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September 27, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Why geographic literacy matters
    Many Americans lack a basic understanding of the world's geography, and that can make it harder to grasp what is going on around the globe, according to experts cited in this column by Barbara Brotman. This lack of knowledge is due in part to a de-emphasis of geographic education in schools that began in the 1960s, according to Daniel Edelson of the National Geographic Society. However, Edelson and others suggest basic knowledge and understanding of where places are and why that matters is essential. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Arctic ice melt could affect worldwide climate
    The melting of ice in the Arctic Ocean could have far-reaching implications for global climate, according to John Yackel, who heads the department of geography at the University of Calgary. The loss of ice could eventually lead more moisture from the oceans to enter the atmosphere. "It'll change our weather drastically," he said. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assessing Argentina's claim to the Malvinas/Falkland Islands
    As Argentina's claim to the Malvinas/Falkland Islands illustrates, a number of territorial disputes continue to this day throughout the world. Such disagreements may play a key role in shaping the national identity of a country, notes David Keeling, a geography professor at Western Kentucky University. Meanwhile, Argentina's leadership may be overlooking the implications of asserting ownership of the islands, Keeling writes. "The right to self determination by the islanders must be recognized and protected a priori to any political territorial settlement in the future," he writes. Odessa American (Texas) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.

  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Report: Segregation continues in schools
    Segregation persists in schools, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that many black and Latino youths go to schools where fewer than 1 in 10 of their classmates are white. "Extreme segregation is becoming more common," said Gary Orfield, one of the authors of the report. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping income inequality in the U.S.
    An analysis of Gini coefficients shows that New York has the highest level of income inequality of any of the 50 states; Connecticut, Louisiana and New Mexico are next on the list. One reason for New York's inequality is that urban areas tend to attract both poor and rich populations. In most states, inequality has intensified since the beginning of the recession, the analysis shows. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Researchers create mobile real-time indoor mapping system
    Researchers at MIT have developed a real-time mapping system for firefighters and other emergency responders. The Simultaneous Localization and Mapping -- or SLAM -- prototype is a wearable piece of equipment that uses Microsoft's Kinect tool to analyze data from a Light Detection and Ranging laser to map areas as a user moves through it. "Our work is motivated by rapid response missions by emergency personnel, in which the capability for one or more people to rapidly map a complex indoor environment is essential for public safety," researchers said in a paper on the project. ZDNet (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Abstracts, proposals for AAG Annual Meeting are due next month
    The AAG reminds presenters and organizers that the deadline to submit proposals and abstracts for its 2013 conference is Oct. 24. The AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles will be held April 9 to April 13. Visit the meeting portal at to register and for more information on themes, speakers and calls for papers. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geographies of Wine in Southern California
    Areas such as Napa Valley and Sonoma may be famous for wine, but the true birthplace of California wine is in Southern California, explains William K. Crowley, professor emeritus at Sonoma State University's Department of Geography and Global Studies. In this article, Crowley traces the history of California wine, from its roots in San Diego through its commercial development in Los Angeles to today's new Southern California winescape. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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