Geographers Shine in Tucson
Six HSU Geography students, alumni, and faculty recently attended the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Composed of eight western states, British Columbia and Yukon Territory, the APCG is the westernmost division of the Association of American Geographers, which counts 10,500 members.
Senior Lucas Reyes took home the top undergraduate research prize for his paper and presentation on The Dawn of the Greenhouse on Rural Tibetan Landscapes. Lucas conducted the field work last summer as a member of the China-Tibet Field Study Program, led by Tony Rossi.
Lucas was not alone on the podium. Hailey Lang (HSU GEOG ’14), a graduate student at SJSU, won the top MA award for Analyzing the Foreclosure and Crime Burden of Stockton, California. She completed her multi year project as an undergraduate Arcata.
HSU Senior Rangeland Resource Science student Conor Handley won the Indigenous Peoples Travel Grant. He presented his paper on The Role of Indigenous Fire Ecology and Culturally Based Prescribed Fire in the Reintroduction of the California Condor.
A final paper by Jared Whear (HSU GEOG '13, now a graduate student at the University of Missouri, presented Rural Protest, Environmental Activism, and “Sacred Water”: A Case Study of the Las Vegas/Snake Valley Rural-Urban Water War.
Also attending was HSU Interim Provost Jenny Zorn (Geography PhD.), who presented her research on Internationalization Programs in U.S. Higher Education. Zorn's data on the millions of students in China and India who are qualified for higher education, “but have no room in their own countries”, had everyone upright in their seats.
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Alicia Iverson, (second from left) won the CAHSS Award for Academic Excellence. She is pictured here with Geography Professors Rosemary Sherriff (far left), Stephen Cunha (center), and Dennis Fitzsimons (far right). Also pictured is fellow geography student, Kelly Muth, who was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, and Best Undergraduate Research Project
Rounding out the Arcata contingent was Professor Stephen Cunha, who was elected APCG’s Vice-President. Cunha stated, "As is our tradition at professional meetings, HSU geographers build upon their reputation for quality field research, innovative graphics, and composure under pressure." Next year, Cunha will become the organization's 79th President.