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The Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences program at the National Science Foundation has announced several staff changes. 

Scott Freundschuh continues as HEGS Program Director. A cognitive geographer, Scott specializes in spatial cognition as it relates to types of spatial knowledge and their structures, geographic scale, spatial concept development and understanding, and spatial skills development. He is a faculty member at the University of New Mexico.  

HEGS also welcomed new Program Directors this year: Jeremy Koster, a human ecologist who studies subsistence adaptations, particularly among Nicaraguan horticulturalists; and Tom Evans, whose research has focused on human-environment interactions with an emphasis on land use and the impacts of climate change on food systems through the application of geospatial analysis, household surveys, decision science, and institutional analysis. Jeremy is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. Tom is on the faculty of the School of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona.  

Kendra McLauchlan continues as a Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology, working closely with HEGS. A physical geographer, she specializes in reconstructing North American paleoenvironments as recorded in lacustrine sediments and dendrochronological records. She holds an adjunct appointment as a faculty member in Geography and Geospatial Sciences at Kansas State University. 

HEGS Program Director Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen departed NSF in July to embark on a new, exciting opportunity as Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Congratulations Sharmistha! 

Revision to HEGS Solicitation Synopsis 

HEGS/NSF has revised the program’s synopsis to better articulate its objectives. The new synopsis clarifies that HEGS (previously GSS and before that GRS) has consistently considered proposals that creatively integrate scientific and critical approaches and proposals to engage rigorous quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. The revised synopsis provides additional guidance about proposals articulating theory-testing and/or theory expanding contributions to geographical science. The revised HEGS solicitation is here and the revised HEGS DDRI solicitation is hereYou can find the HEGS FAQ here 

If you have questions about the fit of your research for HEGS, contact a HEGS program officer via email at hegs-info [at] nsf [dot] gov. Queries can include  a document of up to two pages in Word format that (1) outlines the research question(s) or hypothes(ses) that clearly demonstrates an engagement with a human dimension(s), (2) articulates the intellectual merit and the body of theory from which the research draws and to which the work contributes, (3) articulates anticipated broader impacts of the project and illustrates how the work is important to people and society, (4) describes the methods that will be used, the data to be collected, and the anticipated data/geographical analysis to be conducted. All HEGS program officers will receive your email at that address. 

You may also meet with Scott Freundschuh during his office hours on Fridays from 11-12 ET to answer questions about HEGS or about NSF in general, using this link: Join Zoom Meeting.