News Archive

Professor John Thompson, 1924 - 2017

Posted on 03/03/2017 | 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.

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.

Exploring Cities, Crime, and Space with Dr. Brian Jordan Jefferson

Posted on 03/18/2016 | Matt Cohn
In Fall 2016, Assistant Professor Brian Jordan Jefferson will offer a new Geography & GIScience course: GEOG 484 – Cities, Crime, and Space.

More Counties and a New Map for Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Posted on 02/09/2016 | Matt Cohn
In July 2015, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank expanded its service area to include DeWitt, Livingston, and McLean counties, representing an increase of about 6,000 square miles, in which almost 30,000 food insecure families and individuals live. Kristen Costello, EIF’s Development Relations Manager, approached our department for help creating a map of the expanded service area, which now encompasses 17 counties.

Prof. Jesse Ribot Discusses Ecological Risk and Vulnerability in Myanmar, Mexico City, and Beyond

Posted on 02/03/2016 | Matt Cohn
Geography & GIScience Professor Jesse Ribot is traveling the world this spring, delivering several keynote addresses on risk, vulnerability, and climate change adaptation.

Dr. Jim Best Elected to 2015 Class of American Geophysical Union Fellows

Posted on 07/28/2015 | Margaret Leinen and Christina Ravelo, AGU

The 2015 American Geophysical Union Class of Fellows has been selected and will be recognized at the annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Click here to read the article in Eos.

Dr. Sara McLafferty Receives 2015 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship

Posted on 03/12/2015 | Matt Cohn

Geography & Geographic Information Science is proud to announce that Professor and Department Head Sara McLafferty has received the 2015 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography, from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Health and Medical Geography SpecialtyGroup (HMGSG). The award was presented to Dr. McLafferty at the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan awarded 2015 Outstanding Service Award from AAG Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group

Posted on 10/23/2014

Dr. David Wilson invited to speak at AAG, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of Munich in 2015

Posted on 10/23/2014 | Matt Cohn
Dr. David Wilson is in high demand globally as an invited lecturer.

Dr. Jim Best Presents Series on the Future of Big Rivers

Posted on 09/23/2014 | Louise Jett, Lewis & Clark Community College

Dr. Sivapalan Named Seiss Endowed Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Posted on 09/12/2014 | Matt Cohn

Two International Workshops Honor GGIS Professor Geoffrey Hewings

Posted on 09/11/2014 | Matt Cohn
This month, two international research groups are holding annual conferences in honor of Geography & GIScience Professor Geoffrey Hewings, recognizing his contributions to the study of regional and economic geography

Dr. Bruce Rhoads Awarded Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award from AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group

Posted on 05/14/2014
The Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to geomorphology over his/her career.

Dr. Sara McLafferty Receives 2014 Anastasia Von Burkalow Award for Distinguished Service from Hunter College

Posted on 05/08/2014

Dr. Ezekiel Kalipeni Receives 2014 Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished Scholar Award in African Geography from AAG Africa Specialty Group

Posted on 04/01/2014 | Liberal Arts and Sciences
This award honors him for “his proven track record of scholarship on Africa; for his dedication to the development of both the Africa Specialty Group and the African Geographical Review; and for his lifelong contribution to African Geographic scholarship.”

Dr. Tom Bassett Receives 2013 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement

Posted on 03/05/2014 | Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Eric Shook (Ph.D. 2013) Receives William L. Garrison Award for Best Dissertation in Computational Geography from AAG

Posted on 03/03/2014 | AAG

PhD Candidate April Colette - When it Rains, it Pours: a Case Study of Santa Fe, Argentina

Posted on 01/22/2014

PhD Candidate Charles Fogelman Receives NSF Award and Goodman Fellowship for Dissertation Work in Lesotho

Posted on 12/11/2013 | Matt Cohn

Ph.D. candidate Charles Fogelman, working with his graduate advisor/principal investigator Dr. Tom Bassett, has been awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRI) from the National Science Foundation.

A Spatial Data Deluge

Posted on 10/16/2013 | Dr. Shaowen Wang
CyberGIS at Illinois is grounded in both basic and applied research of technologies and applications that have been carried out by my research group for more than a decade. As a result, multiple open-source or open-access software tools (e.g., CyberGIS Gateway and GISolve Toolkit) created by this research program have been used by thousands of researchers in a number of disciplines for tackling computing and data challenges and making scientific breakthroughs.

Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Paving the Way for Environmental Justice

Posted on 09/23/2013 | Beckman Institute

Graduate student Pronoy Raï awarded Social Science Research Council fellowship in Development and Migration

Posted on 05/23/2013 | Matt Cohn

Dr. Bruce Rhoads Named Coordinator of National Great Rivers Research and Education Center's Faculty Fellows Program

Posted on 03/08/2013

Dr. Bruce Rhoads to Study Human Impact on Midwestern Environment via NSF-Funded Critical Zone Observatory (CZO)

Posted on 02/21/2013 | Celeste Arbogast Bragorgos, College of Engineering

Recent PhDs Matt Anderson and Carolina Sternberg Publish Gentrification Study in Urban Affairs Review

Posted on 01/09/2013 | Matt Cohn

Dr. Jesse Ribot Works with REDD+ to "Reshape Peoples' Entitlements to Land and Resources" in Senegal, and Worldwide

Posted on 11/27/2012 | Matt Cohn

Dr. Bruce Rhoads Awarded National Great Rivers Research & Educational Center Fellowship

Posted on 11/09/2012 | Matt Cohn

Our Department is Highly Ranked!

Posted on 10/03/2012 | Dr. Sara McLafferty

Lean Times Get Leaner in Northern Côte d’Ivoire

Posted on 08/14/2012 | Robbie Corey-Boulet, Inter Press Service

Introducing the Cities and Metropolitan Areas Graduate Specialization

Posted on 01/01/1800 | Matt Cohn

Our department has developed this area of specialization just as cities across the globe are experiencing significant regional and global change. More than sixty percent of the earth's population now lives in cities, and a host of problems are threatening their environments and communities. Our array of urban scholars, both faculty and graduate students, are excited to critically appraise these cities and seek solutions to their multiplicity of problems.

GGIS Faculty and Graduate Students Receive Awards and Recognition at 2016 AAG Annual Meeting

Posted on 01/01/1800 | Dr. Sara McLafferty
Our department was very visible at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco. In addition to the many excellent paper and poster presentations by GGIS faculty and graduate students, Dr. Julie Cidell was elected Treasurer, Dr. Mei-Po Kwan received two prestigious awards, and graduate students Yoo Min Park and Sandy Wong received prizes for their papers.