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Meet new faculty member Qunying Huang

by Mary Ellen Gabriel, Letters & Science News Qunying Huang studies spatial high-performance cloud computing — sometimes referred to as “cyber GIS.” This mash-up of mapping and technology aids scientists in new discoveries, invites public access to, and advances public knowledge of, geodynamics, plays a role in emergency response planning, and much, much more. The assistant professor […]

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Science Hall

When alumni talk about their experiences as students in the Geography Department, they often speak of the fondness they have for Science Hall itself. Once home to all sciences on the UW-Madison campus, Science Hall is steeped in history, mystery and some great traditions that are literally tied to the walls of this grand building. This […]

UW-Madison geography students sweep NACIS digital mapping awards

UW-Madison Geography students and alumni represented big at this year’s North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) conference. Twenty UW-Madison students alone were on the ground in Greenville, S.C., presenting, organizing and talking maps, joining with many more graduates of our program. It became a bit of a running joke.

Jonathan Goodell awarded McNair Fellowship

Congratulations to junior Jonathan Goodell (Geography, Cartography/GIS ’15) for winning a 2013 McNair Fellowship. The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the UW-Madison awards 25 fellowships annually to high-achieving low-income, minority, or first generation college students to encourage enrollment in graduate studies. The program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through training seminars, involvement in faculty-mentored […]

UW-Madison & UW-Whitewater partner with state on economic impact map

Written by Sean Kirkby, UW Communications Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have played a crucial role in developing an online interactive map that shows the economic impact of investments in counties and legislative districts throughout the state. UW-Madison’s Cartography Lab; the State Cartographer’s Office, which operates at the university; and UW-Whitewater’s Pangea Studios collaborated […]

Documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern WI

Senior lecturer Bill Gartner had the privilege of working on the Menominee Reservation this summer as a Co‐PI, with David Overstreet (College of the Menominee Nation), on a project documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern Wisconsin. They have discovered, mapped, and excavated several large raised field and storage pit complexes […]

Jim Knox honored with named fund

During his 43 years as a faculty member at UW-Madison, Jim Knox’s research transformed the field of fluvial geomorphology, opening new avenues that linked his field to broader contemporary environmental issues. To tens of thousands of students, he was a much-loved teacher, explaining not only how streams and soils work, but why we should care […]

125th Anniversary of Science Hall

When alumni talk about their experiences as a student in the geography department, they often speak of the fondness they have for Science Hall itself. Once home to all sciences on the UW-Madison campus, Science Hall is steeped in history, mystery and some great traditions that are literally tied to the walls of this grand building.

Researchers find dams change downstream vegetation, create predictive model for red cedar invasion

Prior to the 1950s, the mighty Missouri River would annually flood. The slow march of waters across the valley distributed fertile sediment for agriculture, but also fueled a mutualistic relationship with the river valley’s vast stands of cottonwood trees. These trees support wildlife, provide the river with important nutrients to fuel aquatic life, and support […]

Alumni Spotlight: Allison Hegan, B.A. ’10

Alumna Allison Hegan (nee Kleine) finds fulfillment using the written word to bring attention to the earth’s most urgent environmental and conservation issues. Allison graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Geography (People-Environment) as well as Environmental Studies and African Studies certificates. Originally from the Los Angeles area, her love of travel and ecosystem exploration has […]

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