Fall 2008 and Spring 2009

The list below contains the presentations of the Coffee Hour series for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. Talk titles with links can be watched online as part of the Coffee Hour to Go webcasting initiative.

Fall 2008

August 29, 2008
Richard Alley, Department of Geosciences, Penn State
"The Senate, the IPCC, and the Streets of London: Some Adventures in Climate Change"

September 5, 2008
Stefan Little, Paleobotany Lab, Department of Geosciences, Penn State
"Paleobotany: Reconstructing Ancient Biogeography, Climate and Change"

September 12, 2008
Adam Rome, Department of History, Penn State
"Earth Day 1970 and the Making of the First Green Generation"

September 19, 2008
Dydia DeLyser, Department of Geography, Louisiana State University
"Feminisms and Mobilities: Crusading for Aviation in the 1920s"

September 26, 2008
Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
"The value of life: Priceless; The value of life extension: Not; An application to China"

October 3, 2008
David Mark, Department of Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo
"Cultural and Linguistic Variation in the Conceptualization of Landscape: Navajo, Yindjibarndi and English"

October 10, 2008
David Gilbertson, University of Plymouth and University of Wales, United Kingdom
"From Pristine to Poisonous at Phaino: The Early Interaction of World Systems and Earth Systems"

October 17, 2008
Tim Dolney, Assistant professor of Geography, Penn State Altoona
"GIS for environmental impact assessment: a case study of urban sprawl and abandoned coal mines"

October 24, 2008
Stephanie Hulina, President, GDA Corp., State College
"Operational Remote Sensing product delivery: Can it be done?"

October 31, 2008
Wilbur Zelinsky and Peirce Lewis, faculty emeriti, Department of Geography, Penn State
40th anniversary celebration of Coffee Hour
"The Importance of Coffee Hour"

November 7, 2008
Cindi Katz, Environmental Psychology and Women's Studies, Graduate Center of the University of New York
"Childhood as Spectacle"

November 14, 2008
David Pollard, Earth and Environmental Systems Instititue, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State
"Modeling Past Growth and the Collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet"

November 21, 2008
Marcy Allen, head, Maps Library, University Libraries, Penn State
"Map Libraries: How do we get There from Here?"

December 5, 2008
Jenni Evans, Department of Meteorology, Penn State
"Tropical cyclone sensitivity to climate change"

December 12, 2008
Tom Tuffey, Director, Penn Future
"Pennsylvania's Clean Energy Future"

Spring 2009

January 16, 2009
Tom Richard, Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
“After Abundance: Multi-functional Agriculture for a Carbon Constrained World”

January 23, 2009
Kamini Singha, assistant professor, Department of Geosciences, Penn State
“Lies my hydrogeology teachers told me: Quantifying anomalous solute transport behavior in heterogeneous environments”

January 30, 2009
Ben Marsh, professor, Environmental Geography/Mapping, Bucknell University
“Revealing cryptic municipal discrimination: Applications in research and law"

February 6, 2009
Andrew Carleton, professor, Department of Geography, Penn State
“Refurb climatology: Polar lows, reanalyses, et la teleconnexion française”

February 13, 2009
Ken Tamminga, professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State
“Off-road and engaged: Collaborative research for resilient Himalayan communities”

February 20, 2009
Diane Austin, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Community-Based Participatory Research: Linking Study to Action”

February 27, 2009
David Schlosberg, professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University
“Environmental Justice, Capabilities and Community Functioning”

March 6, 2009
Anthony Robinson, research associate, GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography, Penn State
“Research and Reflection on Synthesizing Geographic Information”

No Coffee Hour on March 13 (spring break)

March 20, 2009
Ruth DeFries, Denning Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
”Changing Dynamics of Tropical Deforestation and Implications for Atmospheric Carbon”

No Coffee Hour on March 27 (AAG meeting in Las Vegas)

No Coffee Hour on April 3 (Pennsylvania Geographic Bee)

April 10, 2009
Erica Smithwick, assistant professor, Department of Geography, Penn State
“Influence of Disturbance and pattern on landscape C storage: Consequences for ecosystem models”

April 17, 2009
Chris Uhl, professor, Department of Biology, Penn State
“Teaching as if Life Matters!”

April 24, 2009
E. Willard Miller Lecture
Paul Longley, professor of Geographic Information Science, Department of Geography, University College London
“Some developments in the specification, estimation and testing of geodemographic models”

May 1
Lorraine Dowler
, associate professor, Departments of Geography, Women’s Studies, Penn State
“Frontlines: Gendered Traditions of War”

For more information, please contact Coffee Hour chairs Andrew Carleton or Petra Tschakert.