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February 28, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • How Obama garnered so much of the Asian vote
    President Barack Obama captured a large percentage of the Asian vote in 2012, which helped him to win re-election. The Asian community is quite diverse, and its voting decisions are generally based on specific candidates rather than ideological leanings, said Wei Li, an Asian Pacific American Studies professor at Arizona State University. In this interview, Li also discussed the growth of various Asian demographic groups in Arizona. KAET-TV (Phoenix) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Country-by-country approach can control malaria, study suggests
    Research shows that a country-by-country approach to fighting malaria can be remarkably successful at keeping the disease at bay. Urbanization and improved living conditions, among other factors, have helped countries eliminate the disease, according to University of Southampton geography professor Andrew Tatem. "Still, a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds, especially in sub-Saharan Africa," he noted. The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Researchers find evidence of ancient landmass
    Researchers have uncovered evidence for an ancient micro-continent, the remains of which may lie beneath the Indian Ocean. The researchers found extremely old zircons on the island of Mauritius that may have once been part of fragments of continental crust. Volcanic eruptions may have transported the zircons -- one of them at least 1.97 billion years old -- to the surface. Nature (free content) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sequestration and the military: A state-by-state analysis
      
    The White House has released its forecast for how the looming sequestration would affect each state and the District of Columbia. This analysis dives deeper into the military aspect of the sequestration by analyzing which states receive the most overall and the most per capita funding from the Defense Department. The states that enjoy the most funding have the most to lose as military jobs and families power other aspects of their economies. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • How industry helps the government manage "tsunami of data"
    Cybersecurity may be a hot topic, but few understand the role the private sector plays in helping the U.S. government develop best practices around information sharing and safeguarding. Kshemendra Paul, head of the government's Information Sharing Environment, weighs in from the sidelines of Esri's FedGIS conference and details how the geospatial community is helping tackle the "tsunami of data" that must be collected, shared and protected. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Audrey Kobayashi to speak on race in geography discipline
    In her upcoming Past President's Address at the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting, Audrey Kobayashi will focus on race in the discipline of geography, tracing the concept of race through American geography. She will also focus on addresses from AAG past presidents Ellsworth Huntington and Harold Rose. "Both reflect currents of thought and controversy that guided the discipline at specific times, and both are part of the larger social and intellectual context," she writes. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAG names Maya Lin 2013 Honorary Geographer
    The AAG has selected Maya Lin, a world-renowned artist and architectural designer, to receive its 2013 Honorary Geographer Award, which recognizes excellence in the arts, research, teaching and writing on geographic topics by non-geographers. Her work, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., impressively integrates monuments and landscapes in new and dramatic ways and allows for new ways of looking at the world. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
--Francis Bacon,
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