News Brief from our Chair Darla Munroe

March 6, 2020
OSU Geograpy at the Dimensions of Political Ecology meeting

Members of the OSU Department of Geography presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Dimensions of Political Ecology, at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington. Graduate students Ariel Rawson and Sam Kay, and faculty members Max Woodworth and Becky Mansfield

Faculty News:   

Kenneth Madsen (OSU Newark) was quoted in this Slate article, featuring his incredibly detailed graphic depicting all the regulations waived by the Department of Homeland Security in pursuit of the wall at the US-Mexico border.

Student News: 

Yue Lin (PhD student, Geography) received the AAG’s 2020 Kauffman Runner-Up Award for Best Student Paper for Geography and Entrepreneurship. She is invited to present her paper, "A deep learning architecture for semantic address matching," at a special session for the AAG Kauffman Awards scheduled for Thursday, April 9.

Alyssa Reynolds (BS student, Atmospheric Science) and presented at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum this week. Alyssa's project is titled, "Analyzing the Tornado Climatology of the Ohio Valley Region from 1960- 2018," with mentors Bryan Mark and Jay Hobgood. Joel Wainwright mentored a student from History, Jake Ferrell, "Historicizing Change in 20th Century Belizean Political Economy."

Ning Zhang successfully defended her dissertation this week. Her dissertation is titled “Soil Moisture Mapping in South Central United States by blending In-situ, Modeled and Remote Sensing Data”. Her committee members were Desheng Liu, Alvaro Montenegro and Darla Munroe, and advisor Steven Quiring.

Alumni News: 

Gunhak Lee (PhD Geography, 2008) has been promoted to the rank of Professor with tenure in the Department of Geography, Seoul National University.

Upcoming Events: 

Daniel Nepstad is coming to Columbus next week as part of an event, Climate Change and the Future of the Amazon, hosted by the Columbus Council on World Affairs and the Center for Latin American Studies at OSU. 
He will visit us here in Geography on Tuesday, March 10th at 2 pm in Derby 1080. Coffee will be served.


Darla Munroe
Professor and Chair