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March 8, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Choosing the right location for a Chinese factory
    Wages aren't the only consideration in determining where U.S. companies locate factories in China, according to research from three University of Cincinnati geography professors. Surveys reveal that companies are influenced by factors such as infrastructure and communications. The Atlantic Cities (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The beauty of empty spaces
    Tyra Olstad, a doctoral student in geography at Kansas State University, presented her research about how people react to open spaces such as prairies at AAG's recent meeting. Olstad hails from upstate New York and found that she appreciated the Painted Desert of Arizona. "But I also realized that a lot of people didn't like it -- they felt uncomfortable in it, or they thought something needed to be done with it to make it more productive," Olstad said. High Country News (Paonia, Colo.)/The Goat Blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Analysis: Japan faces demographic challenges
    Some experts say Japan is headed for demographic trouble as its population ages and birth rates decline. "[A]s Japanese women create and establish their independence in a traditionally male-dominated society, they choose intentionally to marry later (if at all) and refrain from having children until later in life," said Peter H. Liotta of Salve Regina University. Other countries in the developed world are dealing with similar demographic issues as their populaces get older, he said. International Business Times (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • World Bank data show poverty in retreat
    Global poverty in 2010 was half the level in 1990, indicating the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal of reducing world poverty by half by 2015 had been met in advance of the deadline, according to the World Bank. While improvements in China account for the lion's share of the gains, data from Africa also indicate a substantial turnaround. The Economist (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Federal agencies still working to create National Geospatial Platform
    Federal entities such as the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency continue to work through the kinks to build the National Geospatial Platform. The service will ultimately share geospatial data, but in the meantime, agencies are building their own prototypes. The EPA is building a shared-services infrastructure for its data and will use it to increase access to its location data products. The USDA is working on cloud-based spatial data that will prevent it from duplicating effort. "I hope that over time ... data and services will migrate to a federalwide capability," said Jerry Johnston, the EPA's geospatial information officer. Government Computer News (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • AAG to post conference videos online
    Video of keynote and select highlighted sessions from the 2012 annual meeting of the AAG will be posted on the association's website next week. The first set of sessions to be posted includes the Presidential Plenary, Past President's Address and a lecture from Mary Robinson, recipient of the AAG Atlas Award. Videotaped sessions are available at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/videos. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dates set for 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in L.A.
    Early estimates indicate the AAG set a new attendance record at its annual meeting in New York with registration topping 8,500. The association now looks forward to its next meeting in Los Angeles, Calif., set for April 9 to April 13, 2013. Scholars, professionals and students are invited to present. A Call for Papers will be issued later this spring. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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British-American physicist and mathematician


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