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3 WKU geography faculty members, 5 students attend regional conference

Three geography faculty members, one graduate and four undergraduate students from WKU attended the 64th annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in Knoxville, Tenn., the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Dr. Katie Algeo presented “Southern Saltpeter: A Social Geography” in a session on cultural and historical geographies, based on her fieldwork at Mammoth Cave National Park. She also served on an advisory committee for the organization.

Dr. Peggy Gripshover presented “When the AAG came to town – Knoxville: Winter of 1945” in a session addressing cultural and historical geography issues.

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood co-authored three presentations with students, other faculty, and a post-doctoral researcher. Astrid Gonzalez, an undergraduate meteorology major from Bowling Green, presented “Sensitivity of MMS and RAMS Meso-scale Models to Soil Moisture Variations,” co-authored with Dr. Mahmood and others.

Jane Marie Wix, an undergraduate meteorology major from Brandenburg, presented “Comparison of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia Summer Flash Flood Rainfall Events,” co-authored with geoscience graduate student Nicholas Rodgers from Bowling Green, and Dr. Mahmood.

J. Kyle Thompson, a geoscience graduate student from Henderson, presented “Site Identification and Selection for the Kentucky Mesonet,” co-authored with Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Stuart Foster.

Undergraduate geography major Ryan Torres from Elizabethtown presented “Urbanization and its impacts of Precipitation around Three Urban Centers in the Kentucky-Ohio River Valley.”

T.J. Malone, an undergraduate meteorology major from East Prairie, Mo., presented “A comparative analysis between Convective and Non-Convective High-Wind Events,” co-authored with Dr. Joshua Durkee.

“Student engagement opportunities continue to expand as a result of the department’s initiatives with the Kentucky Mesonet and climate research generally,” said Geography and Geology Department Head David Keeling. “These students are great examples of how classroom theories can be applied in a practical way to address policy challenges across the region. With exciting programs in meteorology and geography currently enrolling students from across the region, there are many wonderful opportunities to engage with cutting-edge and innovative research at WKU.”

Contact: Rezaul Mahmood, (270) 745-5979.


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