Department News and Faculty Updates
Rebecca Lanier (GHY MS Graduate Student)
Has accepted a position as a GIS Analyst with the 911 Communications Center in Mobile, AL. She begins her new job in June. Congratulations!!
Skeeter Dixon Elected SEDAAG President
Skeeter Dixon has been elected President of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. The term is for 2014 - 2016. Previously Skeeter served as Vice President 2004 - 2006. The Geography program at Southern Miss continues to play a major role in SEDAAG as the journal The Southeastern Geographer is also edited at Southern Miss.
Andy Reese Receives SEDAAG Research Award
Andy Reese reeived the 2013 Research Honors Award from the Southeast Division of the Associaton of American Geographers. The award was present to Andy at the annual SEDAAG meeing in Roanoke, VA.
Catching Up With Jason Jones (GHYBS '11)
Since leaving Southern Miss with a geograhy degree, Jason has strengthed his love for flying. He continues to log many hours as a pilot while also working with NASA's DEVELOP National Progrm. Last year he was selected by the Mississippi Air National Guard to become an officer and pilot; he will attend the Academy of Military Science at Maxwell AFB. Currently he is an Associate Geographic Scientist with ASRC Research and Technology Solutions and working with NASA programs at Stennis Space Center. He also continues his dedicated work with DEVELOP where he has worked with NASA for several years. As an alumnus he sees where geography and geology have helped him build a career he truely enjoys.
Mark Miller Receives International Education Award
Mark Miller received the 2013 Excellence in International Education Award from the Mississippi World Trade Center. Dr. Miller has spent his career developing and leading study abroad programs to Cuba and Jamaica; he served as Dean and Associate Dean of the Colege of International and Continuing Education; and he developed the university's degree in International Development where he still teaches courses.
Ginger Maddox Accepts Position With Hattiesburg
Ginger Maddox (BS Geography) a Southern Miss alumnus who went to the University of New Orleans to earn a Masters in Planning has returned to Hattiesburg to accept a position as a planner with the City of Hattiesburg. Congratulations, Ginger!
Jennifer Henry Hired as Department Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Henry has been hired as our new Department Administrative Assistant. Jennifer had previously been working for the office of the Registrar at Southern Miss. She is married and has one 3 year-old daughter and they are expecting another daughter in August. Jennifer is a graduate of U.S.M. We all look forward to having Jennifer as a member of our department for a long time.
Department Chair Transition
After serving as Department Chair for the past 13 years, Skeeter Dixon has stepped down as chair and Andy Reese has been appointed Interim Chair. Skeeter has been looking forward to this opportunity and the faculty share a strong support for Andy during this period of transition.
Bandana Kar and David Cochran Receive NSF Funding
Bandana Kar and David Cochran have received $306,000 from the National Science Foundation. Their project "Economic Resilience of the U.S. Gulf Coast Communitis to Coastal Hazards" begins this Fall and is funded for three years.
Andy Reese Receives a Lucas Award
Dr. Reese received an Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award for 2013. The monetary award is for the building of a weather station at the Lake Thoreau Envoronmental Education Center.
You may want to check out some of the cool cartography Derek Watkins (BS '10) is creating. One of his recent projects is highlighted in Vanity Fair. Derek is now a graduate student at The University of Oregon and you should check out his site for more cartographical interestes. Derek brings life to the language of maps.
Association of American Geographers International Education and Geography Project
Mark Miller and David Cochran recently completed a survey and media presentation of the interactions between international travels and research and geographic education. Have a look at their presentation.
Economic Mapping in Petal
Last month Dr. Miller and 15 geography students joined Petal, MS development managers for a day of mapping the town's assets. The list included museums, parks, schools, natural resources and historically significant structures. They worked with the Main Street Association and photographed various economic and cultural assets; they GPS located structures, and helped make rankings of the community's assests for a long-term strategic development plan. You can read more about it.
FOG - Friends of Geography
Southern Miss and the Hattiesburg community are working on a planned future for Midtown Hattiesburg. Have a look at their concepts and our ever expanding campus community.
Upcoming Professional Meetings
3.6.2014 - 3.7.2014 78th Annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences to be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, MS. For more informaiton.
4.8.2014 - 4.12.2014 Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa, FL. For more information.
Place: WSB 229
Speaker: SEDAAG Presentations
Affiliation: USM GHY Graduate Students
SEDAAG Student Presentations
USM Graduate Students
Three student presentations