Upcoming Events and Announcements
Grad teaching award winners
The Department of Geography is pleased to announce its graduate instructional award winners for 2021–2022.
- Department of Geography Graduate Instructor Award — This award recognizes outstanding graduate student instructors.
- Department of Geography Teaching Assistant Award —This award recognizes outstanding TAs.
Congratulations Qian and Stafford!
Jackson wins Patterson prize
Geography grad student Sarah Jackson was announced as this year's winner of the university's Rhude M. Patterson Fellowship.
The $5000 award is given each year to a female grad student in the humanities or social
sciences who has exhibited excellence in her field. Congratulations, Sarah!
Geography major Windsor wins Sullivan Award
UofSC geography major Claire Windsor received one of two Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, the schools's highest undergraduate honor, in recognition of her work to encourage
sustainability on campus.. Claire also won the Pastides Sustainability Award and the
Outstanding Achievement and Student Triumph Award.
Jiang wins 2022 ESIP Raskin Scholarship
Congratulations to Yuqin Jiang, who was announced as the winner of this year's Raskin Scholarship. The award is
given annually by the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) to a student in the
Earth or computer sciences who has demonstrated an interest in Earth science data
systems. Way to go, Yuqin!
Jackson receives SPARC grant
Sarah Jackson was awarded a 2021–22 SPARC graduate research grant. The $5,000 grant to work on
her dissertation project, “The Role of Geographic Context in Tornado Risk Perception
and Response,” is one of 52 awarded to UofSC graduate researchers. Congrats, Sarah!
TA award to Pete Tereszkiewicz!
Each semester the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, which works to raise
the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels, recognizes
a handful of outstanding teaching assistants. This January an award went to geography
grad student Pete Tereszkiewicz! Congrats, Pete!
AAG honor to Mitchell
The 2022 Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education has been awarded to Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell, current chair of the UofSC Department of Geography, for his exceptional service
to the discipline of geography and unique contributions to the geographic education
community. From 2004 to 2021, he served as coordinator of the South Carolina Geographic
Alliance (SCGA). He has received more than $5 million in grants to support geographic
education and has provided pre-service training, professional development, and geographic
content lectures for more than 40,000 educators throughout South Carolina.
ESIP award to Quan!
Congratulations to Qian Huang for being named a 2022 ESIP community fellow in the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster! ESIP
is a non-profit that examines Earth science data, and the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster
facilitates connections and coordinates efforts among data providers, managers and
developers of disaster response systems and tools, and end-user communities within
Knauss Fellowship to geographer
Ellie Davis Peirel is a Knauss Fellow finalist! The Knauss Fellowships, administered through NOAA and Sea Grant, place early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, D.C., for one year.
Ellie is following in the footsteps of Michelle Harris, who received this award last
Kudos to Beth Nelson
Congratulations to Beth Nelson! Not only did she defend her dissertation this month, but she also won the European
Geography Specialty Group award at AAG 2021. Beth will be giving an informal research talk via Zoom Thursday, April 29, at 4 p.m.
Ellie Davis named Breakthrough Award recipient
Ellie Davis, a doctoral student in the department under Professor Kirstin Dow, was named one of UofSC's 2021 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award winners. The award recognizes exceptional graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and make considerable contributions to research and scholarly activities in their field. Congratulations to Ellie!
She is the second geography grad student to win this award recently. Xiao Huang (Ph.D. 2020) received a Graduate Scholar Award in 2019.
UofSC Geography and Geographers in the News
- [Mock] Why Hurricane Kay won’t make landfall in California
- [Mock] Tropical Storm Danielle first named Atlantic storm in nearly 2 months
- Early Career Spotlight: Peter Tereszkiewicz
- [Carbone] Is inflation impacting climate change?
- [Cutter] What’s in a hurricane name? It depends
- [Kupfer] One month in, New Mexico’s largest-ever fire fuels anger and despair
- [Hardy] With recent funding, sea level sensor project in Savannah moves into new phase
- [Cutter] Weary of many disasters? UN says worse to come
- [Dow; Morgan] Majestic oaks cut down to make room for parking lots, new buildings as Bull Street expands
- [Cutter] Weary of many disasters? UN says worse to come
- [Mock] How climate change historians are using centuries-old data to shine a light on our planet’s future
- [Dow] UN report underlines a climate change reality: SC has ‘a lot to do’ to adapt
- [Nagel] AAG on climate, human rights, geopolitical uncertainty at Virtual Annual Conference 2022
- [Dow] Four UofSC researchers chosen as AAAS fellows
- [Mitchell] AAG Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education
- [Carbone] Climate change’s impacts on South Carolina
- [Mock] Forecasters don't expect major activity as 2021 Atlantic hurricane season wraps up
- [Mock] South Carolina’s ghostly Gray Man legend offers lessons in hurricanes and shared stories
- [Mock] This 1846 hurricane would be a nightmare scenario for today’s crowded East Coast
- [Mock] Tropical cyclones like Henri impact New England states at random, scientists say
- [Dow] ‘Temperatures are rising here:’ Environmental experts urge action against climate change
- [Cutter] Anybody wanna talk about the stormy weather in South Carolina?
- [Swartout] Smoky Mountain homecoming
- [Carbone] Climate change expected to make Charleston’s weather even more extreme
- [Mock] Was an 1812 hurricane the worst storm to ever hit New Orleans? Historians look for clues
- 2021 student awards announced
- [Cutter] Beleaguered by disaster damages, the U.S. may finally start spending on resilience
- [Fleming] First Rhodes Scholar with autism pens book on the spectrum of the human mind
- [Cutter] Climate change added $8 billion to Superstorm Sandy’s damages: Study
- Jory Fleming: An Autistic Man's Guide to Life
- 2021 GeoInt awards
- Fleming] How to be human
- [DeBoom] Chinese green energy plan comes with human cost
- Jory Fleming shares what it's like going through life with autism In new memoir
- [DeBoom] African countries are helping China go green. That may have a downside for Africans
- [Cutter] The riskiest place for a natural disaster in the U.S.? You’re living in it, L.A.
- [Carbone] November 2020 had second-highest temperatures in SC, and set a record for the globe
- [Cutter] FEMA releases new National Risk Index measuring natural disaster risk, vulnerability
- [Mock] Hurricane Zeta breaks records for Gulf and 2020 season
- [Mock] Tropical weather conditions are keeping storms south of Charleston this hurricane season
- [Nagel] South Carolina is changing. Is it enough to put Jaime Harrison in the Senate?
- [Cutter] Six ways the 2020 census will change your life
- 2020 Governor's Award to Jerry Mitchell
Photo: Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia; Michael Hodgson.