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Geography professor earns NSF Foundation RAPID award to study COVID-19 

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With the COVID-19 pandemic upending life as we know it, researchers in  West Virginia University’s  Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are taking quick action to study how people from Appalachia to Europe are responding to the pressure this crisis has placed on their communities.

Daniel Totzkay, an assistant professor of  communication studies, recognizes that the spread of the coronavirus has led to extensive misinformation. While most of the recommendations, like teleworking and avoiding large crowds and public transportation, are appropriate for urban areas, these tactics are less relevant for rural areas.

“This study came together just as all of the stay-at-home orders went through, and especially at that time, there seemed to be so much competing information in the news and in our own social networks about what you should or shouldn’t do,” Totzkay said. “That continues today with an oversaturation of information on how serious COVID-19 is, what someone should do about it, how effective things are at protecting you and what is happening within the healthcare system.” 

Supported by a National Science Foundation RAPID award, funding dedicated to quick-response projects supporting severe or urgent situations, he intends to respond to this gap by investigating how rural populations in Appalachia are adapting to this emerging public health crisis.

Totzkay, an expert in health communications, put together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from WVU to study Appalachia from a wide range of perspectives. These researchers include  Shari Steinman ( Psychology),  Jamison Conley ( Geography),  Megan Dillow (Communication Studies),  Alan Goodboy (Communication Studies),  Lynne Cossman ( Sociology and Anthropology) and  Matthew Jacobsmeier ( Political Science).

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Research Spotlight

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New book series, Borderless

Jonathan C. Hall, Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of the Wilderness Geography Lab is editing a new interdisciplinary book series. 

West Virginia University Press is pleased to announce Borderless, a new book series edited by two WVU faculty members—Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, the Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Jonathan C. Hall, assistant professor of geography—working with John C. Harris of Oklahoma University and David Monk of Gulu University in Uganda.  

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Geology and Geography professor receives honors

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing has announced Tim Warner, professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, as one of its 2020 Fellow Award Recipients. 

He is recognized for performing exceptional service in advancing the mapping sciences and is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. In addition, Warner has been selected by AmericaView, a national association of remote sensing scientists, for its Lifetime Achievement Award.

This award recognizes individuals who have given tirelessly to AmericaView and have exhibited a lifetime of distinguished achievements in remote sensing, GIS and Earth   Sciences. This award will only ever be held by 10 individuals at one given time. 

Congratulations, Dr. Warner!  


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Culcasi awarded Fellowships from the West Virginia Humanities Council

Karen Culcasi was awarded a Fellowship from the West Virginia Humanities Council for the humanities project:  Muslim Men and Women’s Experiences in West Virginia  

Student Spotlight

Elizabeth Hanwell Wins Prestigious ASPRS Scholarship

Elizabeth Hanwell, a Junior majoring in Environmental Geoscience, will be receiving the John O. Behrens ILI Memorial Scholarship from ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) for outstanding students in geospatial science. Hanwell has been an Intern at the West Virginia GIS Technical Center since January of 2018. At the Tech Center she created the West Virginia Landslide Tool, worked on creation of a statewide building inventory and is creating a series of trail maps at the county and regional level.

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Please join us in congratulating our 2020 Geography winners!

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement- Dr. Rick Landenberger
  • Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Heidi Gum
  • Cole Unger Excellence in Social Action Award – Kassandra Colón

The Center for Service and Learning announces the 2020 Excellence in Community Engagement Award Winners!

The annual Excellence in Community Engagement Awards honor extraordinary accomplishments in engaged learning and community impact. The recognition criteria are founded upon demonstration of the Mountaineer Core Values of Service, Curiosity, Respect, Accountability, and Appreciation. The awards are given in ten categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Student Group, Faculty, Staff, Service-Learning Instruction, Community Partner, Campus Partner, and National Service. 

 

Recent Geography Ph.D. , Kristen deGraauw featured in WBOY video.

Hobby turned career: how 1 person’s passion for American history changed the field

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Colloquia cancelled for rest of semester.
We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 
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