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Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia

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Upcoming Events and Announcements

Dissertation proposal defenses

Sahar Derakhshan will defend her dissertation proposal, “Spatio-temporal modeling of earthquake recovery: A comparative study,” on Wednesday, August 15th at 12:30 pm in CSSC 228. Her committee consists of Dr. Zhenlong Li, Dr. Cuizhen Wang, Dr. Melanie Gall (Arizona State), and Dr. Susan Cutter (chair). A copy of her proposal is available for your review in the main office. The public is welcome to attend her public presentation.

Nicholas Sokol will defend his dissertation proposal, “A Computational Examination of Nocturnal Heat Flux Variations in a Shallow Gully,” on Thursday, August 23rd at 2:30 pm in CSSC 112. His committee consists of Dr. Zhenlong Li, Dr. Greg Carbone, Dr. David Kristovich (Illinois Water Survey/U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Dr. April Hiscox (chair). A copy of the proposal is available for your review in the main office. The public is welcome to attend his public presentation.


Geog alum wins Fulbright

Janae Davis, former USC master’s student (2015 ) and current Ph.D. student at Clark University, has received a Fulbright dissertation award. Davis's award funds dissertation research to examine the racialized division of labor associated with Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDPs) that promote ecotourism in the southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa.


Graduate awards announced

The Department of Geography is proud to announce the following graduate awards:

Newly minted Dr. Junyu Lu won the Lovingood Award for his paper "Detrending crop yield data for spatial visualization of drough impacts in the United States, 1985–2014," which was published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology with Drs. Carbone and Gao as co-authors.

The Graduate Instructor Award was given to Erika Chin and Sam Nielson.

Yuqin Jiang was the winner of this year's Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.


Undergraduates recognized at USC Awards Day program

A number of geography undergraduates were recognized at the university’s Awards Day program on April 19, 2018.

Theodore Simons and Adam Bradway were co-recipients of the Petty Award for Excellence in Geography. Named in honor of the late Dr. Julian Petty, who taught geography at USC from 1929-1967 and was the department’s first chair, this award is conferred each spring on a graduating geography major in recognition of sustained excellence in scholarship over the student’s undergraduate career.

Patrick McKenzie and Tanner Reagle were co-recipients of geography's Rising Senior Award, which is given to a rising senior who has demonstrated excellence in academic coursework. Mr. McKenzie is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in geography with a double major in biological sciences and a minor in Spanish. Mr. Reagle is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in geography with a double major in economics and a minor in Spanish.

Joshua Calloway was awarded the Bushman Award, which is given to the outstanding student in cartography during an academic year. This award is named in honor of the late Dr. Donald O. Bushman, who taught geography and cartography at USC from 1953-1973.

Lindsay Harden was awarded the Bennett S. Masaschi Memorial Scholarship, which was established by John and Susan Masaschi in honor of their son, Bennett, who completed his B.A. degree in geography at USC in 1975. Ms. Harden is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in geography.



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Photo: Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia; Michael Hodgson.