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Geography faculty, students attend regional conference

Five WKU geography faculty members, six graduate and three undergraduate students attended the 65th annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in Birmingham, Ala., the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Dr. Katie Algeo presented Same Place, Separate Spaces: The Bransford Hotel at Mammoth Cave in a session on race, ethnicity, and place in the American South, based on her fieldwork at Mammoth Cave National Park. She also served on an advisory committee for the organization.

Dr. Peggy Gripshover participated in a panel discussion addressing the theme of A Survival Kit for TAs: How to be in a Class by Yourself, sponsored by the SEDAAG Education Committee.

Dr. Josh Durkee presented A Convective Climatology for the Green River Watershed in Kentucky with colleagues from two other universities.

Dr. Tom Bell presented Contemporary Themes in the Geography of Music and Sound with a colleague from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood co-authored three presentations with students and other faculty.

Undergraduate meteorology majors Lee Campbell of Paducah and Kyle Berry of Mount Washington, along with other student and faculty co-authors, presented a poster titled A Synoptic Analysis of the Historic 2010 Mid-South Flood.

Undergraduate meteorology major Ryan Torres of Elizabethtown presented a poster titled Urbanization and its impacts on Precipitation around Three Urban Centers in the Kentucky-Ohio River Valley, with co-authors Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Durkee.

William Rodgers, a geoscience graduate student from Bowling Green, presented a poster on Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Eastern Kentucky Flash Floods, co-authored with Dr. Mahmood.

Geoscience graduate student Mitchell Gaines of Versailles presented a poster titled Impacts of a Selection of Various WRF Parameterization Schemes for a 2008 Ohio Valley Squall Line Event.

Joshua Gilliland, a geoscience graduate student from Hartford, Ohio, presented a poster on The Contribution of Thunderstorm and Non-Convective High Winds from Post-Tropical Storm Systems.

Geoscience graduate student Melissa Cary of Bowling Green presented a poster titled Making Music Sustainable: The Case of Marketing Summer Jamband Festivals 2010. Cary also was the highest scoring female player in the SEDAAG World Geography Bowl competition and has been selected to represent SEDAAG in Seattle in April 2011 in the Association of American Geographers (AAG) World Geography Bowl. Cary may be the first student from Kentucky to be selected to represent the Southeast Division in the World Geography Bowl at the annual AAG conference, according to Dr. Peggy Gripshover, her thesis advisor.

Geoscience graduate student Kortney Craft of Bowling Green presented a poster on the Economic Impacts of Drought on Kentucky’s Agriculture.

Geoscience graduate student Ann Epperson of Springfield, Tenn., presented Internet GIS as a Historic Place-Making Tool for Mammoth Cave National Park.

“Student engagement opportunities continue to grow as a result of the department’s initiatives with the new B.S. Meteorology program, the Kentucky Mesonet and graduate-level 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 the geosciences currently enrolling students from across the region and around the world, 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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