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Students, faculty, alumni attend annual geography conference

Students, faculty and alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology attended the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, the world’s largest gathering of academic geographers.

The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers features presentations on the latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability and GIScience by more than 7,500 geographers from dozens of countries.

Attending the April 12-16 conference in Seattle were the following:

  • Undergraduate meteorology major Lee Campbell from Paducah, with faculty co-authors, presented a poster titled Synoptic Analysis of Historic May 2010 Flood. Campbell also served as a student judge for the annual World Bowl competition.
  • Graduate geoscience student Mitchell Gaines of Bowling Green, with co-authors Dr. Rezaul Mahmood and research assistant Ronnie Leeper, presented a poster titled An Analysis of WRF Physics Parameters for the January 29 and 30th 2008 Ohio Valley Squall line Event. Gaines also served as a student judge for the annual World Bowl competition.
  • Graduate geoscience student Josh Gilliland of Fowler, Ohio, with co-author Dr. Joshua Durkee, presented a paper titled A climatology of high-wind events associated with post-tropical cyclones.
  • Geoscience graduate student Melissa Cary of Bowling Green represented WKU on the World Bowl team representing the South Eastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG).
  • Dr. John All presented Assessing Relative Accuracies of ASTER and SRTM DEM Datasets in the Himalayan Mountains with student co-authors Luke Miles (geography major from Columbia, Tenn.), Kamal Humagain (geoscience graduate student from Nepal) and William “Nate” Oris (geoscience graduate student from Oxford, Ohio).
  • Dr. Joshua Durkee presented a poster titled A climatology of high-wind observations in the eastern United States during 1951-2009.
  • Dr. Katie Algeo presented Who Bought the Park? The Geography of Fund-Raising for Mammoth Cave National Park.
  • Dr. Peggy Gripshover presented Weathering Spring Training in 1914: The Chicago Federals in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Gripshover also participated in the annual World Bowl competition and represented the journal FOCUS on Geography at the American Geographical Society exhibition booth, for which she serves as co-editor.
  • Dr. Tom Bell participated in the annual World Bowl competition and represented the journal FOCUS on Geography at the American Geographical Society exhibition booth, for which he serves as co-editor.
  • Dr. Anthony Harkins, Department of History, presented Constructing Flyover Country: Commercial Aviation and the Reimagining of American Cultural Geography in an organized session on material forms of geographical knowledge.
  • Geography instructor Debra Kreitzer presented a poster titled Spatial and Temporal Variations in Breeder and Ownership Characteristics for Kentucky Derby Winners, 1875-2010.
  • Dr. Jun Yan, with co-author geoscience graduate alumna Allison Ross of Nashville, Tenn., presented Modeling Stormwater Pollutant Transport in a Karst Region – Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Dr. David Keeling, Geography and Geology department head, presented a paper on The Lincolnshire By-Pass Line – Challenges for Rail Infrastructure.  He also attended a meeting of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Transport Geography and represented the American Geographical Society at its exhibition booth.

Several departmental alumni also attended the conference, including master’s degree in geoscience graduates Dr. Mark Graham, a lecturer at the University of Oxford, England, and Rhonda Pfaff Glennon, a GIS specialist with ESRI in California.

Contact: David Keeling, (270) 745-4555.

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