Geography Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2018

Message from the chair | Geofest awards, alumni visitors, faculty kudos

In addition to those who completed a geography major, minor, or master’s degree, 23 graduating seniors earned certificates in GIS or in Wealth and Poverty.

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Meteorology students chase storms in Tornado Alley, featured in U.S. News

Eighteen meteorology students from Ohio University packed their bags and headed west to the Central and Southern Plains' Tornado Alley.

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Painter awarded 2017 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Rob Painter, BS '93, is one of two alumni awarded the 2017 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship for their innovations in technology development and successes in entrepreneurship.

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Scalia Lab launches new website for Athens weather

Ohio University's Scalia Laboratory — the only place to get current weather conditions and an Athens-specific forecast — just launched a new mobile-friendly website.

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Students present redevelopment study to Zanesville council

Economics and geography students put their research and data skills to work on behalf of Zanesville, presenting options for redevelopment and the economic impact of the Mosaic Tile Property to the City Council.

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New online certificate designed for professionals using geospatial technologies

The Geospatial Information Science: GIS & Cartography Certificate is fully online and is designed for professionals who need to think spatially, interpret maps, and creatively use geospatial technologies, which are fundamental skills expected in a wide variety of careers today. No prior background in GIS is needed for this certificate.

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Faculty news

Houser gets NSF funding for study of tornado formation and intensity

Dr. Jana Houser and her students recently embarked on a new trajectory of research that explores the influence of factors in the physical landscape on tornado behavior.

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Anderson appointed to Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Dr. Timothy G. Anderson to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board for a three-year term beginning June 28.

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Buckley co-edits new volume, 'The American Environment Revisited'

Dr. Geoff Buckley co-edited a new volume of essays, The American Environment Revisited: Environmental Historical Geographies of the United States, building upon the 1992 landmark text.

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Athens News Reviews Bernard's Book 'Late-K Lunacy'
Late-K Lunacy is after bigger quarry than the gossipy pleasures of a college-town roman a clef. It’s a warning about the fragility of this computerized, fossil-fueled world we humans have built, and how soon it could all begin ripping apart at the seams,” says the review of Ted Bernard’s new book.
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Geography seniors headed to careers, military, graduate schools

"This May, we sent off a large and impressive class of graduating Geography majors. Most have very exciting plans, including graduate school, service such as AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, or their first professional job," says Dr. Brad Jokisch.

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Ling’s a 'one-person GIS team' at Volkswagen

Kenny Ling, MS '09, has landed a dream job for geography alumni. He is a GIS site planning and research specialist at Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen.

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Kathleen dedicates career to increasing recycling

An environmental planner with GT Environmental, Molly Kathleen, BS '08, works to address recycling and solid waste challenges in Ohio.
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Happy Beginnings | Siggers receives prestigious graduate school offers

Brooke Siggers, BS, BA,’18, is attending the urban planning master’s degree program at Tufts University this fall, having received offers of admission from a variety of prestigious programs, including Ohio State, Columbia, George Washington University, New York University, University of Virginia, Cornell, and Georgetown.
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Happy Beginnings | Pullar heading to top-ranked Vermont law school

For most students applying to law school, the period between submitting their law school applications and finally deciding where to attend is filled with anticipation, uncertainty, and anxiety. For Jacob Pullar, BS ‘18, that period concluded with excitement.
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Scott Lutz oversees meteorological services for Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Scott A. Lutz, BS '95, is a Civil Service Meteorologist for the 88th Operations Support Squadron at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
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Simone Lewis provides decision support from National Weather Service

Simone Lewis, BS '03, BA '06, is a general forecaster for the National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia.
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Joseph Calderone is senior forecaster with National Weather Service

Joseph Calderone, MA '98, is a senior forecaster with the U.S. National Weather Service in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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More Geography alumni news
Upcoming events

Stop by the A&S Homecoming tent on Oct. 20

Find College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and alumni at Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tailgreat Park. Sample food grown at the OHIO Student Farm and prepared by Food Studies theme students. Register to win a two-night stay at the Ohio University Inn.
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Save the Date | Arts & Sciences Student-Alumni Networking, Jan. 31

Mark your calendars for the college’s third annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at cohenl@ohio.edu.

Challenging Dialogues—Events on campus and on A&S TV

In his inaugural address, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis challenged the University to become a place where dialogue and rigorous, civil debate are institutional hallmarks. See what’s happening in the college, including many events that will be on A&S TV.
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Wealth & Poverty | Action on Inequality Week, Sept. 21-28

The Wealth and Poverty theme at Ohio University presents six speakers for “Action on Inequality Week” from Sept. 21-28.
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Career corner

Online certificate in data analysis for those with no statistics, programming experience

“The ability to understand novel problems, apply good judgment, and make informed decisions has become essential to leadership. Students earning the Certificate in Data Analysis learn to describe, analyze, and visualize real-world data using open-source tools," says Dr. Michael Burton.
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More than 200,000 employers just a Handshake away

Handshake is a career development, networking, and recruiting tool that will expand opportunities for OHIO students and alumni. More than 200,000 employers, including all of the Fortune 500 companies, are using Handshake.
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Can you help students? Want to get involved?

The Bobcat alumni network is incredibly productive in giving OHIO students a great start on successful career paths. If you could benefit from access to Bobcat career services – or if you know of internship opportunities – or if you want to help your department support students, there are many ways to get involved, both in Athens and from afar. If you’re interested in connecting with a department, educational enrichment, networking, or coming to campus, contact Lisa Cohen.
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