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  • G&G Department Mourns Loss of Emeritus Faculty Member James McDonald

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    James R McDonald, Professor in the Geography Department of Eastern Michigan University from 1965 to 2000, passed away on April 20, 2020.

    Jim was born in San Francisco on the 28th of January 1934 and graduated from Katonah High School, New York in 1951. Jim graduated from Antioch College in 1955 with a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and received a Master's Degree in Geography from the University of Illinois the following year. He then enlisted in the Army for three years and was assigned to the Counter-Intelligence Corps where he learned French in the Army Language School in Monterey before being assigned to La Rochelle, France, where he spent almost two years. Upon his return to civilian life, he returned to Illinois and completed his doctoral research on the French region of Brittany in 1964. Prior to accepting the position at EMU, Jim was an Assistant Professor at UCLA for two years.

    Jim was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral, an NSF Fellowship and other awards and grants including National Geographic Society Research Grants; Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grants; and Social Science Research Council Grants. Jim was a proud member of the AAG for over 50 years.

    Jim specialized in the cultural, political, and economic geography of Western Europe, especially France; the geography of rural-to-urban and labor migrations; geographical aspects of environmental assessment and preservation; geography of travel and tourism; and the history of geographic ideas.  Jim authored two books, numerous professional papers and book reviews.

  • 2019-2020 Virtual Honors Ceremony

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    The Department of Geography & Geology wishes to recognize the academic achievements of our Summer & Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 graduates! For slides of the "virtual honors ceremony," please visit our image gallery.

  • 2019 Mark Jefferson Symposium announced

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    The Departments of Geography & Geology and History & Philosophy are happy to announce the Mark Jefferson Symposium: October 17–18, 2019. For more information, see the Symposium website.

  • New fully online geography minor

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    To more flexibly fit students' busy schedules, the Department of Geography & Geology is now offering a 20-credit hour Geography minor that can be taken entirely online. Download the flyer [PDF]

  • Prof. Steve LoDuca travels to Estonia, collaborates with University of Tartu

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    Dr. Steve LoDuca was invited to the Department of Geology, University of Tartu, Estonia, during the 2019 EMU Winter Break. The purpose of the trip, which was completely funded by the University of Tartu, was to give a seminar, to serve as the “opponent” for the Ph.D. defense of Viirika Mastik (now Dr. Mastik) under the supervision of Dr. Oive Tinn, and to collaborate with Dr. Tinn on study of spectacular examples of fossil algae from a quarry in central Estonia.

    View the photolog of his trip [PDF].

  • Geography and Geology Faculty, Students Awarded EMU URSP Fellowships for Winter 2019

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    A faculty-student team in the Geography and Geology Department was awarded Undergrad Research Stimulus Program fellowships for Summer 2019. The URSP program is intended to facilitate research partnerships between undergraduate students and Eastern Michigan University faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a $2,000 fellowship in support of their research efforts. Congratulations to Kelly Brown and Dr. Chris Gellasch.
  • EMU Alumna to give special lecture, Feb. 19, 2019

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    On Tuesday, February 19, the Department of Geography and Geology and GeoClub at EMU will be hosting a presentation by Brittany Cymes, a doctoral candidate at Miami University and a 2014 graduate of EMU. She will be presenting on work from her doctoral research, entitled Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Rare-Earth Manganese Oxide Minerals for Catalytic Degradation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

    Her talk will be given at 3:30 pm in Room 111 Strong Hall.

    View the presentation flyer [PDF].

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