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Students, faculty, alumni to attend world’s largest geographic gathering

More than 20 students, faculty and alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology are scheduled to attend next week’s meeting of the Association of American Geographers, the world’s largest gathering of academic geographers.

During the meeting in Las Vegas, more than 7,500 geographers from dozens of countries will address issues from climate change to sustainability issues, and from geopolitical conflicts to transportation challenges, in a variety of formats including research papers and posters, panel discussions, workshops and plenary sessions.

Attending this year’s conference are the following:

Geoscience graduate student Crystal Bergman (Bowling Green), with co-author Dr. Stuart Foster (Kentucky Mesonet Director), presents “An Analysis of Drought Impacts in Kentucky.”

Undergraduate meteorology major TJ Malone (East Prairie, Mo.), with co-author Dr. Joshua Durkee, will present a poster titled “A Case Study Comparison of Convective vs. Non-convective Wind Induced Seiches on the Great Lakes.”

Undergraduate meteorology major Jane Marie Wix (Brandenburg), with co-authors W. Nicholas Rodgers (Bowling Green), Graduate geoscience student, and Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, Associate Director of the Kentucky Mesonet, presents “Relationships between Summer Rainfall Variability and Flash Floods in the Appalachian Region of Eastern Kentucky.”

State Climatologist Emeritus Glen Conner presents “The Army Surgeon General’s Climate Network: Nineteenth Century Observations.”

Dr. John All presents “International Law and Protection of Endangered Species in the Colorado River Delta, Mexico.”

Dr. Joshua Durkee will present a poster titled “Characteristic changes in South American mesoscale convective complexes in relation to the South Atlantic Convergence Zone.”

Dr. Gregory Goodrich, with meteorology and geography undergraduate co-authors Kyle Thompson (Henderson), Stanley Wingard (Hodgenville), and Kylie Batson (Lexington), presents “The 2007 Mid-South summer drought and heat wave in historical perspective.”

Dr. David Keeling, Geography and Geology department head, will contribute to a panel discussion organized by the AAG Department Chairs group titled “Empty Pockets, Full Plates.” He has also organized a special session titled “Geographies of Tomorrow – AGS International Research” and will present “Medellin and Comuna 13: Back from the Brink.”

Geography instructors Debra Kreitzer and William Blackburn will present a poster titled “The Impacts of Study Abroad on Personal and Professional Development.”

Dr. Kolson Schlosser organized a special session titled “Nationalism in the classroom: experiences, challenges and ways forward.”

Dr. Jun Yan presents “Excess Commuting in Small-Size U.S. Cities.”

Several departmental alumni also will attend the conference, including M.S. geoscience graduate Mark Graham, an assistant professor at Trinity College, Dublin.

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