The Council of the Geological Society of America named EES professor, Dr. Nazrul Khandaker, as one of the GSA’s Distinguished Service Award recipients for 2018. GSA’s Distinguished Service Award was established by the GSA Council to acknowledge exceptional service to the Society. The award will be presented at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony, on Sunday, 4 November, during the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Professor Khandaker has been with the GSA since 1986 and served in various capacities including chair of the Minorities and Women in the Geosciences Committee, International Interdisciplinary Interest Group, member-at-large: GSA Education Division, and coordinator: First-Joint International Meeting between the Geological Society of America and China, held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in 2013.
Summer School for students and faculty, researchers in Moscow, Late May 2018.
3-MUGIS summer school is an annual event, which addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences of urbanization and sustainable urban development. The summer school aims to provide a solid background and practical skills training in addressing impacts of urbanization through the monitoring and assessment of urban soils, design and maintenance of urban green infrastructure, and projects of sustainable urban development.
The summer school will be hosted in Moscow and will include 7 days of lectures, seminars, lab and field practical, art and design master classes as well as a rich social program. The practice will involve field survey and in situ measurement, working in research laboratories and landscape architecture studios. Experts with different background, including but not limited to, environmental conservation, soil science, climate change, civil engineering and policy-making, will be invited to give lectures or seminars.
Top-level researchers, landscape designers, policy makers and urban managers will share their experience in utilizing knowledge on urban soils to develop sustainable urban ecosystem. Participants will work in teams to propose solutions for specific problems, relevant for sustainable management of urban soils and green infrastructure. The teams will come together to solve the overarching problem with the final presentation of the obtained results at the mini-conference and closing ceremony.
The expected impact of the 3MUGIS summer school is very high. Target groups of the event include students, young researcher, scholars, urban planners and stakeholders.
Between this year’s summer school and field trip is the “Smart and Sustainable Cities conference” (ssc-conf.org). Summer school will occur on May 20-26 (Field partMay 26-30), conference dates are May 23 to May 26.
Please check the websites for more info and registration. If you need additional info or have any questions, please contact Anna Paltseva, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Spring Critical PAR Institute
Geospatial Technology (Spatial analysis and Modelling) are important tools for any study that has a strong spatial component. Bronx Community College in collaboration with the BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) www.bcc.cuny.edu/geospatial/ is offering two PATHWAYS courses in geospatial technology. Any CUNY student may enroll in them through the e-permit facility. The credits they earn after successfully completing the course requirements will seamlessly transfer to any other CUNY college!
The course names are:
- Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS 11)
- Introduction to Remote Sensing (GIS 12)
ESS faculty member Brian Rosa of Queens College is a 2017 recipient of the Henry Wasser Award for CUNY Assistant Professors from the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences. Congratulations Professor Rosa!
As an interdisciplinary urban researcher, Rosa draws on his training as a city planner (MRP Cornell, 2009) and human geographer (PhD Manchester, 2014). Through an examination of the changing built environments of cities, Rosa explores the interwoven social, cultural, political, and economic contexts of urban (re)development, particularly in the context of post-industrial urban spaces and sites of contested urban heritage.
His current research deals with the relationship between urban infrastructures, urban political economy, and the way “left-over” spaces of the city are re-appropriated. He is currently working on a book entitled The City Below: Infrastructural Landscapes and the Post-Industrial Imaginary in London and Manchester, which explores the implications that transport infrastructures have on the production and perception of the urban built environment, explored through a case study of railway viaducts in Manchester and London, England.
The Henry Wasser Award:
The CUNY Academy’s Henry Wasser Award is presented each year to assistant professors or newly appointed associate professors in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including the social and life sciences. Any faculty member who is an assistant professor at any unit of CUNY and whose field of expertise covers an area of the humanities or sciences is eligible to be considered for one of these awards. Recipients who present their work at the ceremony receive an honorarium and a plaque.
EES Student Yi Tang and Professor Gillian Stewart published a paper in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers entitled The influence of particle concentration and composition on the fractionation of 210Po and 210Pb along the North Atlantic GEOTRACES transect GA03.
Congratulations Yi! Article highlights include:
- Provide links between particle features and 210Po and 210Pb activities in N. Atl.
- Particle characteristics, relationships with isotopes varied geographically.
- Particle characteristics, relationships with isotopes varied with particle size.
- Particle composition, especially litho and opal, could predict sorption of 210Pb.
- Sorption of 210Po is more complicated, but consistently related to POC content.
ESS Student Meagan Miller has been selected as a Society of Woman Geographers New York Fellowship awardee for 2017-2018. Mae will receive support for research on the role of colonial seamen in anti-racist and anti-colonial activism in the early twentieth century.
SWG has awarded over a hundred fellowships to women studying for advanced degrees in geography or its allied fields, as part of carrying out the vision of our founders to “further geographical work, to spread geographical knowledge, and to encourage geographical research.”
Monica Varsanyi, a Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research project, “The Contentious Evolution of Hispanic Identity During the Chicano Movement in New Mexico, 1962-1974,” which she worked on this past summer.
The project is inspired by research Professor Varsanyi first conducted for Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines, which she co-authored with Doris Marie Provine (along with Paul Lewis and Scott Decker), who is also part of the NEH project. During her earlier research, Varsanyi became fascinated with the dynamic between New Mexico and Arizona, two neighboring states with much in common but vastly different stances on immigration policy. Arizona, for example, does not allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition while New Mexico does. Similarly, Arizona doesn’t allow undocumented people to hold a driver’s license, while New Mexico was one of the first states to extend this privilege to that community. Arizona has among the strictest, most conservative immigration policies in the nation while New Mexico’s policies are among the most liberal.
One common explanation for these differences is that New Mexico, as a state of immigrants, is more immigrant-friendly. But Varsanyi said this is far too simplistic of an explanation. Her new project focuses on tracing the complex history of the Chicano people, a history she hypothesizes has had a big effect on the state’s attitudes towards immigration. “My contention is to understand how identity evolved in the Chicano period to start embracing ‘Mexican-ness’ and Mexican roots. I think this has something to do with how New Mexico has become a more immigrant-friendly state,” Varsanyi said.
Rather than simply being a “state of immigrants,” there is a distinction among New Mexicans between those who are descended from Mexico, and Hispanos who are descended from Spanish settlers. Traditionally, Hispanos have rejected any connection to Mexico, tracing their ancestry back hundreds of years to some of the earliest European settlers in North America. This framing of identity by some New Mexicans as non-Mexican helped propel the rise of the Chicano movement in the 1960s, as people of Mexican descent expressed cultural pride and shared knowledge about their history and shared cultural identity. Varsanyi contends that this shared cultural pride has contributed to a more liberal and understanding view of Mexicans, and therefore immigration. “From a scholarly perspective, very little is known about the Chicano period in New Mexico,” she said, “so I hope to add some voices and information to that discussion.”
Varsanyi’s NEH research project is largely historical in nature, drawing on archival research and oral history interviews. “A lot of the people I’m interviewing are in their 80s, so I’m happy to be interviewing them to capture their stories before it’s too late” she said, adding that while some historical research has been conducted about Chicano populations in Texas and California, there is a scarcity of research on New Mexican Chicanos. More broadly, Varsanyi said she is thrilled that the highly selective National Endowment for the Humanities funded her work. “I’m just very appreciative of the support. The NEH is under pressure to be eliminated by the current administration, so I think socially relevant research in the humanities is very important, and there should be a mandate for the federal government to fund this kind of work.”
Varsanyi plans to continue her work studying the Chicano movement, which she said contributes to the larger goal of identifying how states create immigration policy and understanding why Arizona and New Mexico, once considered a single territory, now differ so completely in their immigration policies and outlooks.