Autumn Quarter 2008
On November 3, 1956, our very own Prof. Henry L. Hunker, led a group of professional geographers from around the country on a tour of "Urban-Industrial Columbus, Ohio." Thanks to Prof. Ola Ahlqvist and his students, you can relive Prof. Hunker's tour on Google Earth! Click here for details.
The Geospatial Data and Analysis Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization will be hosting a pizza lunch and roundtable discussion on spatial analyses of the Greenland Ice Sheet. This event will be on November 18, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. in Derby 1039. Featured speakers include:
Join us for Coffee Hour on Friday November 21, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. in Derby 1039. Coffee Hour provides the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to mingle in a relaxed forum. If you are interested in volunteering or bringing a snack to share, please contact Sarah Wright or sign up in the mailroom (Derby 1035).
Kelly Feltault, PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at American University, has worked as a public folklorist and senior program officer in international development for over ten years. Her current research raises questions about the "tragedy of the commons" explanation for fisheries collapse by examining the Chesapeake blue crab fishery in the context of the expanding global seafood industry. Feltault traces the transformation of the Maryland crab cake from regional food to mass marketed national commodity by connecting two neoliberal development patterns: tourism through waterfront redevelopment in Baltimore and non-traditional commodity exports of seafood in Thailand. She will highlight how states, restaurants, and corporations are privatizing and commercializating fisheries closer to the point of consumption by commodifying cultural heritage as a quality brand and nature through global seafood safety standards. November 17, 2008, 5:30-8:00 PM in 311 Denney Hall. Presentation, Discussion and Food. Official Flyer here.
Join us for our first Coffee Hour of 2008-09 on Thursday October 30, 2008 at 3:30 P.M. in Derby 1080. Coffee Hour provides the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to mingle in a relaxed forum. If you are interested in volunteering or bringing a snack to share, please contact Sarah Wright or sign up in the mailroom (Derby 1035). Coffee Hour is sponsored by the Geography Graduate Organization.
Geography 580S, "Serving the Community with Cartography" was featured in the Lantern on October 29, 2008. (Read the Article here.) This new course will be an introduction to the art, craft and science of cartography and will be run as a service learning course in which students engage in a community mapping collaboration with Ohio State's African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (AAAS) and other community organizations in the near east side of Columbus. Student activities will focus on issues surrounding neighborhood regeneration through mapping of community assets, capabilities, and abilities. Click here to download the official flyer.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 2:00 P.M., Scott Hall 240
This seminar presents an excellent opportunity for interested students to learn about state-of-the-art LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology in a seminar featuring new data acquired over the Andes & Appalachians. Paul Kinder received his Master's degree from OSU geography in 1994, specializing in spatial analytic methods. He is currently Science and Technology Director at the Canaan Valley Institute, using geospatial tools in multidisciplinary endeavors. Weather and time permitting, there will be a tour of equipment and aircraft at the OSU airport, and a data acquisition flight will be made over the OSU oval! Offical Flyer (PDF) here!
Join Craig Hadley from the Department of Anthropology at Emory University for a roundtable discussion on Tuesday October 7 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Contact Sri Thakkilapat to sign up!
Food insecurity occurs when individuals face unpredictable access to safe and nutritious foods. Although a common public health problem, food insecurity has rarely been a research priority among those studying population heath. This may be changing as food prices soar and many countries face a food crisis. In this talk I will discuss the current global food insecurity situation and highlight studies we have carried out in East Africa examining the impact of food insecurity on social, physical and mental health. I will then use data from our ongoing longitudinal study to examine the impact of the global food crisis on Ethiopian adolescents and specifically test several hypotheses promulgated in the popular media about who is most affected by the food crisis. Our results suggest that youth are not buffered from the negative impacts of the global food crisis. Our results also suggest that the patterns of vulnerability among Ethiopian youth differ considerably from those reported in popular media outlets. These data offer a cautionary tale to broad generalizations about who is being affected by the food crisis and suggest novel hypotheses and new research directions.
The 2008-09 academic year and Centennial Celebration commence September 22, 2008 at 9:30 A.M. in Derby 1080. This year's annual gathering will feature incoming graduate students and several Centennial highlights!