Conference recap: no)Boundaries

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:21am

The annual Department of Geography graduate student interdisciplinary conference, no)Boundaries was held on March 31, 2012, breaking new ground this year with a series of panels. The panels throughout the day provided both students and faculty a chance to convivially discuss such topics as research design in the physical and GIscience arms of geography; the ethics and issues of developing and maintaining contacts in the field; and career trajectories for geography majors.

"Nobo has always been interdisciplinary," noted organizing committee member co-chair Elaine Guidero, "but this year it was even more so, and I'm excited about this trend continuing."

Kevin St. Martin, a noted political ecologist specializing in the geography of Northeastern coastal fishing communities and marine spatial planning (currently an associate professor at Rutgers University), provided the keynote address, detailing the issues surrounding the implementation of the marine cadastre, and its associated restrictions on traditional fishing territories of small, independent fishermen.

The conference is dedicated to examining issues of space and place, scale, and dynamic connections between the human and physical realms, this conference provides an opportunity for student scholars (graduate and undergraduate) from across departments, disciplines, and universities to meet, share ideas, and educate one another. The no)Boundaries conference serves as a venue for students to make professional connections, to discover ideas and research in other disciplines that is relevant to their own work, and to broaden their academic interests in a supportive and positive environment.


no)Boundaries 2012 Committee
Raechel Bianchetti
Elaine Guidero (co-chair)
Patrick Hammons
Arielle Hesse
Crista M. Livecchi (co-chair)
Wei Luo
Whitney Smith
Jennifer Titanski
Justin VanderBerg
Seth Wilberding
Amanda Young

The 2012 conference sponsors include:
Penn State University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC)
Penn State Department of Geography
Office of Educational Equity, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State
Don Kunze, Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Architecture

"We could not have done this without our sponsors, the work of the organizing committee, and of course the presenters and attendees. I'm really looking forward to next year," Guidero said