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March 7, 2013
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  • Climate change could produce new shipping routes across Arctic
    Laurence C. Smith, a geographer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate student Scott Stephenson have studied routes through the Arctic Ocean that will become accessible as climate change continues. As conditions change, light icebreaking vessels may be able to travel through the Northwest Passage or over the North Pole, they found. Even if more is done to reduce emissions, "[t]he ice will thin sufficiently," Smith said. NBC News/Science blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Uninsured women are more likely to get late breast cancer diagnoses
    Women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage of the disease's progression if they are uninsured or live in poor neighborhoods, research shows. The research team compared census data with information on 161,619 patients from cancer registries in several states. "In all these states, we looked at every woman ever diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer [age 40 and older] between 2004 and 2006," said Kevin Henry, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • A closer look at commuting
    An interactive map based on a new study allows users to see how average commuting times vary across the country. It takes the average U.S. worker more than 25 minutes to commute one way, and 8% of workers spend an hour or more getting to their jobs. Almost 600,000 people are classified as "mega-commuters," which means they travel at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to work. National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (3/5), The Atlantic Cities (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conservationists attempt to resuscitate coral reefs
    Live coral coverage on Caribbean reefs has dropped significantly since the 1970s, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. "The Caribbean, as a whole region, seems to be in a very poor state," said Chris Perry, a geography professor at the University of Exeter who has studied the area. Some conservationists are attempting to revive the reefs by "seeding" them with fast-growing coral specimens, but others are skeptical about the effectiveness of the practice. The Miami Herald (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Early registration discount for AAG Annual Meeting ends March 15
    Register by March 15 to attend the AAG Annual Meeting and receive a discount on your registration fee. All members and nonmembers, including students and spouses, who register by the deadline are eligible for a reduced rate. Go to to register today and beat the last-minute rush. Call 202-234-1450 for help with your registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration is open for geography faculty, leadership workshops
    Registration is open for the AAG Department Leadership Workshop and the Geography Faculty Development Alliance Workshop, two summer workshops focusing on professional development. Both workshops are scheduled for June in Boulder, Colo. The Department Leadership Workshop is recommended for individuals assuming leadership positions, while the GFDA workshop is designed for early career faculty and graduate students.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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