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March 10th Political Ecology Symposium to Honor Professor Thomas Bassett

Posted on 03/02/2017 | Charles Fogelman and Matt Cohn
Professor Thomas Bassett is retiring after more than three decades of research, teaching, and service at the University of Illinois. On Friday, March 10th, the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science and the Center for African Studies are holding a symposium in his honor:

Professor John Thompson, 1924 - 2017

Posted on 02/24/2017 | Matt Cohn
We are sad to report that Dr. John Thompson passed away on Sunday, February 19th at the age of 92. Dr. Thompson devoted his 33-year career at the University of Illinois to advancing the disciplines of geography and Latin American studies, and has left a lasting impact in both fields.

Professional Master's Students Earn Awards and an Internship at GIS Day 2016

Posted on 12/22/2016 | Matt Cohn
Dale Lee and Xu Li won awards for their Poster Map Competition submissions, and Fikriyah Winata gave a practical presentation on the ArcGIS app Survey123.

Professor Sivapalan Receives Alfred Wegener Medal from European Geosciences Union

Posted on 12/06/2016 | Matt Cohn
Sivapalan recognized for exceptional international standing in his field.

GIS Day 2016 - Tuesday, November 15th

Posted on 10/26/2016 | Matt Cohn
GIS Day 2016 will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. It will feature practical GIS presentations, lightning talks focused on GIS implementation strategies, a map/poster competition, and a late afternoon career connection session for students and employers.

Dr. Cienciala’s EELS Lab Launches New Stream Habitat Field Site in Northeastern Washington

Posted on 10/21/2016 | Ryan Keeling and Paige Richardson
During the Summer 2016 field season, Dr. Piotr Cienciala led GGIS Master’s student Ryan Keeling and senior Paige Richardson for two weeks of field instruction and data collection at a new field site in the beautiful mountains of northeastern Washington state, just south of the Canadian border. In this research project, Dr. Cienciala’s Ecogeomorphology Ecohydraulics & Landscape Systems (EELS) lab is studying the entire network of streams across the watershed, from small headwater tributaries to much larger main stem channels.
Ryan Keeling and Paige Richardson

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan Awarded 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted on 04/15/2016 | Matt Cohn
Mei-Po Kwan, a professor of geography and geographic information, has made ground-breaking contributions to the discipline of geography in fields spanning environmental health, sustainable cities, human mobility, socio-economic issues in cities, and geographic information science. As noted in a recent award citation: “One of the defining characteristics of her research is that it transcends and eschews boundaries and divides, both within our discipline and between geography and other disciplines.”
Dr. Mei-Po Kwan

Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program in Geographic Information Science!

Posted on 10/20/2015

Capturing cutting-edge geospatial technologies to market and provide real-time information to consumers and businesses is the core of the Geographic Information Science program. Geospatial technologies, ranging from GPS-enabled devices to satellite systems and imagery are an integral part of our interconnected world, and are applied in a wide range of industries including agriculture, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

Image: Dr. Mei-Po Kwan

The Natural History Building: Setting the Stage for 21st Century Learning

Posted on 10/06/2015
When the renovation is complete, all programs within the School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE)—which includes the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography and Geographic Information Science, and Geology—will be brought together under one roof for the first time.

Prof. Bruce Rhoads & Ph.D. Student Quinn Lewis Explore Braided River in Italian Alps

Posted on 10/06/2015 | Quinn Lewis

Between July 27th – August 4th, 2015 Prof. Bruce Rhoads and Quinn Lewis travelled to the Tagliamento River in the Forgaria Nel Friuli region of Italy, which is about one hour NE of Venice. On their trip, they visited with Dr. Alexander Sukhodolov, a researcher at Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany, and his research team. The trip facilitated collaborative work involving mixing at, and downstream of, river confluences.

Tagliamento River confluence, Italy