News Brief from Our Chair Darla Munroe

May 8, 2020
Spring 2020 Awards and Graduation Ceremony

50 people attended our virtual Spring Departmental Awards and Graduation Reception. Congratulations, graduates!

Faculty News: 

The Sustainability Institute produced a sustainable mobility video that includes faculty members Huyen Le and Harvey Miller providing their keen insights. 

Harvey Miller was a guest on Transit Columbus “Happy Hour from Home.”  We had a wide-ranging conversation about mobility, sustainability, COVID-19, and bicycles.  

Yue Qin is co-PI on a COVID-19 seed grant funded by the Office of Research. PI Daniel Gingrich, College of Engineering, is leading a project to quantify employment effects and environmental burdens resulting from investments in infrastructure in response to COVID-19 crisis.

Yue Qin has also been selected for the 2020 cohort of Training and Retaining Leaders iSTEM - Geospatial Sciences (TRELIS-GS). TRELIS provides professional development for women in the geospatial sciences in higher education. 

Joel Wainwright published a paper, “How not to think about climate change,” in GeoHumanities.

Student News: 

Jinhyung Lee (PhD candidate, Geog), Harvey Miller and Adam Porr of CURA have conducted innovative research using INRIX data to analyze the impact of COVID-19 related shutdowns on traffic in Ohio. This analysis has gotten a lot of recent press: in the Columbus Dispatch, on WOSU, Columbus Underground, and on WEWS-TV Cleveland.

Jialin Li,  passed his PhD candidacy exam. Jialin’s dissertation proposal is about “Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Methods for Understanding and Generating Maps.” His dissertation committee includes Eric Fosler-Lussier (CSE), Desheng Liu, Harvey Miller, and Ningchuan Xiao as advisor. Jialin is jointly pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Deondre Smiles (PhD candidate, Geog) has contributed a chapter to a report/toolkit published by the Sovereign Bodies Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for missing and murdered Indigenous people, especially women, girls, and Two-Spirit individuals (MMIWG2). The toolkit provides a variety of resources to help advocate for MMIWG2; Deondre’s section is entitled “Ethical and Respectful Engagement between Medical Examiners/Coroners and Indigenous Families and Communities”. You can find the toolkit and other SBI reports here:

Jerry (Xun) Zou passed her PhD exam in Atmospheric Science. Jerry’s dissertation title is “Investigation of Surface Melting in West Antarctica”. Committee members were Alvaro Montenegro (co-advisor), Jay Hobgood, Ellen Mosley-Thompson and David Bromwich (advisor). Jerry has a 1.5-year postdoctoral position with the Byrd Center’s Polar Meteorology Group.

Alumni News:

Jill Clark, PhD Geog 2009, now associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Canada for "Scaling-up food democracy: An analysis of Canadian and US food policy councils." Clark will be conducting research at Carleton University in Ontario.

Darla Munroe
Professor and Chair