Departmental News & Honors

The following is a list of just some of the more important honors, awards and other recognition of geography faculty and students in the last year. We don’t try to list everything, but be assured there are many more honors than shown here.

Undergraduate Sarah Mirza received the Merle Prunty Scholarship at the annual meeting of SEDAAG in Athens.

Jenny McGibbon has been awarded a Portuguese graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for spring 2015 from the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI).

An article by Matt Hauer titled “Projections of the Populations in the United States in 2100 at Risk of Inundation Under Various Sea Level Rise Scenarios” was selected for the 2014 E. Walter Terrie Award for State & Local Demography at the Southern Demographic Association annual meeting.

Castle Williams received an American Meteorological Society graduate fellowship for 2014–2015.

Jiaying He was named the “DEVELOPer of the Term” by the NASA DEVELOP program in spring 2014.

The animated map showing Indian land cessions and treaties in the United States created by Sergio Bernardes, the Center for Virtual History, and the Department of History received a great amount of media attention. The animation received almost 30,000 views in a month and was featured by the Washington Post, Vox.com and others, can be found on YouTube.

Josh Barkan has been invited to participate in the Presidential Plenary Session in Chicago organized by AAG President Mona Domosh.

Nik Heynen was named as the director of the UGA Integrative Conservation (ICON) program.

Senior Accountant Jane Worley received a Staff Excellence Award from Franklin College this summer.

Pete Akers received an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement (DDRI) grant for his work titled “High-Resolution, Late Quaternary Climate and Vegetation Record for the American Midwest: Isotope and Pollen Evidence from Stalagmites and Flowstone in Three Caves.” Levi Van Sant received an NSF DDRI grant for his work titled “From Truck Farming to Local Food Systems.” Claire Bolton received a DDRI grant for her project titled “Faith-Based Organizations and Race: A Case Study of the Christian Community Development Association.”

Jill Gambill was part of a team that received National Sea Grant's highest award, the National Superior Outreach Programming Award, for their work on the Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan. Jill leads climate communications and public engagement on the project. Also, the project was included as a case study in President Obama's U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Lauren Anderson was selected as one of the five finalists for the Best Student Paper competition of GIScience Specialty Group at the upcoming AAG meeting for the paper “Mergers and Network Effects: Understanding the Increase in Percentage of Non-Weather-Caused Flight Delays in the United States from 2004 to 2013.” This is particularly significant for a master student, as the finalists are usually doctoral students.

At the Georgia Geospatial Conference in October, Xuan Zhang won first place in map/poster for people’s choice award for “Walk Score Map for Metropolises in the U.S.” Lauren Anderson earned first place in the graduate student presentation competition for “Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Flight Delay Types in the Contiguous United States During 2012.” Wenjing Xu received second place in the graduate student presentation competition for "Soil-adjusted Ability Comparison of Vegetation Indices using PROSAIL Model.”

UGA Geography grad student Adriana Rincón met the head prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on October 28, 2014, at the Law School's Children and International Criminal Justice Conference. The prosecutor personally answered Adriana's question about the ICC's role and understanding of transitional justice mechanisms in Colombia.

Steve Holloway and collobartors have updated their website mapping diversity and segregation with recent 2010 census data and are actively working on an upgrade to the site.