Fall 2004 and Spring 2005

Fall 2004

September 3, 2004
Eric Barron, Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University, Professor of Geosciences, Department of Geosciences
"The (mis)use of accomplishment metrics: where are governments and universities taking us?"

September 10, 2004
Joel Burcat, Esq., Environmental lawyer and partner, Saul Ewing LLC, Harrisburg; Pennsylvania State University alumnus (B.S. Geography)
"How Geography helped to win a regulatory takings case in court"

September 17, 2004
Kelleann Foster, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State
"Smart Growth: Multimedia and PennScapes"

September 24, 2004
Karen Schuckman, Director of Geospatial Applications, EarthData International; President-elect, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Pennsylvania State University alumna (B.A. Liberal Arts, B.S. Meteorology)
"Cutting edge meets the real world: applying commercial remote sensing"

October 1, 2004
David Travis, Associate Professor of Geography & Department Head, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Department of Geography & Geology
"Role of Jet Aircraft Contrails in U.S. Climate"

October 8, 2004
Stephen Guptill, Scientific Advisor for Geography and Spatial Data Systems, National Mapping Division U.S. Geological Survey
"Understanding the Geography of West Nile Virus"

No Coffee Hour on October 15, 2004 (Fall Break)

October 22, 2004
Dr. Scott Kretchmar, Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Kinesiology Department, Penn State and
Dr. John Nichols, Associate Dean, Professor of Communications, Penn State
"Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Integrity"

October 29, 2004
John A. Dutton, Dean Emeritus, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State
"Where should the big trucks go?—A Centre County Carto-controversy"

November 5, 2004
Denice Wardrop, Professor of Geography and Ecology, Department of Geography, Penn State; Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of the Environment; Asociate Director, Cooperative Wetlands Center
"Uncovering Wetlands: linking human activities with ecological conditions"

November 12, 2004
Ron Johnston, Professor of Geography, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
"Maps, votes, and election outcomes: the geographical basis of electoral bias"

November 19, 2004
Mark Carper, Geography Instructor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Northampton Community College
"A dirty little niche: indigent waste scavengers and recycling in Sofia, Bulgaria"

No Coffee Hour on November 26, 2004 (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 3, 2004
Chris Uhl, Professor of Biology and Ecology, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University
"Developing ecological consciousness: path to a sustainable world"

December 10, 2004
Surprise Speaker!
Surprise Identity!
"Geography abridged: all you need to know was on the comic pages"

Spring 2005

January 14, 2005
Roger Downs, Department Head, Professor of Geography, Department of Geography
"No Child Left Behind...and Geography"

January 21, 2005
Ikubolajeh Logan, Professor of Geography, Professor of African and Africa-American Studies, Department of African and African-American Studies, Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa (AESEDA)
"Georgia on My Mind: Food Aid and Security in the Republic of Georgia"

January 28, 2005
Kelleann Foster, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State
"SMART GROWTH: Multimedia and PennSCAPES"

February 4, 2005
Courtney Flint, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), Center for Integrated Regional Assessment (CIRA)
"Vulnerability, Risk Perception, and Community Action: Local Response to Forest Disturbance on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula"

February 11, 2005
Derrick Lampkin, Penn State Department of Geography
"Satellite Monitoring of Snow Pack Evolution: Implications for Regional Climate"

February 18, 2005
Tania Slawecki, Assistant Professor Science, Technology and Society, Penn State program in the College of Engineering and Research Associate, Materials Research Institute
"Materials Research & Healing: Unconventional Medicine"

February 25, 2005
Cynthia Brewer, Associate Professor of Geography, Penn State Department of Geography
"From the Inside Out: The View from Old Main"

March 4, 2005
Robin Leichenko, Associate Professor, Rutgers University Department of Geography
"Double Exposure: Global Environmental Change in an Era of Globalization" (Part of a Mini-Symposium on Globalization)

No Coffee Hour on March 11, 2005 (Spring Break)

March 18, 2005
Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Relgious Studies, Penn State Department of History and Religious Studies
"Is God Going South? The Emergence of Global Christianity" (Part of a Mini-Symposium on Globalization)

March 25, 2005
Fariborz Ghadar, Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning Director, Center for Global Business Studies, Penn State Department of Finance
"Global Tectonics: What Every Business Needs to Know" (Part of a Mini-Symposium on Globalization)

April 1, 2005
Kathleen Pavelko, President and CEO, WITF Harrisburg, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
"The Myth of Liberal Bias in the Media"

No Coffee Hour on April 8, 2005 (AAG annual meeting in Denver)

April 15, 2005
Scott Isard, Professor of Aerobiology, Penn State Department of Plant Pathology
"A New Rust Belt: The Attack on North American Soybeans"

April 22, 2005
Mrinalini Sinha, Associate Professor of British Imperial and Modern Asian History and Women's Studies, Penn State Department of History and Religious Studies
"Hindus, Aryans, and Caucasians: How Indians Became Non-White"

April 29, 2005
Kevin Ward, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Manchester Department of Geography, UK
"Policies in Motion, Urban Management and State Restructuring: A short history of a trans-local 'model'"

For more information, please contact faculty organizer Greg Knight.