Due to excellence in content and delivery of his presentation at the American Meteorological Society conference, the Board of Urban Environment has awarded Michael the Excellent Oral Presentation Student Award. His presentation, "A Climatology of Urban Surface Heat Islands Derived from Hemispherical Radiometric Surface Temperatures", can be found here. Congratulations Michael!
CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, a publication of the ACRL, publishes a list of their chosen Outstanding Academic Titles every January, from the previous year. Only ten percent of approximately 7,000 eligible reviewed titles are awarded and Geography's own Professor Philip Stooke's book The International Atlas of Mars Exploration volume 2 is one of the winners. Congratulations Professor Stooke! Read more.
Many thanks to Professor Isaac Luginaah for his term as acting chair and welcome to the new chair of the Georgaphy Department, Associate Professor Jamie Voogt. Read more about the Jamie in Social Science News Letter.
Geography student Robert Celik, together with Linta Mustafa and Anisha Khanna, both in Health Sciences, won this year's World's Challenge Challenge competition with their proposal Addressing teh sustainability of contemporary agricultural food systems. The winning team will compete in the first International World's Challenge Challenge in May 2017. Western News
Maclean's Magazine recently published an article featuring Dr. Chantelle Richmond. The article looks at how the new field of health geography explores the connection between wellness and environment, and leads to some sobering truths. Article
Dan Shrubsole, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Jason Gilliland, Director of the Urban Development Program, invite Geography and Urban Development Program alumni to join them for a cocktail reception at Char No.5 Whisky Bar at the Delta Toronto. Details
Last year Western Geography's UDP with the support of the Imran Jaffer Foundation, a summer internship with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) was initiated. Dianne Ramos, the inaugural recipient reported that she learned a lot of the basic knowledge of real estate having experience in many different departments throughout the summer. Details
This reflects the continued high level of research activity within the Department. Over the last 3 years, the Department’s funding has exceeded $1.7 million, and the total funds since 2007 is in excess of $12 million. More information on the Department’s research labs cab be found here.
Congratulations to Western Geography Professor Jinfei Wang and Dr. Xiaodong Huang who won the 2015 Best Paper Award on Theoretical Innovation in SPIE society for their paper “Simplified adaptive volume scattering model and scattering analysis of crops over agricultural fields using the RADARSAT-2 polarimetric synthetic aperture radar imagery”. SPIE Article. Details
Western Geography professor Katrina Moser partnered with UCLA professor Glen MacDonald and Illinois State University professor Amy Bloom, on a paper examining the effects of greenhouse gases on drought in California. The paper, published last week in Nature Scientific Reports, looks at how natural climatic forces contributed to centuries-long, and even millennia-long periods of aridity in California over the past 10,000 years. Details
Paul van der Werf recently travelled to Ottawa to participate in a press conference at the National Press Gallery on Parliament Hill. He was there to support NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s private member bill the “Fight Against Food Waste Act”. (see 6:30 of video for his remarks). Details.
Western Geography has recently installed a wireless weather station close to the Social Science parking booth. The output from the station is available in both real time and as archived records for teaching and research. The data will be used to support student course and lab work in physical geography courses. Details
Western Geography is one of three universities that will be participating in a 10 to 12-day Field course in the Pearl River Delta of China for Geography Major and Specialization students. The dates have yet to be finalized but the course could start as early as May 15 and be completed by June 15 2017. The overarching theme of the Field Course is proposed to be: Change, growth and sustainable development. Details.