Beth Schlemper (Ph.D. ’03), assistant professor at University of Toledo, received a three-year National Science Foundation, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant for a project entitled “Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12: Citizen Mapping, Community Engagement, and Career Preparation in STEM”. She is currently preparing for a first set of workshops this summer. While the program integrates geospatial thinking and technology to address both social and physical science themes, one of the primary goals is to increase interest of underrepresented students in STEM-related careers by using technology in innovative ways.
On a personal note, Beth also reports that she is now a grandmother!
Dan Cameron (B.A. ’09) was promoted to full time GIS Analyst position in October at Stantec in Chicago. He is part of a water group that works mainly on FEMA Floodplain mapping for the National Flood Insurance Program.
On March 2, 214, Travis Tennessen (B.S. ’04, M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’12) presented at Penn State University’s TEDx seminar, with a talk entitled, “Creating Universities of Life.” Travis serves as the Executive Director for Sarvodaya USA, a non-profit organization that promotes education and community-development based on Gandhian values and methods.
You can view his TEDx talk here
Christine Drennon (MA ’89) received the 2014 Urban Affairs Association Activist Scholar Award for her ongoing work in the neighborhoods on the eastside of San Antonio. She chairs of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity University, in San Antonio, TX.