November 23, 2015
David Banis has managed the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research in the Geography Department at Portland State University since 2006, working with a wide variety of partners at the federal, state, and local levels. His work explores the diverse ways that cartographers can tell stories with maps, focusing on the mapping of nontraditional subjects.
Hunter Shobe is a cultural geographer and assistant professor at Portland State University. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon and has over fifteen years of experience researching the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of how people connect to places and environments.
The two PSU professors have also been featured on the Oregon Live. Read the original column on OregonLive. Also, stop by to hear David Banis and Hunter Shobe talk about their book "Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas of Portland" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Powell's City of Books.
November 2, 2015 --
Oct 14, 2015 -- This past summer Dr. David Hall, who teaches in the Systems Science Program and Psychology Department, led a group of 12 students on a study abroad course to Peru. As implied by its name, Living Systems Immersion; Sustainability and PDC in the Peruvian Andes, the course focused on sustainability education largely following the Permaculture Design Certification curriculum. The course added emphasis on social technologies for living in community along with learning about local Quechua culture. David and his students also worked with the local elementary school to solicit the children’s dreams for their school’s relationship with the natural environment. That led to a project in which the children and PSU students planted of native trees on the school grounds, and PSU students designed and constructed a compost system to help reduce waste and build the soil of the school’s vegetable garden. With a little time in Lima and the mountain town of Huaraz, home base for the majority of course time is at an off-grid hostel at 12,000 feet on the edge of Huascaran National Park.
David will be leading the course again next summer (see details here) and invites students to inquire with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). The course gives students an option to enroll for 6 SySc credits or 4 SySc credits and 2 PSY credits, with the PSY credits entitled, Ecocultural Psychology. He will be set up at PSU’s Fall Education Abroad Fair Monday October 19th from 11am to 2pm in the Smith Ballroom. Todos son bienvenidos!
Oct 7, 2015 -- Congratulations to graduate student Samantha Hamlin for receiving the Chen Endowed Fellowship in Science and Mathematics Entrepreneurship. The Chen Endowed Fellowship was created to recognize high-achieving graduate students who want to pursue careers that combine science and business
Oct 1, 2015 -- Exciting news in the world of academic publishing for ESM associate professor Elise Granek, along with graduate students Amy Truitt, Matthew Duveneck, Kaitlin Goldsmith, Meredith Jordan, and Kimberly Yazzie. During Winter 2013, graduate students in ESM's Journal Club course explored the topic of novel ecosystems. The group identified a majorgap in the literature around management of novel ecosystems. Together the students and the faculty instructor examined the literature and wrote a paper to address this data gap. The paper, titled "What's novel about novel ecosystems: managing change in an ever-changing world" was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Environmental Management in March 2015.
Sept 21, 2015 -- Dr. Robert Scheller began his 9 month sabbatical at Harvard University to study climate change adaptation for forested landscapes. He's researching to find out what role forest management plays in shaping the trajectories of forests under climate change, as well as when and where should these strategies be deployed and how can uncertainty be embraced and incorporated into forward-looking management plans. To follow Dr. Scheller's continued research, you can follow along here.
Aug 7, 2015 -- TriMet's new Tilikum Crossing bridge is having a preview this weekend .
Tilikum crossing's rainbow colored LED lights night time show can be attributed to the partnership between the USGS and School of the Environment (SOE). The equipment that reads the data from the Willamette River is owned by the SOE and the data is prominently displayed in SRTC building on the first floor on 1717 10th avenue. Come by some time and check it out! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Aug 3, 2015 -- Dr. Jennifer Morse, assistant professor in the department of environmental science and management, received the Ecological Society of America's 2015 George Mercer Award for her contributions to the paper, "Drought-induced saltwater incursion leads to increased wetland nitrogen export," published in Global Change Biology in 2013.
July 20, 2015 -- Professor Dr. Robert Scheller, a theoretical and applied forest ecologist and the Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab, hosted the 2015 World Congress of the International Associate of Landscape Technology. Details can be found here.
July 17, 2015 -- Geography department announces the addition of a *BRAND NEW* minor in Water Resources added to their program in the 2015-2016 Bulletin. Details can be found here.
June 14 - 18, 2015 -- PSU’s School of the Environment faculty and doctoral students head to collaborate and create future projects in flood risk management in the City of Ningbo in China. Please click the image on the left for more information.
June 11,2015 -- Sarah Kidd received the President's Award for Academic Achievement and Tim Elder received the Dean's Award for university service during the 2015 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony.