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February 7, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • Geographer measures deer population on Martha's Vineyard
    Mount Holyoke College geography professor Thomas Millette recently flew around the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts to take pictures with a thermal imaging camera. He plans to use those images, in combination with instruments that tracked the location of the airplane, to estimate how many deer live on the island and identify densely populated areas. The effort is part of a health initiative focused on tick-borne diseases. Vineyard Gazette (Edgartown, Mass.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping the Columbia disaster
    Students from Stephen F. Austin State University used mapping techniques to aid in recovery efforts after the space shuttle Columbia disaster, which occurred a decade ago. Mapping efforts began almost immediately after the crash, and students worked long hours to aid in the recovery of the debris. "It was one of those coincidences of fate where you had the shuttle break up over an area that had a university that had a concentration well established for over a decade in the geospatial technologies," said geography professor Darrel McDonald. KTRE-TV (Lufkin, Texas) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Middle class, "near poor" both increasing in developing world
    The middle class has been growing in the developing world, but there are also more working "near poor" because of the global financial crisis, according to the U.N. International Labor Organization. While 397 million workers live in extreme poverty -- less than $1.25 a day -- an additional 472 million are "moderately poor," living on $1.25 to $2 a day, according to ILO estimates. The Guardian (London)/Datablog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analyzing folktales to study cultural evolution
    Researchers have applied the techniques of population genetics to the spread of folktales to study how cultures evolve. There are more pronounced differences in the way different groups of Europeans tell folktales than there are in their genes, researchers found. New Scientist (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • China uses satellites to map farmland
    Farmland in Yangwang, China, was mapped using satellite technology as part of a pilot program. The program, which could eventually become a national effort, may help clarify vaguely defined boundaries between plots of land. "If we don't do this now, and the older generation passes away, the next generation won't know which plot is whose," said Pan Shengyu, who ran one of the land-titling efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • With "geomedicine," doctors study how location affects health
    Medical professionals are researching the link between location and health as part of a growing field known as "geomedicine." Spatial epidemiologist Dr. Ethan Berke said having more information about his patients' daily travels could help him to give them more relevant medical advice. "Place should be a vital sign," he said. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AAG posts Annual Meeting preliminary program for review
    A searchable preliminary program with an agenda of sessions, plenary speakers and specialty group meetings has been posted to the AAG Annual Meeting website. The program can be browsed by presenter, keyword, title or specialty group. Attendees and participants may also view sessions by day using the calendar of events. View program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nominate members to AAG Standing Committees by March 1
    The AAG is accepting nominations for members to serve on various committees such as Archives and Association History, Committee on College Geography and Careers, Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, Enhancing Diversity Committee, Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee and many others. A full list of standing committees and their charges is available on the Committees Web page. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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