Call for Participants: Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment

NOAA recently posted a Federal Register Notice announcing the formation of the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Nominations for the committee will be accepted through Monday, September 14. More information about the Committee and about how to submit nominations is available below and at  The Committee will provide advice on sustained assessment activities…
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USGS, National Geodetic Survey, and University of Alaska-Fairbanks Partner in New Survey to Determine Mount McKinley Elevation

The team of four climbers has returned from the highest point in North America with new GPS survey data to determine a more precise height of the mountain’s summit. The USGS, along with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), are the primary partners supporting the survey. The survey party…
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Science Threatened as Illinois Museum Goes Under the Budget Microscope

In August the venerable Illinois State Museum in Springfield may be forced to close due to severe state budget shortfalls. Supporters rallied outside the Illinois State Capitol on July 21 to protest the proposed shuttering of the museum, along with the other facilities it operates around the state. Read the background:  Read the update:   
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Catherine Dempsey Interns at AAG For Summer Semester

Catherine Dempsey is a rising sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While she has yet to declare a major, she is interested in Geographic Information Systems as well as Global Health. After graduation, Catherine is interested in working in the public health field using GIS to analyze present issues. During the school year,…
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Emma Martin Interns at AAG for Summer Semester

Emma Martin is a senior at James Madison University earning a in Geographic Science with a concentration in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development and a minor in Spanish. As an honors program student she is currently working on a senior thesis in the field of geography. She is also a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon…
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Library of Congress hosts Board on Geographic Names “Traditions and Transitions” Anniversary Symposium

The Board on Geographic Names (BGN) will be observing its 125th anniversary by inviting the public to a one-day symposium on geographic names, “Traditions and Transitions”. The event, at the Library of Congress, will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 in the Mumford Room, from 9:00 to 5:00 , followed by an Open House…
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AAG Seeks Interns for Fall, Spring Semesters

Internships at AAG The AAG seeks interns on a year-round basis for the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns participate in most AAG programs and projects such as education, outreach, research, website, publications, or the Annual Meeting. The AAG also arranges for interns to accompany different AAG staff on visits to related organizations or events…
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AAG Seeks Observers to Attend UN Climate Change Conference

The Association of American Geographers has been granted Observer Organization status to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  With this formal designation, the AAG is permitted to submit to the UNFCCC Secretariat its nominations for representatives to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference that will take place from  November 30 – December 11, 2015 on the outskirts of Paris…
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Op-Ed: A Graduate Student Perspective on Geography

Editor’s Note: This essay was written for a graduate course on “Contemporary Geographic Thought,” which is co-taught by Professors Bruce Rhoads and David Wilson at the University of Illinois. Students were asked to respond to four open-ended questions: 1) How has the course shaped your perception and understanding of geography, 2) Do you see geography…
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