This week, a group of 15 IDCE faculty and students are attending the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle, Washington. The proceedings take place from April 12-16, and IDCE faculty and students from GISDE and ES&P programs will be presenting papers and taking part in diverse panels related to their research.
IDCE Faculty in attendance:
- Kiran Asher, Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, will be a panelist in a session related to her book, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (2009: Duke University Press). She will also be a panelist for the session Principled Engagement: Political ecologists and their interactions outside the academy.
- Hamil Pearsall, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, is presenting a paper entitled Tree-lined lanes or vacant lots? Evaluating non-stationarity between urban greenness and social structure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with geographically weighted regression.
- Robert Pontius, Associate Professor of Geography, is presenting a paper entitled Interpretation of the Relative Operating Characteristic (ROC) to measure the accuracy of land change simulation.
- Sam Ratick, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, is presenting a paper entitled Optimizing Sampling for Spatially Predictive Modeling.
- Jennie Stephens, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, is presenting a paper entitled Green-Energy Cluster Development in Worcester, Massachusetts: The Role of Universities and other Bridging Organizations.
- Henry Bulley, former IDCE faculty, will present a paper entitled Assessing the potential impacts of suburban growth on water resources in Northeastern USA.
Eight IDCE students are presenting papers at the meeting:
Student Honors Paper Competition:
- Alexander Carnes – GISDE ’11: Temporal Variations in the Distribution of West Nile Virus within the United States; 2000-2008
- Nicholas Cuba – GISDE ’11: Modeling Spatio-Temporal Variation in Deciduousness in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula Using MODIS Vegetation Indices, 2000-2010
- Yao Zhou – GISDE ’11: Global increases in NDVI in hyper-arid areas and it’s relation to water vapor and aerosols
Applied Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition:
- S. M. Rafael Harun – GISDE ’11: Understanding the spatial distribution of industrial farms and modeling its relationship with demographic and health characteristics of the US population
Perceptive Minds and Affective Bodies in Urban Environment:
- Nikita Kharlamov- GISDE ’11: Venturing Outside the Campus: Experiencing the City by Walking Through It
Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography of Human Environment Interactions:
- Timothy Wright- GISDE ’11: An analysis of the complex human-environmental factors which drive fragmentation in Massachusetts and its implications for future development and conservation
New Voices in Rural Geography #2: International Research:
- Jing Yang- ES&P ’11: Moving Towards More Sustainable Agriculture in China: Strengthen Environmental Management of Processing Tomato Industry
SAM Student Paper Competition:
- Yujia Zhang – GISDE ’11: Characterizing Land Changes over Several Time Points