Chairman O'Kelly's News Brief

October 23, 2017

A response piece by Deondre Smiles was published in the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, Minnesota) this week. The piece is entitled “In Response: From one millennial to another: lose your privilege” and was written in response to an op-ed published in the News Tribune last week attacking the idea of safe spaces. Deondre’s adviser is Kendra McSweeney.

Ning Zhang (Steven Quiring, adviser) recently had two first-author papers published. The first is based on a class project that she led at Texas A&M. Her co-authors include fellow OSU PhD student Chen Zhao:

Zhang, N., Zhao, C., Quiring, S. M. and J. Li (2017) Winter wheat yield prediction based on NDVI and agro-climate parameters in Oklahoma. Agronomy Journal, 109: 2700–2713. doi:10.2134/agronj2017.03.0133

The second paper is based on work completed for a project funded by the South Central Climate Science Center (PI is Tyson Ochsner, Oklahoma State University):

Zhang, N., Quiring, S. M., Ochsner, T. and T. W. Ford (2017) Comparison of Three Methods for Vertical Extrapolation of Soil Moisture in Oklahoma. Vadose Zone Journal, 16(10)

Steven Quiring was in Oxford from Oct. 11-15 to attend an editorial board meeting for Anthropocene. This interdisciplinary journal publishes peer-reviewed works addressing the nature, scale, and extent of interactions that people have with Earth processes and systems. All OSU geographers are encouraged to submit manuscripts that deal with human-Earth system interactions.

I wanted to give you an update on the timing of the annual election for AAAS Electorate Nominating Committees (ENC) including two OSU Candidates in our fields:

Geology and Geography: Kendra McSweeney

Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences: Zhengyu Liu

The election, for those who can vote, is scheduled to open on October 24 and close on November 22, 2017.

Dan Sui is doing NSF outreach in Missouri this week, and will also be attending the West Lake Division of AAG (WLDAAG) annual meeting in West Plains, MO from Friday to Sunday.  He is the luncheon keynote speaker for this year's WLDAAG meeting: "Stepping into the same river twice: On reproducibility and replication in geographic research."