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Diane BenBella receives NIH pre-doctorial fellowship

Congratulations go out to Diane BenBellaDiane BenBella, who has been selected to receive a competitive multi-year pre-doctoral fellowship program funded by NIH starting in July 2017.

This fellowship is part of a T32-AIDS Training Grant with Dr. Seth Kalichman (UConn) as the PI and Dr. Debs Ghosh (Diane’s major advisor) as one of the five training faculty.

This is an institutional level grant for developing research and training opportunities for pre and postdoctoral fellows to be trained in social processes of AIDS research.

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in memoriam: Thomas Lewis

Dr. Thomas Lewis (150)It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Tom Lewis on January 26, 2017.

For those who did not know Tom, he spent 15 years as an Associate Professor-in-Residence here in the UConn Geography Department after teaching 29 years at Manchester Community College.  He also served as the Connecticut Geographic Alliance Coordinator for many years.  He had a tremendous impact on geography and geography education here in CT and much further afield.

Tom’s obituary which appeared in the Hartford Courant can be viewed HERE.

Professor Mark Boyer: Can’t we have an honest debate about climate change?

MarkBoyer-150Professor Mark Boyer recently had op-ed published in the New Haven Register concerning climate change.

You can read it here:


Professor Ouimet on WNPR discussing LiDAR and the Hidden Secrets of CT’s Industrial Past

Dr. William Ouimet (150)Professor Ouimet was recently interviewed on WNPR about finding charcoal mounds using LiDAR.

Geography graduate student Joey Danko wins NESTVAL award

Joe DankoCongratulations go out to Joey Danko for winning the Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2016 NESTVAL meeting.

Joey’s paper, titled The Local Socioeconomic Impact of Destination Redevelopments in Las Vegas (1990-2010): A Shift-Share Analysis Approach, was presented in the Urban Geography 2: City Planning and Development session of the New England – St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) Geographical Society Annual Fall Conference at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, CAN on October 15, 2016.

Professor Ghosh to give lectures at Winter School on Geospatial Technologies

Dr. Debs Ghosh (150)

Professor Ghosh to give lectures at Winter School on Geospatial Technologies, Chitakara University, Himachal Pradesh, India Dec 7th-9th 2016.

Dr. Ghosh has been invited as a guest lecturer to a Winter School on Geospatial technologies and Applications held at the Chitkara University.  The 21-day (1st December – 21st December, 2016) Winter School focuses on the theory, technology, and applications of Geospatial Technologies.

Dr. Ghosh will deliver lectures and a brief demonstration of how to innovatively combine Geographic Information Science and open source data from social media such as Twitter and Google Maps.

Professor Ghosh to give colloquium at SFSU

Dr. Debs Ghosh (150)Dr. Debs Ghosh has been invited to give a colloquium at San Francisco State University.  The title of her talk is:  Beyond the Ivory Tower: Integrating Research and Teaching using Community Based Participatory Research.

Her talk describes a research project titled, Picture my (un)healthy community: A youth photovoice project at three geographic scales’, a community based participatory research technique that uses photographic images taken by participants to inform or voice their concerns to policymakers for enabling social changes.

Professor Foote gives insight to Sandy Hook and 9/11 memorialization

Dr. Kenneth Foote

Professor Foote’s book Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy was recently referenced in a NY Times Magazine article concerning the tragedy at Sandy Hook.  The NY Times article can be found at:


Professor Foote was also recently interviewed for two blog posts from the Ford’s Theatre in DC about a new play they are performing about 9/11.  The first post can be found online at:

Geography professors selected as UConn’s Environmental Policy Advisory Council members

Professors Carol Atkinson-Palombo and Anji Seth have been selected as at-large members for the UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC).

EPAC is advisory to the UConn President, Provost, and other senior administrators about strategies for enhancing UConn’s environmental performance.

More info about the EPAC can be found here:



Professor Mark Boyer adds insight to gender in politics discussion

MarkBoyer-150Professor Mark Boyer was recently interviewed by UConn Today in regards to the gender in politics discussion.

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