Geography News and Events
News and Events - Spring 2013
The False Spring of 2012, Earliest in North American Record
Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz co-authored an article showing the historically early spring 2012 through metrics of phenology.
UWM Geographers Recognized at Community Engagement and Student Leadership Awards
Congratulations to incoming geography master's student Peter Armstrong (BA, 2012) for receiving the Service Learner of the Year Award!
Current master's student Angie Jackson was also recognized for her contributions to service learning, along with Ann Brummitt of the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, who received Community Partner of the Year.
Congratulations to Geography faculty members Rina Ghose (pictured) and Changshan Wu, who both recently received 10-year service awards from UWM!
Joel Dohm (B.S., 2012)
Joel began working last year for the Coastal Planning Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia. Little did he know he'd be assessing the damage from the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Joel has shared on the Geography Facebook page his story and some powerful photos from the Jersey and Delaware shore with us.
U.S. Geological Survey Research Grant
UW Water Resources Institute awarded funds for the proposal Professors Woonsup Choi and Changshan Wu submitted to the USGS 104(b) Research Grants Program for Federal FY 2013-14: Impacts of climatic and land use changes on streamflow and water quality in the Milwaukee River basin. The total proposed budget is $78,556, including 50% match from the College of Letters and Science.
Service Learning project at the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition
The students from Geography 125 presented the findings of their Service Learning project at the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition head offices. They used a GPS (Global Positioning System) to obtain reference points which they subsequently used to map a number of trails along the Milwaukee River. They combined a number of sources of information into a series of maps which they are holding in the image above.
From left to right: Angie Jackson (Teaching Assistant and project manager, UWM), Ben Everson (UWM), Alyssa Biersack(UWM), Chris Cooksey(UWM), Ann Brummitt (Director, Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition), David Rossiter (UWM) and Mary-Martha Kipcak (UWM).
Geography Facebook page now open
The UWM Geography Department has opened a Facebook page. It will provide timely updates on the department. Everyone is welcome to visit.
Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racist Scholarship and Practice in Geography established
The Association of American Geographers created a new award named after Dr. Harold M. Rose, who was a long-time professor of Geography at UWM. Dr. Rose has been a consistent proponent of geographic research that addresses discrimination and segregation. More on page 3 of the AAG Newsletter Vol. 47, No. 5, May 2012.
Harold and Florence Mayer Lecture: Dr. Richard Walker (Feb. 1, 2013)
Harold and Florence Mayer Lecture: Dr. Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, "The Rise and Fall of the Golden State: Hard Lessons of Liberal Capitalism Learned in California" AGSL, 3rd floor Golda Meir Library
Center for the 21st Century Studies (Feb. 1, 2013)
Anna Mansson McGinty (Geography and Women’s Studies), Caroline Seymour-Jorn (Comparative Literature), and Kristin M Sziarto (Geography) shared their work on the Muslim Milwaukee Project, discussing the difficulties and benefits of community collaboration.
Debate on Globalization – Geography 304: Human Impact on the Environment
The students in Geography 304 ‘Human impact on the environment’ took part in a class activity entitled ‘structured intellectual conflict exercise’ otherwise known as a debate! The class was divided into teams of four consisting of two pairs. Each pair adopted a ‘for’ or ‘against’ position and developed three main argument points. The topic of the exercise was ‘Globalization should be our top priority’ and teams adopted the stance of America or India. As you can imagine there were many opinions expressed and contested which resulted in a very lively class.