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Undergrads benefit from Kohn Geography Fund

This year, three undergraduate students were beneficiaries of the newly-established Jerome Kohn Geography Fund. This year’s recipients, Megan Healy, Breana Nehls, and Martin Brubaker, were presented the award at the Undergraduate Graduation and Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2015. Jerry Kohn received his BA in 1974 from the Department of Geography and his Master’s in 1977 from the Department of Urban […]

2015 Department Undergraduate Awards

The Geography Department is pleased to announce its 2015 undergraduate awards. Olmstead Awards The Olmstead family set up a fund in 1995 to honor our department which has been ranked among the highest quality geography departments in the United States, consistently since the late Clarence W. Olmstead became a member of its faculty in 1946. He […]

Friedrich awarded Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant

Hannah Friedrich (BA ’16) was awarded a 2015 Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant for her work in Mali’s Inland Niger Delta. The bourgou pasture plains of the Inland Niger Delta declined significantly in extent from 1968 to 2000 due to poor floods and heavy human pressure. Freidrich’s research will focus on the dynamic relationship of bourgou with human land uses […]

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

by Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the […]

As the river rises: Cahokia’s emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding

by Kelly Tyrell, UW Communications As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has something to do with it. At Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, new evidence suggests that major flood events in the Mississippi River valley are tied to […]

Chakraborty wins WARF Discovery Challenge award

On April 9th, Ph.D. student, Ritodhi Chakraborty, won Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Discovery Challenge Symposium Award. His project, “Climate and Agricultural Change at the Third Pole: The Impact of Change in Precipitation on Small Farmer Agriculture in the Himalayas,” was one of two winners selected from 87 research projects that were submitted. Ritodhi collaborated with Dr. Anne Daloz, a scientist from the […]

2015 Cartographic Design Challenge

Geography students participate in day of intense professional development Eighteen geography students spent their Valentine’s Day wading through a complicated, real-world dataset, to create data visualizations that will help researchers better understand the hazardous waste trade in North America. Dr. Sarah Moore obtained EPA records of transnational trade of hazardous waste through a pair of […]

Undergrads benefit from AAG attendance thanks to alumni donors

This year the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual conference in Chicago, IL promises to be a highly attended event by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students due to its close proximity to Madison. Thanks to donations by generous alumni and friends, undergraduate students will be amongst those attending the meeting. Recognizing the benefits these professional conferences provide […]

Spring 2015 Student Awards

Every year our students receive many college and university recognitions for their outstanding teaching, research, and academic achievements. Here are some of this spring’s awards to date! WARF Discovery Challenge Award On April 9th, Ph.D. student, Ritodhi Chakraborty, won the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Discovery Challenge Symposium Award. His project, “Climate and Agricultural Change at the Third Pole: The Impact of Change in Precipitation […]

We’re Hiring: Program Director, Professional Masters’ in GIS

The Professional Masters’ in GIS in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a full time Program Director. The position is a 12-month appointment starting July 1, 2015. Candidates must have a Master degree in GIScience or related fields, with preference for those holding a Ph.D. Applicants should be trained […]

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