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Dorje Tashi Awarded NSF DDRI Grant

March 8, 2018

Dorje Tashi ( Duojie Zhaxi ) was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) grant. The award will support his dissertation research project titled "Tibetan Farmers in Transition: Urbanization, Development, and Labor Migration in Amdo." His doctoral dissertation research project will investigate how social-cultural and political-economic processes intersect to...

Map of geographical distribution of tornado and flash flood warnings

Jennifer Henderson: A Hazard Multiple: The Co-Production of Tornado/Flash Flood Warnings in a National Weather Service Forecast Office

March 2, 2018

During a tornado outbreak in May of 2013, a family of seven took shelter in an underground culvert in Oklahoma City, fearful, no doubt, for their children’s lives; minutes later, they were swept away in flood waters that raced through ditches and culverts near the city, killing all of them...

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Monica Rother Accepts Assistant Professorship at UNCW

Feb. 27, 2018

Monica Rother (PhD 2015) is accepting a tenure-track assistant professor position in Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington . Monica is a forest ecologist with expertise in biogeography, disturbance ecology, global change ecology, and fire history. Her dissertation work addressed spatial and temporal patterns of post-fire conifer...

Woman squatting, burying head in arms, in front of earthquake devastation of Sichuan China

Christian Sorace: The Mirage of Development: The Sichuan Earthquake, One Decade Later

Feb. 23, 2018

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, it is worth reflecting on the post-earthquake reconstruction from the perspective of what was built, why was it built, and ultimately for whom was it built? Based on my book Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan...

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Anu Sabhlok: Road Chronicles: Ethnographic notes on defense and development from the Indo-Tibetan border roads

Feb. 16, 2018

“China is building roads right up to the border and we have to follow suit.” There is an urgency in the road building activity on India’s borders. These roads, we are told, will secure the nation and bring development to its peripheral areas. In this paper, I go deeper into...

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CAS Wins Major Grant from Henry Luce Foundation

Feb. 14, 2018

Center for Asian Studies wins three-year grant from Henry Luce Foundation to conduct trans-Pacific studies in ‘lively research field’ (article by Clint Talbot) As the United States steps back from international development, China is launching huge infrastructure projects as a way to broaden its global influence. For scholars at the...

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Neil Brenner: Is the world urban?

Feb. 9, 2018

In what sense is the 21st century world "urban"? In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the "urban age," which confront this question with reference to the purported fact that more than 50% of the world's population resides within cities. Against such demographic, city-centric understandings, Brenner excavates Henri...

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Mehran Ghandehari awarded the 2017-2018 ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region Scholarship

Feb. 9, 2018

Doctoral student Mehran Ghandehari won the 2017-2018 ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region Scholarship. This award is granted by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing to support doctoral research on “Cross-Scale Analysis of Surface-Adjusted Measurements in Spatial Analysis”. His research incorporates terrain, slope, and curvature into GIS modeling computations, monitoring...

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Earth’s skin is an interdisciplinary laboratory

Jan. 20, 2018

Suzanne Anderson was quoted in Physics Today for a recent article titled, "Earth’s skin is an interdisciplinary laboratory" about critical zone research. Here are a few excerpts: In probing the life-supporting critical zone, researchers hope to protect it for future generations. Where does water go when it rains? How does...

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In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Ken Erickson

Jan. 11, 2018

Professor Emeritus Ken Erickson , 83, passed away at his home in Lincoln City, Oregon, Dec. 22, 2017 surrounded by his family. By all accounts, Ken was an inspirational professor, with a calm character, teaching and inspiring 100’s of students in Cartography, GIS, and all fields of Geography. The KESDA...

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