News Brief from Our Chair Darla Munroe

September 11, 2020

News Brief from Our Chair Darla Munroe

Black Lives Matter

Original artwork by Olivia Forsyth.

Faculty News:

A recent paper in Geophysical Research Letters by Zhengyu Liu in collaboration with Liang Ning of Nanjing Normal University was highlighted by Nature last month. Combining historical observations and climate modeling, they propose that the ~300 years old Ming Dynasty was toppled, in part, by a drought and a volcanic eruption in 1641.

Harvey Miller was featured in a Guardian article, How SUVs conquered the world – at the expense of its climate

Alumni News: 

Blake Acton (MA, 2020) has accepted a position as a Transit Analyst/Planner with the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. This career opportunity will involve mapping and spatial analysis of large and complex transportation data to support mobility planning, multimodal accessibility and environmental justice analysis for transportation projects in the greater Boston Massachusetts region.

Upcoming Events: 

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) is hosting the webinar on the impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Long-term Implications and Adaptations on 12 pm Friday, September 18. Click HERE to read more and to register.

The Geography speakers' series has gone virtual!
Our first colloquium speaker is Robyn Wilson, Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science from SENR, presenting on Climate Change in the Eastern Corn Belt Region. 3:30 - 5 pm on Friday, September 25. Click HERE to register.

Geography Blog: 

We have two new entries to the blog.

In last week's post on the Census 2020 theme, Deondre Smiles (PhD Geog, 2020) explores the 2020 U.S. Census and Indigenous peoples, highlighting that despite the fraught history of Federal counting of Indigenous peoples in the United States, indigenous groups like the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are now organizing and working in partnership with the Census to make sure they are accurately counted.

This week, yours truly (Darla Munroe) penned a piece on the difficulty of translating a concept like a rural forested community into something measurable with data.


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Darla Munroe
Professor and Chair