Coffee Hour: FT&R "TED" -style talks

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 3:30pm
Refreshments served in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. Lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
Coffee Hour: FT&R "TED" -style talks
Learn about the research the FT&R Faculty are doing

Wes Stroh, Lecturer, Online Geospatial Programs, Dutton Institute/Dept. of Geography "An Online Seminar In Location Intelligence for Business"

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Location Intelligence in business settings is experiencing a new round of growth and expansion due in
large part to the accessibility of more facile tools and data access. Stroh's seminar
explores this trend in the topics of market research, site selection, logistics/transportation, and
risk/crisis management with applied activities that engage students with principles of business
geography and rich discussions using new online conversational tools such as VoiceThread.

Tim White, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
"Keeping my head above water..."

Jim Detwiler, Dutton Institute
"Online Courses: Are They Really Easier?"
Many students are under the impression that online courses are easier than their traditional
face-to-face counterparts.  This talk presents research that attempts to provide an answer to that
question by looking at student performance in courses offered both online and face to face University-wide over the period 2006-2010.
Frank Hardisty (GeoVISTA/Dutton)
"Space-Time Clustering in the Cloud"
Cloud computing gives researchers and students easy access to computing power.  Hardisty describes how cloud computing will affect geography, and describes a new course in Cloud and Server GIS.

Ryan Baxter, Dutton Institute & The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE)
"Downloads and Double Crops"
This talk presents research on the potential for producing biofuel feedstocks (switchgrass and winter double crops) in China and the Chesapeake Bay region (  Additionally, the data resources available at PASDA ( are reviewed.

 Sarah Chamberlain, Senior Research Assistant, Riparia
"Floristic Quality Assessment:  What Plants Tell Us About Habitat Condition"
Ever wonder what plants could tell us if only they could talk? Floristic Quality Assessment is one
way plants communicate to us about the condition of our environment. Come learn about
Floristic Quality Assessment and be amazed at the secret life of plants!

Angela Rogers