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Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment News


-Graduate student Alex Moulton won the best oral presentation by a graduate student (social science category) at the 2014 Research Creative Achievement Week. See the list of winners here. Congratulations Alex!


-Dr. Holly Hapke has been awarded a BB&T Leadership Enhancement Grant for her project entitled "Fostering Civic Engagement Leadership in the Liberal Arts and Sciences".


-Three undergraduate students (Mason Harris, Joel McAuliffe, and James Mulvihill) as well as four graduate students (Lee Armstrong, Holly, Lussenden, Mark Nissenbaum, and Chris Zarzar) attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta early in February. Three of the graduate students (Holly, Mark, and Chris) presented posters.


-Dr. Tracy Van Holt is spending the spring 2014 semester in Stockholm, Sweden as an Early Career Researchers at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Anuradha Mukherji was awarded the Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for 2014-16 which will allow her to continue her work in Japan on land-use change adaptation following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.


-Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferreira has been awarded a summer Teaching grant from the ECU Faculty Senate for Development of the ECU Virtual Weather Forecasting Teaching Laboratory (ECU-VWFTLab).

-Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferreira has also recently been named Editor for the Journal of Climate.

-Dr. Misun Hur was featured in The Daily Reflector regarding a presentation she gave at the East Carolina Heart Institute on September 24th. You can read part of the article here.


-The Department of Geography is now officially the "Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment"


-Congratulations class of 2013! You can view graduation photos here.


-Follow the blog of student's adventures in Costa Rica in our summer 2013 field course Tropical Environment, Society, and Sustainability, taught by Dr. Hapke and Dr. Allen.


-Dr. Wasklewicz was awarded the 2013 Gladys Cole Memorial Research Award from the Geological Society of America to fund his project entitled "Quantitative Debris Flow Risk Assessment, Phoenix, Arizona".


-Dr. Popke was the recipient of a UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.


-Dr. Wasklewicz received a 2012-13 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award.


-Congratulations to sophomore applied atmospheric science major Thomas Vaughan, who received the prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hollings Undergraduate Scholarshipfor 2013! The NOAA Hollings Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship and internship program which is awarded each year to only about 100 students nationally. Read all about Thomas' achievement at ECU News Services.


-This spring our newest member of the department is David Morgan, who is serving as our Technology Support Technician.


-Mr. Sol Wuensch received the G. Herb Stout Award for "Visionary Use of GIS by a Local Government." Congratulations!


-Dr. Montz receives research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to understand the social and behavioral influences on weather-driven decisions, leading to improved forecast products from the National Weather Service. 


-Dr. Mitchelson, former department chair named interim vice chancellor for research and graduate studies.


-Dr. Wubneh awarded Fulbright for researching new urban development policies in Addis Ababa, Fall 2012.
 

-Dr. Crawford awarded Fulbright for Cross-national Analysis of the Impacts of Urban Form on Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Spring 2013.
 
-Dr. Mukherji Awarded Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) short term fellowship for 2012-13
 
-Drs. Jeff Popke and Scott Curtis along with Dr. Doug Gamble from UNCW were awarded a 3-year $250,000 NSF research grant to study the Jamaican agricultural sector's response to regional climate change.
 

-The Best Viz Challenge Yet! Half of the entrants to 2012’s Viz-Wall Challenge were from Geography and four of them were winners.
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