Schedule

The conference will take place at the EMU Student Center on Eastern Michigan University's campus. Attendees may park in the Student Center Parking Lot. More information on parking may be provided in the registration materials.

Find the EMU Student Center on the campus map at Printable Campus Map [PDF].

Thursday (10/12)

6–8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Registration

Welcome Reception with hors d'oeuvres from the Red Rock Barbecue Restaurant and Conference Check-In at the historic Freighthouse building located in the Depot Town district of Ypsilanti – 100 Market Place (East Cross Street).  Live music will be provided.  There is a large parking lot located to the west of the building that can be accessed off of E. Cross on the south side and off of Forest Street on the north side.  Additional parking lots are located east of the Freighthouse and railroad tracks – which can be accessed from North River Street.

The Ypsilanti Freighthouse, as part of the Michigan Central Railroad complex, played a vital role in the growth and develop.m.ent of the City of Ypsilanti and all of southeastern Michigan. The Michigan Central Railroad (MCRR) completed its first major railroad line in the state from Detroit to Ypsilanti in January 1838, with the first train arriving on February 8. Ypsilanti was founded in 1823 on the Huron River, which provided an abundant source of waterpower. It was the second incorporated village in Michigan and was selected as the terminus of this first rail line because the MCRR, as it pushed the railroad west toward Chicago, viewed it as a location with great potential for growth.

​The Freighthouse was acquired by the City of Ypsilanti in 1979 and it was opened as a community center. The following year it began to house the bi-weekly Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market, which remained in effect until 2014. Its wide open lay out and rustic character made it an attractive site for uses such as weddings, parties, community events, fundraisers, civic meetings, auto shows, general commerce, antique auctions and a polling place for local elections. The current building, while it has been maintained over the years, is in need of a few final updates so it can re-open for public and community use.

Friday (10/13)

8 a.m.–12 p.m.  Registration – Student Center Building

Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast in the EMU Student Center - Third Floor West Hallway and Rooms 310 A & B

8–9 a.m. ELDAAG Chairs Breakfast Meeting – SC Room 302

8:30–10:10 a.m.  Paper Sessions 1, 2 and 3

Session 1

Urban Geography—Economic Develop.m.ent and Housing – SC Room 320;
Chair Gin (Ping) Zhou - Eastern Michigan University

The Atlanta BeltLine: Reinscribing Racism in the City’s Housing Market.
Brooke Robinson, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Gentrification, white flight, or something else? Demographic change in the suburbs.
Thomas Carroll, Department of Geography, DePaul University
The Law of the Land: A Ranking Index of Conformity with Zoning Codes of Vacant Property in the City of Kalamazoo.
Robert Durkee, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University
A new urban typology model to identify dominant trajectories of neighborhood change: A case of Metro Detroit, 1970-2010.
Yuchen Li, Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University
Gun-related Crime in the City of Detroit, Michigan: Exploring the dynamics of Firearm Availability and Population Characteristics.
Samuel Owusu-Agyemang, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo

Session 2

Mapping the Urban Environment – SC Room 330;
Chair Dr. Yichun Xie – Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Stress from Roadway Transportation Sector in Urban Area.
Muhammad Salaha Uddin, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo;
MD. Shakil Khan, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Urban Map Updating Using Satellite Images Case Study of Tripoli, Libya.
Khaled Aboganah, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo
Analyzing Spatial Distribution of accident locations - A Case Study of Mirpur Corridor, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Panini Amin Chowdhury, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo;
Bhuiyan M. Alam, Ph.D., Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo;
Bayes Ahmed, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London
Brewing on the Edge: The Economic and Community Impacts of Small Town Breweries on the Outskirts of “Beer City, U.S.A.
Alyson M. Mabie, Western Michigan University

Session 3

Tourism and Conservation – SC Room 350;
Chair Dr. Susy Ziegler – Northern Michigan University

Hey! Watch where you step: The Effects of Ecotourism on the Icelandic Landscape.
Madeline Coalmer, Department of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean: Utopian Ideal or Dystopian Disaster?
Kara Jueckstock, Department of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College
Physical Fences and Social Boundaries: The Human Implications of Privatizing Nature in Patagonia Park.
Ellen Sizer, Department of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Determining an optimal hiking trail across a fragmented landscape
Whitney Lambert, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University
Tourism-driven urbanization in China’s small town develop.m.ent.
Li Yang, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University

10:10–10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m.  Sessions 4, 5, 6 and 7

Session 4:

Approaches to Human Geography – SC Room 320;
Chair Dr. Harry J. Wilson – Northern Ohio University

Patterns of Intercounty Migration in the United States: A Review of Periods Before, During and After the Great Recession of 2007.
Owusua Yamoah, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo
The Brunch: Class performance and exclusivity consequences in Chicago.
Madeline Mosso, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Spatial dimensions of urban masculinity.
Allison Carvalho, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Disco Will Survive: Sexual Liberation in Discotheques of the 1970s.
Robin Gallagher, Department of Geography, DePaul University
And Party Every Day: 1970s Rock Music Industry and University Campus Entertainment.
Dr. Harry J. Wilson, Department of Geography, Ohio Northern University
Travis Yammine, Department of Geography, Ohio Northern University

Session 5

Issues in Human Geography – SC Room 330;
Chair Dr. John Oswald – Eastern Michigan University

Connecting Geography with Communication Theory — A Literature Review.
Adiyana Sharag-Eldin, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Dr. Xinyue Ye, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Dr. Brian Spitzberg, Department of Geography, San Diego State University
Spatial and Temporal Change in Halal Food Sales and Consumption: A case study of the city of Dearborn, Michigan.
Sam Roobar, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University
Against Dichotomies: The Mediation of the Berlin Landscape.
Sarah Arnold, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Childhood Injury Risk in Akron, Ohio, and the Role of Weather.
Scott Sheridan, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Jacqueline Curtis, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Andrew Curtis, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Heather Trnka, Akron Children’s Hospital
Eric Hutzell, Summit County ADM Board
Mary Infantino, Akron Police Department
Beth Kuckuck, Summit County ADM Board
Sherry Blair, Akron Children’s Hospital
Historical GIS Approaches to the Industrial Archaeology of Cities: Risk, Mobility, and New Scales of Inquiry.
Dan Trepal, Michigan Technological University
Don Lafreniere, Michigan Technological University

Session 6

Human-Environment Interactions, Geospatial Applications – SC Room 350;
Chair Dr. Xining Yang – Eastern Michigan University

Relationship between the Artic Oscillation and a Cold Weather Outbreak in Southeast China.
Dianyi Li, Department of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Inter-Comparison of Off-Shore Weather Buoys: An Analysis of Weather and Wave Data Collection Equip.m.ent.
Holly Roth, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Norma Froelich, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Impact of Buildings in Routing Shale Gas Gathering Pipelines in Carrol County, Ohio.
Felix Asare-Bediako, Department of Geosciences, University of Akron
Shannon Donnelly, Department of Geosciences, University of Akron
A new weighted method to detect the lag effect of climate on vegetation: a study case in loess Plateau, China: 1982-2013
Tianyang Chen – Eastern Michigan University

Session 7

Environmental Geography – SC Room 301;
Chair Dr. Zachary Moore – Eastern Michigan University

Aftermath of a Mega-Fire: A Case-Study of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, Arizona Through Remote Sensing.
Alex Temes, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Does Continuous Wavelet Feature Transform Improve the Spectral Diversity Hypothesis?
John W. Gross, Center for Geographic Information Science and Geography Department, Central Michigan University;
Dr. Benjamin W. Heumann, Center for Geographic Information Science and Geography Department, Central Michigan University
The utilization of Citizen-Scientists for Collecting Data in Determining the Quality of Vernal Pools in Michigan.
Michelle Souza, Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University
How do Natural and Human Factors affect Forests in the Russian Far East?
Kathleen Bergen, School for Environment and Sustainability - The University of Michigan;
Wanqi Ouyang, School for Environment and Sustainability, The University of Michigan

Poster Session

10:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Student Center Room 300

Population Density and Crime in the City of Boston Massachusetts in 2013.
Veronica Ahadzie, Department of Geosciences, University of Akron
Sustainable Community Develop.m.ent and Military Base Closures: A Case Study of the KI Sawyer Community, a Decommissioned Airforce Base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Teresa Bertossi Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Emily Szymanski, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University;
Jamie Whiting, Earth, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Adam Mugnuson Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Luke Gray, Earth, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Lisa Johnson, Earth, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Gabriel Caplett, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University
Experiential Learning: Hands-on successes and failures
Charles Frederick, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University
Redlining Factors: Digitized Residential Security Map of the City of Dayton, Ohio
Kyle Gibbs, Department of Geography, Sinclair Community College
Atlas of the 2016 Elections
John Heppen, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Wisconsin River Falls
The Quality of Transit of the CTA in Relation to Chicago’s Underprivileged Population
Brian Li, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Mapping and Modeling the Critical Habitat of the Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma Powershiek) using a UAS Platform.
Matthew Neitman, Department of Geography, Central Michigan University
Dr. Benjamin Heumann, Department of Geography, Central Michigan University
Mapping Diabetes to Inform School-based Prevention Interventions in Selected Cities in Michigan
Nurjannah; Western Michigan University
Production and Routing of Surface Meltwater on the Greenland Ice Sheet Ablation Zone
Christopher Pessell, Department of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Evaluation of Ozone Gradients Using In-situ Mobile Sensors during OWLETS 2017
Jeremy Schroeder, Department of Geography and Planning, The University of Toledo, Toledo OH;
Margaret Pippin, NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA;
Tim Berkoff, Science Systems and Applications, Inc
Exploring Rent Population as a Tool for Affordable Housing
Erin Slater, Department of Geography, DePaul University
Critical geographies: preliminary geospatial analyses of migrant death sites in southern Arizona, USA
Justin White, Department of Geography and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Site Suitability Evaluation for the Location of an Oil Refinery at the Jubilee Oil Field, Ghana-West Africa.
Franchesca Mireku, Department of Geosciences, University of Akron
Characteristics of Deer-Vehicle Collisions in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Alex LaPorte, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University
Detecting and Assessing Harmful Algal Bloom Concentrations in the Cuyahoga River Watershed, Ohio using SWAT and Satellite Remote Sensing.
Peter Kimosop, Department of Geography, Youngstown State University
Crisis Intervention Incidents, Mental Health and Suicide Rate in Akron, Ohio
Ortis Yankey, Department of Geosciences -The University of Akron; Eric G. Hutzell, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board, Summit County, Ohio

GTU Session Roundtable – SC Room 302
Chair – Dr. Karen D. Johnson-Webb – Bowling Green State University

12:10–1 p.m. Lunch – Student Center Room 310 A & B

1–1:30 p.m. AAG Address and ELDAAG Annual Business Meeting (student awards) – Student Center Room 310 A & B

Keynote Address: “Makin’ It REAL: Public Engagement in Geography,” by AAG President Dr. Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

1:30–3:10 p.m. Sessions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

Session 8

Approaches to Human Geography II – SC Room 320;
Chair Dr. Matt Cook – Eastern Michigan University

Selecting the “perfect” donor: Choices in Artificial Insemination.
Dr. Marcia England, Department of Geography, Miami University
Geographies of Student Debt. 
Dr. Denise Goersich, Department of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University
Midwestern Values Visible in the Ring: Local Professional Wrestling as Crucible for Community.
David Beard, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth
John Heppen, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Historical Geographies of the African American Experience: Analyzing Museums’ Changing Narratives.
Dr. Matthew Cook, Department of Geology and Geography, Eastern Michigan University
Together/Separated: Ethnonational Identity Narratives, Conflict, and the Geovisualization of Cyprus’ Historic (co)Habitation Patterns.
John Oswald, Department of Geography & Geology, Eastern Michigan University

Session 9

Political Ecology and Environmental Analysis – SC Room 350
Chair: Dr. Mandy Munro-Stasiuk - Kent State University

If You Build (or Allow) It They Will Come: Unsustaining Coastal Develop.m.ent and Geographic Research: The Case of Hastings Drive, Long Point (Lake Erie), Ontario Canada - 1952 to 2017.
Patrick Lawrence, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo
Forest and Fields: Reconsidering the Rural Landscape in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
William M. Hunter, National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Political Economy of Irrigation in Democratic Kampuchea, 1975-1979.
James Tyner, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Sokvisal Kimsroy, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Stian Rice, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Corrine Coakley, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Khmer Rouge Irrigation in Cambodia (1975-1979) and landscape impact.
Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Department of Geography, Kent State University
James Tyner, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Corrine Coakley, Department of Geography, Kent State University
Stian Rice, Department of Geography, Kent State University

Session 10

Urban Geography - Economic Develop.m.ent - Room SC 301
Chair: Dr. Karen D. Johnson-Webb – Bowling Green State University

Visual Analysis of Public Metro Data.
Xining Yang, Department of Geography & Geology, Eastern Michigan University
Citizen Science for Urban Forest Management? Predicting the Data Density and Richness of Urban Forest Volunteered Geographic Information.
Alec Foster, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
What Changed and What Does it Matter? Lessons from a Legacy City housing Market.
Brian A. Mikelbank, Director, Master of Science in Urban Studies Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Connecting Structural Racism and Maternal Stress to Low Birth Weight Births in Lucas County, OH: An Intersectional Analysis.
Karen D. Johnson-Webb, Department of Geography, Bowling Green State University

Session 11

Conservation – Recreational – Rural Geography - Room SC 330
Chair Dr. Gregory Veeck – Western Michigan University

A Reflection on Wildlife Conservation Strategies for Africa’s Iconic Mammals . Key words: Conservation, Leadership, Africa
M.S. DeVivo, Grand Rapids Community College
Guided Educational Tourism as Informal Physical Geography Education on St. Helena Island, Michigan
Joseph M. Lane and Joseph P. Stoltman, Department of Geography and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University
Extreme unhatch and fledge rates for an urban Red-tailed Hawk population: life in the city
Justin White, Josh Snook, Roberto Sichera, University of Wisconsin-Parkside; Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Aziendali e Statistiche, University of Palermo, Italy.
Agricultural Transformation: The status of the farm sector in a wealthy Chinese province
Gregory Veeck; Geography, Western Michigan University

1:30–3:10 p.m.

White Glove Event in Halle Library Archives:  Room 310 Halle Library - Limited seating will be made available at EMU’s Halle Library Archives for viewing of manuscript materials from the Mark Jefferson collection. As a founding member of the AAG, Mark Jefferson received correspondence from colleagues in geography programs throughout the early 20th Century – during his 39 years of service as Chair of Geography. As a result of the success of notable individuals who studied under Jefferson, EMU’s Geography program became referred to as the “seedbed” of North American Geography. Those interested in the event can walk over to the Halle Library at approximately 1:35p.m. with Rick Sambrook or arrive on your own.

3:10–3:30 p.m. Break

3:30–5:10p.m.

White Glove Event in Halle Library Archives: Room 310 Halle Library - Limited seating will be made available at EMU’s Halle Library Archives for viewing of manuscript materials from the Mark Jefferson collection. As a founding member of the AAG, Mark Jefferson received correspondence from colleagues in geography programs throughout the early 20th Century – during his 39 years of service as Chair of Geography. As a result of the success of notable individuals who studied under Jefferson, EMU’s Geography program became referred to as the “seedbed” of North American Geography. Those interested in the event can walk over to the Halle Library at approximately 3:35p.m. with Rick Sambrook or arrive on your own.

4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.: Informal Post Conference Gathering at Corner Brewery

Informal after the Conference Social Gathering Reception at the Arbor Brewing Company’s (ABC Microbrewery) Corner Brewery – located at 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti. Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Norris St and E Forest Ave – just north of Depot Town; (734) 480-2739 – (www.arborbrewing.com). Depending upon the weather, we will likely look for picnic tables in the beer garden area to socialize after the conference. There is also a fair amount of seating inside the brewery.

Ypsilanti residents and entrepreneurs Matt and Rene Greff founded the first micro-brewery in Ann Arbor in July 1995 – making the Arbor Brewing Co. Pub & Eatery the 5th microbrewery in Michigan. In 2006, they opened the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti as a larger scale Packaging Brewery for state-wide distribution, making adaptive reuse of the office building of the former Motor Wheel manufacturing complex. Photographic displays outside of the building present the diverse manufacturing history of the site near the banks of the Huron River. In 2010, the Greffs embarked on a one million dollar Green Brewery expansion and renovation, as the popularity of their brand grew in Michigan. They also decided to formally rename the Ypsilanti facility Arbor Brewery Company (ABC) Microbrewery to avoid any confusion about the affiliation with their location on Washington St., in Ann Arbor. Nevertheless, Corner Brewery is still painted on the side of the building. You will be delighted and surprised to know the Greffs also own a brewery in Bangalore, India. Be sure to ask your server about the story of the blonde on the Bollywood Blonde bottle label – which is among their most popular beers. In 2017, the Greff’s were bought out - but will remain involved with the brewery.

Saturday (10/14)

Field Trip departs from the Student Center at 8:30 a.m. to return by 3:30 p.m.

Attendees may choose to visit local museums on their own or EMU vans will be provided for an excursion to the Henry Ford Museum/ Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, with a stop at a Middle Eastern Restaurant to take place afterwards.  Additional information regarding local museums may be found in the Conference Information link

A field trip to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, is planned. A late lunch at a Middle-Eastern restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan will be planned.

The field trip to the Yankee Air Museum has been cancelled, since the museum will be closed on Saturday.

Find the EMU Student Center on the  Printable Campus Map (PDF)