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WE HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE:

Ball State Department of Geography

Dr. David Call's Interviews:

We now know the groundhog's take on the end of winter; for an expert assessment on the upcoming spring, listen by clicking on the link below to Dr. Call on Indiana Public Radio's Indiana Weekend.

Indiana Weekend from IPR "Storm Prof"

Two "once in a generation" cold snaps in one month? Dr. Call talks about the frigid temperatures with Tony Ganzer of WCPN in Cleveland. Click on the link below to listen!

Another "Once In A Generation" Cold Snap?

Dr. Call was interviewed by WNDU in South Bend about the cold temperatures in northern Indiana. Take a moment by clicking on the link below to listen to how this winter compares to past winters.

January 2014 One of the Coldest on Record


GIS KNOWLEDGE GROUP

The Geography department has sponsored the creation of the GIS Knowledge Group at Ball State. The GISKG is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students whose activities involve geographic information systems or GIS. Current members span the sciences and humanities and anyone with interest in GIS is welcome. For more information please contact Steven Radil or follow our blog at GIS Knowledge Group.  

GIS IMMERSIVE LEARNING PROJECT PAYING LOCAL DIVIDENDS:  

Ball State Geography graduate student Zaine Venter has introduced a series of free mapping workshops for neighborhood associations and other local organizations. The first workshop was held October 5th at the Muncie Public Library and introduced participants to the basics of Google Earth, a free mapping program. Upcoming workshops will focus on finding and using existing map information, like census-based demographic data (Oct. 12), and how to share interactive maps online (Oct. 19). The workshops are part of a larger Immersive Learning project called "A people's atlas of Muncie" that explores the role of geographic technology for local political decision making. For more information contact Zaine Venter or Steven Radil or follow the project at Peoples Atlas of Muncie.

Zaine Venter talking during one of the free mapping workshops 

SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS:

Please congratulate these students for receiving the following awards and scholarships:

Hurbut Leak Scholarship:
Nick Hesterman, Tori McKinney and Julia Sherck

James C. Fidler Award for Excellence in Meteorology and Climatology:
Aj Wardle

David L. Odom Award for Outstanding Service in Meteorology and Climatology:
Michael Behrens

Congratulations... and job well done!

 

 

GEOGRAPHERS WIN SCHOLARSHIPS:

Kacie Shourd and Aj Wardle, two of our undergraduates in Option 4 (Meteorology and Climatology, Professional Track) have been awarded prestigious Hollings Scholarships by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Awardees of these scholarships receive academic assistance for two years, plus a paid ten week intership at a NOAA facility during the summer between their first and second years.

To have not one, but TWO of our students win these scholarships is a statement about the geography program in general, specifically the meteorology/climatology program.

Once again, congratulations to Kacie and Aj!

 

DEAN'S LIST FALL 2012:

Here is the Dean's List for Fall 2012 (click on link below)

Dean's List Fall 2012

 

BSU GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE STUDENT WINS AWARD AT REGIONAL AAG CONFERENCE:

Lesley Fortriede's presentation on the migration patterns of Indiana college students was recognized at the recent West Lakes-East Lakes Joint Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) at Northern Illinois University.  The presentation, titled "The Attitudes and Migration Patterns of College Graduates from Indiana," won second place in the Graduate (MA and PhD) Poster competition.  Congratulations, Lesley!

View the poster here:  The Attitudes and Migration Patterns of College Graduates from Indiana