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Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment News

Graduate student Mark Nissenbaum was awarded a NASA / NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2015, which he will spend at ECU working with Dr. Ferreira using a mesoscale forecast model of the atmosphere to downscale CMIP-5 future climate simulations. Congratulations Mark!

April is severe weather season in the Coastal Plain! ECU Geography graduate students Nick Luchetti and Mark Nissenbaum captured this video of a rotating supercell thunderstorm near Waverly, Virginia on April 10, 2015.

Congratulations to undergraduate applied atmospheric science major, Joel McAuliffe, who has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology REU internship program for Summer 2015.

Congratulations to masters graduate, Mayra Roman-Rivera, now a PhD student at the University of South Carolina, who has received a prestigious summer 2015 internship sponsored by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Internship and scholarship opportunities for our undergraduates! Deadlines coming up in Feb. and March 2015.

-Recent geography graduate of ECU, Ryan Dugger, was selected as the #GeoGeek of the week by Esri via Instagram. See the full post here.

-Dr. Rosana Ferreira has been selected as a recipient of the 2014-2015 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award! Read about her grant to create a virtual weather forecasting teaching laboratory.

-Congratulations to MA Student, Jessy Van Horn, who received the award for the Best Graduate Poster at the Annual Meeting of the SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in November. Her poster title is “Declining Stream Flows Due to Center-pivot Irrigation, Santa Fe River, Florida”

-Nick Golden has been selected to receive a North Carolina Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship of $1000 for Spring 2015. Nick is an undergraduate student in the Applied Atmospheric Science degree program. Congratulations Nick!

-Dr. Viva Reynolds will be serving on interdisciplinary panel addressing “Ebola: African Dilemma or Global Health Crisis” at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in Rivers 102 on the ECU campus. For more information and a list of other panel members click here.

-ECU attended and won the North Carolina Geography Bowl of 2014. Congratulations and thanks to Scott Wade for his wonderful and successful coaching!

-ECU faculty and students participated in the first annual Art + Community event. The Art + Community project was originally envisioned by Drs. Misun Hur and Traci Birch back in 2012. Please see the full release here.

-Good news for employment in the field of Geography! Please see this interesting article analyzing employment in the geography field - See it here.

-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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