In the News
The 2012 Geography and the Environment Newsletter - The DU Geographer -is now puplished. Please click the link in the name it view it. Thanks to everyone who made this year great.
Ph.D. Student Gary Lavanchy wins Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship & GSAG Research Award
Ph.D. Student Gary LaVanchy was recently awarded a Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Support for dissertation research from the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Denver. Merit-based on academic potential, highest caliber research and writing, and comprehensive exams passed with honors, and the GSAG Research Award, 1st place award from the Graduate Student Affinity Group (GSAG) of the Association of American Geographers for "Water Resources and Tourism Development along the Western Coast of Nicaragua: A Political Ecology Perspective." Congratulations Gary.
- Geography Student Lanna Giauque is awarded thrid place for Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the 2013 CSU Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. Congradulations Lanna!
DU North Atlantic Field Course 2012
Dr. Russell Fielding has taken a group of students on a North Atlantic field course titled "In the Wake of Vikings." The group will visit Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. To learn more about their trip and see some of their fabulous photos, visit their travel blog.
MA student Nikolai Alvarado wins field study award
MA student Nikolai Alvarado was recently awarded a William Denevan MA Field Study Award from the Conference for Latin Americanist Geographers which is an AAG specialty group. Out of a large applicant pool, Nikolai was only one of three MA students to receive this award. This award will support Nikolai's research in Nicaragua into the political ecology of fisheries along the Pacific coast. Congratulations Nikolai.
Ph.D. Student Gary Lavanchy wins EPA STAR fellowship
Ph.D. Student Gary LaVanchy was recently awarded an EPA STAR fellowship. This is a three year award with a value of $126,000 to support his research in Nicaragua into water conflicts and aquifer modeling along the Pacific coast. This is a highly competitive award. This year, 80 students across the USA received the fellowship. This represents 5% of the application pool. Gary joins Geography Ph.D. Student, Joe Hoover, who received the fellowship last year, Congratulations Gary.
Gary Lavanchy, Ph.D. student, received two awards to support field work in Latin America this summer. He is the recipient of the Latin America Specialty Group and the Gary Gaile Travel Award from the Development Geographies Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers for his proposal entitled "The Political Ecology of Water in Tourism Development in Nicaragua."
Congratulations Gary and make the most of your time in the field.
JD Davis, Ph.D. student, is the receipt of a LASPAU grant (Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas: http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/) to fund a short-term graduate student exchange in Guatemala. This grant resulted from our (DU and Columbia University) accepting and hosting a graduate student from Guatemala in the fall of last year. The money will permit JD to travel to Guatemala this spring to deepen academic contacts there and rekindle contacts he made during his MA field research.
Congratulations JD and make the best of your time in the field.
Dr. Michael Keables was awarded a 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design
Dr. Keables will receive this award on July 14 at the Blackboard World 2011 Annual User's Conference. "The efforts made by Michael really do make a difference in enhancing the learning experience at your institution and for many other institutions across the globe", quoted from Ray Henderson, President of Blackboard Lean, Blackboard Inc.
- After a trip to Guatemala with Matthew Taylor and three engineering students; progress has been made on an improved wood burning stove. For a video snippet of what these engineering students have been up to on their senior design project click this link.
- Espen Haugen (BA international studies and geography '08) now runs a non-governmental organization in rural Nicaragua. The DU Magazine wrote a story about Espen's experiences in Nicaragua. Read more on DU Today. At the World Geospatial Forum (Hyderabad, India), January 18-21, the poster entitled "Using the Nighttime Satellite Imagery to Create a Global Grid of Distributed Fossil Fuel CO 2 Emissions" by: Tilottama Ghosh, Chris Elvidge, Paul Sutton, Kim Baugh, Daniel Ziskin, and Ben Tuttle, won the best poster award.
- PhD degree makes student Doctor Copter Brett Machovina earned his doctorate in geography while actively serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. Read more on DU Today.
Faculty and students work to improve Kenyan slum
Faculty from the Department of Geography are joining with several other DU departments on the interdisciplinary Kibera Project, which is working to bring clean water to one of the world's largest slums. Read more on DU Today.
We remember Dr. Laurence Herold
Dr. Herold joined the department's faculty in 1956, chaired the department for seven years in the 1980s and retired in 1996. Dr. Herold died March 30, 2010 after a long illness. He was 78. Read more on DU Today.
Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award
Andrea Gelfuso, Adjunct Professor for the Geography Department has been named the recipient for the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award, given every year to an adjunct professor for teaching excellence. She will receive this award on October 26 at the 2010 Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.
NSF and PINS research in Guatemala
Dr. Matthew Taylor travels to Guatemala during the 2010 winter break to continue NSF-funded research on climate change and droughts. A DU doctoral student and a team of DU undergraduate engineers will accompany Dr. Taylor. As part of their final, year-long design project, the engineers are designing an improved wood burning stove for use in Central America. However, to design a stove that is culturally acceptable, they must understand the culture and needs of users. Thus, with funding from the DU Undergraduate Research Center (known as PINS), students will travel to Guatemala with Dr. Taylor to meet with stove users in rural areas.
Graduate Colloquium Series - Spring 2013- Boettcher Auditorium 101 - Thursdays - 4 to 6 p.m.