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Ken Foote giving CETL workshop on using Google Earth in teaching

Dr. Kenneth FooteGoogle Earth: Strategies for Active Pedagogy In and Out of the Classroom
Ken Foote, Geography
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Laurel Hall 302

Registration is required.

Google Earth offers remarkable worldwide imagery that can help students understand and apply important concepts drawn from many disciplines. This workshop offers examples how Google Earth can be used in class to promote learning, discussion and student learning, as well as for projects that stimulate student interest in course topics.

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New research grant award to Chuanrong (Cindy) Zhang

Congratulations to Dr. Chuarong ZhangChuanrong (Cindy) Zhang (PI), Tian Zhao and Weidong Li (Co-PIs) for receiving a USGS grant award for a project titled Processing and optimization of spatial knowledge queries of The National Map.

The objective of this research is to develop new approaches for spatial knowledge queries of the National Map.  Zhang and her research team will further their existing work on Geospatial Semantic Web to improve the performance of spatial knowledge queries in efficient platforms such as computing clusters and GPUs.  The ultimate goal is to make spatial knowledge query flexible and efficient so that it can replace the current ad hoc Web interface of the National Map at USGS.

Old and new memorials: Ken Foote discusses the Salem witchcraft trials and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting

Dr. Kenneth FooteKen Foote recently appeared in a C-SPAN broadcast.  It was about a talk he delivered in Salem, MA, in June on the 325th anniversary of the killing of Bridget Bishop, the first victim of the witchcraft scare.  Here is the Salem talk:

Ken was also interviewed for a podcast about the efforts to create a memorial for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando.  Here is a link to the podcast:



Ruting Zhai wins third place in student paper competition

Congratulations to Ruiting Zhai for winning the Third-Place award in a student paper competition at the 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics (Aug 2-4, 2017, Buffalo, NY, USA).

Her paper is titled:  Predicting land cover change in Long Island Sound Watersheds and its effect on invasive species: A case study for glossy buckthorn

Professor Mark Boyer op-ed: Not America first, but rather America irrelevant

Professor Mark Boyer recently had op-ed published in the Stamford Advocate concerning the swift path to global irrelevance for the United States under the leadership of President Trump.  His op-ed piece can be found linked below.


Call for Abstracts — Contested Terrains: [Im]Possibilities for Transitions to Just Sustainabilities

GIScience Minor undergrad Alex Bauer featured among CLAS Class of 2017 stories

Alex was recently featured among the CLAS Class of 2017 student profiles.


See his feature here:

Professor Atkinson-Palombo a speaker/moderator for UConn Law School panel

Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo

The UConn School of Law’s Center for Energy and Environmental Law, along with the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, will be hosting a one day conference titled Climate, Carbon, and Cars.  The conference is devoted to the present and future of automobiles and their impact on climate change and the environment.

This is a great opportunity to hear and meet Michael Mann (Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State).  He is a remarkable scientist who has been at the center of climate change research and controversy.

The final panel discussion will feature representatives from Tesla, automotive industry experts, as well as UConn’s Norman Garrick and Geography’s Carol Atkinson-Palombo.  The topic of the panel is:  The Shifting Normative Implications of Disruptive Technologies on Law, and Technology.

More information about attending the conference can be found here:


Professor Carol Atkinson-Palombo appointed Director of the CLAS Environment Studies program

Dr. Carol Atkinson-PalomboWe are delighted of the announcement that Professor Carol Atkinson-Palombo has been appointed Director of the CLAS Environmental Studies Program, beginning on July 1, 2017 and continuing to June 30, 2022.

Professor Atkinson-Palombo has a distinguished record of serving on the Environmental Studies Advisory Board, and of teaching the introductory and capstone courses for the undergraduates during a period where student interest in this program has grown considerably.

Professor Atkinson-Palombo recognized by the Center for Real Estate.

Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo

Associate Professor Carol Atkinson-Palombo is being being recognized by the UConn Center for Real Estate for her contribution to real estate research.  The award honors University of Connecticut Professors who have performed outstanding research in real estate and provided service to the UConn Real Estate Program and the real estate profession.

Congratulations Professor Atkinson-Palombo.