In December 2012, Dr. David Shankman retired after 25 years of service to the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama. In his time at UA, Dr. Shankman established the Environmental Science Program, mentored many graduate and undergraduate students, and introduced many students to the field of physical geography. His contributions to geography at the Capstone are greatly appreciated.
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Dr. Bobby Wilson will receive the 2012 Association of American Geographers Presidential Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Wilson at the annual meeting of the AAG in Los Angeles, California in April 2013.
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The University of Alabama Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences are hosting a Geospatial Information Sciences and Technologies (GIST) Awareness Day. Geospatial skills are in necessary for some of the most promising career paths in the twenty-first century. Learn more about these technologies and their applications in myriad academic disciplines. All events are free and open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.
When: November 15, 2012
Where: Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library
Program of Events:
8:00-4:00 Student GIST Poster Display, J. Wray and Joan Billingsley Pierce Grand Foyer (second floor)
View posters submitted by students that show how geospatial technology is used in various ways.
From 12:30 to 1 p.m., attend a poster session where you can talk with the student authors about their posters. Winners of the campus-wide poster contest will be announced at the conclusion of the speaker presentations in Room 205 at 3:30 p.m.
10:00-12:30 Software Demonstrations, Digital Humanities Center, Room 109A
Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the entire session to see GIS software in action; watch demonstrations of digital map-making; view Map Books containing digital maps created for a variety of subjects, and learn about academic and career opportunities in geospatial sciences and technologies.
12:30 -1:00 Student GIST Poster Session, J. Wray and Joan Billingsley Pierce Grand Foyer (second floor)
Attend a poster session where you can talk with the student authors of the poster entries in the campus-wide GIST contest. They will answer questions and explain how they used geospatial sciences and technologies in their projects.
1:00-4:00 Speaker’s Presentations, Room 205
Geospatial scientists and practitioners will present and explain how they use GIS, Remote Sensing and other geospatial technologies in their work. During the afternoon session, the winners of the student poster contest will be announced. After the presentation the student award winners will be available beside their posters to answer questions.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Geography are sponsoring a poster contest open to all University of Alabama undergraduate and graduate student users of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and other Geospatial Technologies.
Posters will be displayed and competition winners will be announced on Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The poster competition is part of a larger event sponsored by the University Libraries’ and the College of Arts and Sciences’ to highlight the widespread applications of geospatial sciences and technologies.
Undergraduate and graduate submissions will be judged separately, and the winners in each category will receive CASH PRIZES in the amount of the following:
1st place: $250
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $50
Posters may reflect student research from any college on campus. However, the poster’s theme must emphasize how geospatial sciences and technologies were used in the research process.
Submission Instructions and Evaluation Criteria
The Deadline for all poster submissions is November 5, 2012
- Final posters will be printed at a size of 24 x 36 inches. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the contents of his/her poster conform to these dimensions. We cannot make modifications to the content of the posters. The Department of Geography will print the posters and ensure that they are laminated and mounted at no cost to the student.
- In the subject line of the email, please indicate that your status as an undergraduate or graduate, and in the body of the email, please include the following:
- Student’s name
- Title of the poster
- Academic status Junior, Senior, Masters’ candidate, etc.
- The poster must include student’s name, title, academic status and department or major.
- The poster should feature geospatial technologies as either the research focus or in support of a broader study.
- Each poster must have at least one map or image, preferably more, which demonstrate(s) the outcome or results of the research and significant methodological steps along the way.
- The text on the posters must state a research question or geospatial problem to be examined; outline a research methodology, outcomes and conclusions. However, the accompanying textual information must have as its PRIMARY focus the geospatial technologies used to conduct the research, including the specific software and versions of that software used.
- Sources of data used in creating the posters must be properly cited.
Posters will be judged by non-users of the softwares, so your explanations should be free of technical jargon. If you choose to use acronyms, prior to using them, spell them out, and be sure to explain what they mean. In addition, the following criteria will apply:
- Clarity and completeness of presentation- Is the content of the poster presented in such a way that it is understandable to a general audience who have never, or do not typically, use these technologies? Is there a logical consistency to your poster?
- Design- Are the contents of the poster presented in a visually pleasing manner; do maps and images conform to cartographic design principles (title, legend, north arrow, etc); are the textual components free of typographical errors and presented neatly?
- Citations- Are your datasets sourced; if you create your own data, is your methodology in doing so clearly explained?
The posters will be displayed on November 15th on the second floor of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library prior to the Geospatial Information Sciences and Technologies Awareness Day Symposium. All contestants are expected to be in the poster display area at 12:30 and to attend the Symposium beginning at 1:00. The awards will be announced at the end of the Symposium.
The Department of Geography would like to welcome the following students into our graduate program.
Welcome to the Capstone and Roll Tide!
The Department of Geography would like to welcome Sagy Cohen to the faculty. Sagy earned his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle in Australia under Garry Willgoose and Greg Hancock and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship with CSDMS and INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sagy has research interests in global sediment and water monitoring, soil-landscape evolution modeling, geomorphology, and geocomputation. We are very pleased that Sagy has joined us at the Capstone.
The Department of Geography will be hosting three presenters in the focus of physical geography. Please attend their research presentations if you are able and interested.
Schedule of Research Presentations:
Monday, March 5, 10:30am, Farrah Hall, room 220: Interactions among vegetation,
soil, and aeolian processes: observations and modeling – Junran Li, UCLA
Wednesday, March 7, 2:00pm, Farrah Hall, room 120: Vegetation dynamics as a
diagnostic tool for forested watershed systems – Taehee Hwang, UNC,
Friday, March 9, 2:00pm, Farrah Hall, 120: Bridging spatial and temporal
scales in numerical modeling of earth surface processes – Sagy Cohen,
CSDMS, INSTAAR, UC, Boulder
Over the past few years several graduates of our MS program, Jeremy Griffith, Scott Farmer, and Alan Gray, earned certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners. To become a certified planner, American Planning Association members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The exam is given twice a year, in May and November. Congrats guys!
Thomas Wells successfully defended his PhD dissertation on the environmental and social aspects of the aging dam infrastructure on the Black Warrior River. Thomas earned the PhD through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UA. His committee was chaired by Hobson Bryan and Geography was his home academic department. Congrats!
The annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) was held in Savannah, Georgia November 20th through the 22nd. Faculty represented the department with paper sessions and also panel discussions. Graduate students of the department gave poster presentations and the department was also represented in the World Geography Bowl competition by Jaclyn Brown, Lauren Crain, Robert Ealy, John Mason, and Andrew Vinson. Faculty and students who presented at the conference are listed below along with the titles of their work.
Faculty represented by the department at the conference were:
David M. Brommer, University of Alabama: From Warning to Action: Tornado Warning Lead Time and Personal Protection Decisions from the University of Alabama Community During the April 27, 2011 Tornado.
Saskia L. van de Gevel, Appalachian State University, Justin L. Hart, The University of Alabama,
Mark D. Spond, Appalachian State University, Philip B. White, Appalachian State University,
Megan N. Sutton, The Nature Conservancy, and Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee: American Chestnut to Red Oak: a Dendroecological Study of Forest Succession in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Justin Hart1 , Megan Buchanan1, Stacy Clark2, Scott Torreano3: 1Department of Geography, University of Alabama,2Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 3Department of Forestry and Geology, University of the South: Old-growth on the tablelands of the Cumberland Plateau: forest history and management implications.
Jason C. Senkbeil, J.M. Mason, and M.S. Rockman, University of Alabama: Shelter Seeking Behavior of Tuscaloosa Residents for a Future Tornado Event.
Bronwen Lichtenstein and Joe Weber, University of Alabama: Race, Income Disparities and Mortgage Foreclosure in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
Bobby Wilson, University of Alabama: Postbellum Racial State and Capital.
Bobby Wilson also participated in a Panel Discussion titled, Troy Davis Execution: Life and Death in the Racial State
Current graduate students of the department that presented posters were:
Ben Lundberg, Accessibility and University Populations: Effects on Non-Motorized Transportation in the Tuscaloosa-Northport Area
Meganne Rockman, The Role of Hurricane Intensity and Track on Evacuation Decision Making of Pensacola, FL Residents
Cory Rhodes, Frequency and intensity of tornadoes produced by tropical cyclones and tropical lows in landfalling gulf coast storms
Courtney Thompson, The Impact of Social Network Communication During the April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado
Zach Tyler, Lake Tuscaloosa and the North River: An Analysis and Plans to Improve Water Quality