Lynn Staeheli

Obituary: Lynn Staeheli, former faculty member

Jan. 4, 2021

Our former colleague, Lynn Staeheli, passed away December 20th 2020 at her home in Tucson, AZ. Lynn joined the department as an assistant professor in 1989 after completing her PhD at the University of Washington. Subsequently she was promoted to Associate and Full Professor. She taught courses in urban, political...

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Scientists aim to fuse Earth data to help classify, map sea ice

Dec. 17, 2020

Earth-orbiting satellites and other instruments collect huge amounts of data, each providing a different lens through which scientists can map the environment. Some instruments measure reflections of visible light or radar waves, while others measure elevation. These diverse observations need to be harmonized and combined for studying the Earth’s surface...

Babs Buttenfield

Babs Buttenfield Awarded AAG Distinguished Teaching Honors

Dec. 15, 2020

PRESS RELEASE Embargoed for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C….The American Association of Geographers (AAG) announced the recipients of its 2021 AAG Honors, the highest honors bestowed on its members. Distinguished Teaching Honors Barbara “Babs” Buttenfield , University of Colorado-Boulder, for her career-long devotion to GIScience education. Buttenfield, who established...

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Geography Fall 2020 Graduation

Dec. 14, 2020

2020 Graduates, congratulations on your success and your accomplishments. Please see a commencement video of department chair Emily Yeh and associate chairs Holly Barnard and Stefan Leyk.

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Introducing Rachel Isaacs

My love of travel and the environment led me to seek out opportunities to learn new skills and leverage these to travel around the world. This desire transitioned into a degree in Geography. In fact, I am one of the rare few who has received degrees in Geography throughout my...

arctic sea ice

NSF award will support Karimzadeh and team in fusing heterogeneous large earth data for sea ice mapping

Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh , assistant professor of Geography at CU Boulder and his collaborators at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and CU Denver’s Department of Computer Science were recently awarded a three-year $1.2M grant by the National Science Foundation 1 to support their project ‘ Harmonized Earth’...

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Arctic Specialization

Interested in learning about the rapidly changing Arctic and its implications on ecosystems, climate, and the global economy? Polar scientist and CU Distinguished Professor Mark Serreze has just released a three-course specialization on Coursera that will walk you through all of this and more. As described by Serreze, “No matter...

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Building classroom-community connections in the time of COVID-19

Teaching, and learning remotely during the pandemic is not easy—from dropped zoom calls and spotty internet, to feeling disconnected from classmates and course material. But this fall, one class managed to combat feelings of isolation and social distance through a community-based project on hunger. Funded by a Community Impact Grant...

Babs Buttenfield

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

I’ve been asked to reflect on my efforts to build a GIS curriculum here at CU-Boulder. When I arrived on campus in January 1996, there wasn’t an actual curriculum in place, just a single GIS class offered intermittently by part-time lecturers. One was Loey Knapp, a full-time employee at the...

Guofeng Cao

Guofeng Cao awarded NSF grant

Dec. 10, 2020

Professor Guofeng Cao Dr. Guofeng Cao received a $265,058 funding support from National Science Foundation for the project proposal " Deep Learning in Geospatial Uncertainty Modeling ''. With this support, Guofeng will develop new deep learning-based spatial statistical framework to address long-standing problems in geospatial analysis, including complex geospatial patterns,...