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WKU students, faculty, alumni attending annual geography meeting

Students, faculty and alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology will attend this week’s meeting 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 5,000 geographers from dozens of countries, with more than 7,000 total attendees anticipated.

Attending the April 14-18 conference are the following:

Undergraduate meteorology major TJ Malone of East Prairie, Mo., with co-author Dr. Joshua Durkee, will present a poster titled Convective vs. Non-Convective Wind Events: A WRF-Based Comparison.

Undergraduate meteorology major Astrid Suárez Gonzalez of Bowling Green, with co-authors Dr. Rezaul Mahmood and Dr. Arturo Quintanar (post-doctoral research), will present a poster titled Sensitivity of Planetary Boundary Layer to Varying Volumetric Soil Moisture.

Graduate geoscience student William Nicholas Rodgers of Bowling Green, with co-authors Dr. Rezaul Mahmood and research assistant Ronnie Leeper, will present a poster titled Impacts of Land-use and Land Cover Change on Eastern Kentucky Flash Floods.

State Climatologist Emeritus Glen Conner will present Birth-States of Slaves in a Border County of a Border Slave State.

Dr. Joshua Durkee will present a poster titled A Dynamical analysis of ageostrophic wind contributions in non-convective high wind events.

Dr. Katie Algeo will present Dark Visions: Cave Promotion and Visual Media.

Dr. Peggy Gripshover, with co-author adjunct Professor of Geography Dr. Tom Bell, will present Environmental Perception, Miasma! How a Public Health Crisis and Real Estate Speculation Led to the Annexation of Lake View by the City of Chicago.

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, with co-authors Dr. Arturo Quintanar and Ronnie Leeper, will present Sensitivity of planetary boundary layer atmosphere to changes of land use/land cover, vegetation fraction, and soil moisture in Western Kentucky, USA.

Dr. Jason Polk will present A Calibration of Changing Precipitation and Cave Dripwater Stable Isotopes in West-central Florida.

Geography instructor Debra Kreitzer and Dr. Stuart Foster, director of the Kentucky Mesonet, present a poster titled Comparing Commutersheds and Growth Poles: A GIS Analysis of Regional Economic Development.

Dr. David Keeling, Geography and Geology department head, has organized and will lead a panel discussion titled Teaching and Doing Urban Geography — in memory of Larry Ford.

Several departmental alumni also will attend the conference, including master’s degree in geoscience graduates Victoria Alapo and Dr. Mark Graham, a lecturer at the University of Oxford, England.

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

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