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Geography professor to lead Sustainable Amsterdam study abroad in Summer 2018

Professors Carol Atkinson-Palombo and Norman Garrick will be leading a three-week study abroad program in Amsterdam.
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Join:  The “UConn Sustainable Amsterdam” Facebook group.

Professor Fosdick to give colloquium at Wesleyan University

Professor Fosdick will be giving a colloquium to the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at Wesleyan University on Nov 9th, 2017.  The title of her talk is:  Tectonic insights from integrated sedimentary provenance: from orogenic growth of the Patagonian Andes to Quaternary faulting along the San Andreas Fault.

If you are interested in attending, the colloquium will be in the Exley Science Center (Exley 405) from 11:50-12:50.

Shamayeta Bhattacharya receives student paper award at recent NESTVAL meeting

Congratulations to Shamayeta Bhattacharya who recently won 2nd place in the NESTVAL student paper competition.

Her paper is titled:  Exploring and operationalizing the beach walkability construct based on tourist’s perception:  An empirical study conducted in the east Midnapore beaches.

Memorials and the Las Vegas shooting: UConn Today interviews Ken Foote

Dr. Kenneth FooteProfessor Foote was recently interviewed for an UConn Today posting regarding memoral sites and the Las Vegas shooting.

You can find the posting here:

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.

Visit for registration.


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