News Archive

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GIS Master's Program Ranked

The Geography and Geology Department is proud to announce the recent ranking of our GIS Master's Program as among the top GIS/Geo-informatics programs in the world by Vinithra Rajendran at Geoawesomeness. Check out the article highlighting these top programs for Master's degrees in GIS, Geo-informatics and related programs. 

HP Program alumna to head Packard Plant renovation

Kari Smith (MS, 2011) is featured in this link from the Monroe News about her groundbreaking work on the rehabilitation of the famous Packard Plant in Detroit. It is a fascinating story about the power of historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

G&G Hosts East Lakes Regional AAG Meeting

The Geography and Geology Department hosted the 2017 Annual Meeting of The East Lakes Divisions of the American Association of Geographers 12-13 October, 2017.

Congratulations to HP Master's Student Rachel Ellenson

Rachel Ellenson — a second year Historic Preservation graduate student and graduate assistant—received an award and recognition on Friday, March 24, 2017,  at the Graduate Research Conference for her research presentation entitled "Cultural Landscapes and Re-Photography: Changing Cultures and Our Influence on the Landscape Around Us." Over the last two years, Rachel has cataloged over 5,000 stereo images from the Mark Jefferson collection in the EMU archives. Congratulations, Rachel! 

Pictured below are Dr. Rick Sambrook, Rachel, and HP Professor Dan Bonenburger.

ellenson award

Geography and Geology Department launches new brownbag series

After the many productive discussions that came out of the Fall 2016 NAGT "Building Strong Geosciences Departments" workshop, several G&G faculty and lecturers decided to establish a series of brownbag talks and informal meetings in Winter 2017. Coordinators for this semester are Drs. Ryker and Cook. The series is open to all members of the department including faculty, lecturers, grad students and interested G&G majors.

Please see below for the schedule, and please join us in Strong 201 from 12–1:30, unless otherwise indicated! 

January 20: Introductory discussion
January 23: "Counter narratives and African American historical geographies" presentation - Matt Cook, Pray-Harrold 426
February 3: Teaching Difficult Topics: From Evolution to Revolution
February 6: Presentation by Geology job candidate—1:45 pm, Rm. 215 Mark J. Science Complex
February 8: Presentation by Geology job candidate—12:00 pm, Rm. 215 Mark J. Science Complex
February 9: Presentation by Geology job candidate—2 pm (location TBA)
February 10: Presentation by Geology job candidate—12 pm (location TBA)
February 15: ​"Becoming Highly Productive through Collaboration" brownbag - Katherine Ryker, Halle 104
February 15: Presentation by Geology job candidate—12:00 pm, Rm. 215 Mark J. Science Complex
February 16: Presentation by Geology job candidate—12:30 pm (location TBA)

March 3: High Impact Practices & Liberal Education: America's Promise
March 17: Undergraduate Research Symposium practice talks
April 7: Research presentation by Dr. Steve LoDoca

Professors Cook, Ryker, and Yang win EMU Summer Research Awards

Geography and Geology faculty members Dr. Matthew Cook, Dr. Katherine Ryker, and Dr. Xining Yang were notified in mid-January that each has been awarded an EMU Summer Research/Creative Activity Award for Summer 2017. The internal award is intended to encourage and support the research, creative, artistic, and scholarly endeavors of full-time tenured or tenure-track EMU faculty during the summer months (May-August) by providing stipends of $12,000 for outstanding proposals in lieu of summer teaching assignments.

Congrats to Professor Nancy Bryk for Women in Philanthropy grant

Professor Nancy Bryk was awarded a grant from EMU's Women in Philanthropy for the project "Creating a World-Class Exhibit." Professor Bryk will use the funds as part of her Winter 2017 GHPR 633 course Museum Experience Development. The course, which meets on Saturdays from 10 am to 12:40 pm, requires students to develop, research, and install a museum exhibit in McKenny Hall. Interested students are encouraged to contact Professor Bryk for more details and register for the course soon!

Geography & Geology Hosts Successful NAGT Workshop

The department welcomed outside facilitators from the National Association of Geosciences Teachers (NAGT) on December 2–3, 2016. Faculty and Lecturers within the department met in Strong Hall with Dr. Dave Mogk (Montana State University) and Dr. Jim Ebert (SUNY Oneonta) for a workshop called "Building Strong Geosciences Departments." The workshop brought together our diverse faculty to analyze departmental strengths and weaknesses and prioritized goals for the coming year. One outcome from our time together is beginning a regular brown bag session this Winter to share teaching and research idea, as well as to improve communication within the department. We will also use these sessions as time to bring in external speakers. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events!

Save the Date—G&G To Host East Lakes Regional AAG Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting of
The East Lakes Divisions
of American Association of Geographers
12-13 October, 2017

Hosted by EMU's Department of Geography and Geology

More information will be available over the next year as we plan to host geoscientists and geographers from around Michigan, Ohio, and surrounding region.

Questions? Email Department Head Richard Sambrook

New Geospatial Technology Major

The Department of Geography and Geology is pleased to announce our new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST). Graduates of this new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) B.S. major are in high demand in both the government and private sectors of the economy. GIST skills are both highly marketable and transferrable to major metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad, as well as in communities of all sizes. Please consider G&G's new STEM major that prepares you for careers in the dynamic Spatial Information Technology (SIT) sector by taking a look at the EMU's catalog under the Geography degree programs.