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From the global food crisis to electric bicycles, the Department of Geography’s inaugural research symposium has something for the geographer in everyone.

Titled Mapping Outside the Lines: Geography as a Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research, the symposium begins Friday, February 21, and ends the following afternoon, Saturday, February 22. The symposium is free and open to the public.

William Moseley, professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will present the keynote address, “The Causes and Consequences of the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Security in West Africa.” Moseley’s research interests include political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, and livelihood security, with most of his fieldwork taking place in West and Southern Africa.

The symposium will also include a quiz bowl, where teams of undergraduate students will test their geography knowledge.

The symposium is broken into broad subsections of geography, with each subsection featuring specialized research. Most of the event takes place in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center, with the only exception being the Undergrad Quiz Bowl Competition, which will be held in the Burchfiel Geography Building.

Friday, February 21
Undergraduate Posters on Display All Day
9:00-9:45 a.m., Registration, Opening Remarks
10:00-11:00 a.m., Geographic Information Science I
11:10-12:00 a.m., Physical Geography I
Noon-1:00 p.m., Lunch
1:00-1:50 p.m., Human Geography I
2:00-2:50 p.m., Human Geography II
3:00-3:50 p.m., Physical Geography II
4:00-5:00 p.m., Poster Session Reception
5:00-6:00 p.m., Undergrad Quiz Bowl Competition

Saturday, February 22
8:30-10:00 a.m., Geographic Information Science II, People and Environment Geography
10:10-11:05 a.m., Physical Geography III, Human Geography III
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Keynote Address
12:30-1:00 p.m., Undergraduate Awards and Closing Remarks

Details on posters and research that will be featured at the symposium can be found online.

Event sponsors include Ready for the World; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Graduate School; Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographic Honor Society; the Departments of Geography, Civil Engineering, Sociology, Political Science, History, Microbiology, and Religious Studies; and the School of Information Sciences.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,