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Forest Coverage Change in Bach Ma National Park
Recent graduates Elisabet Gordon, Claire Perez and Tyler Treat didn't know each other before the start of spring quarter, but in just ten weeks together they produced a series of maps analyzing forest coverage change in Bach Ma National Park in Vietnam. While the site of their research is thousands of miles from Seattle, this distance took on new meaning at a time when UW course instruction, teamwork collaboration, data collection and presentations were all conducted remotely due to COVID-19... Read more
Workers marching on Juneteenth, holding up ILWU banner
International Longshore and Warehouse Union demonstrators march from Seattle's Terminal 46 during the "Juneteenth Shutdown of All Pacific Coast Ports" rally and march on June 19, 2020. Media credit: Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images   Since the arrival of COVID-19, workers in fields from health care to meat processing to grocery sales have been deemed essential. Many other workers have been furloughed or have lost jobs. What are the labor challenges and implications of this moment?... Read more
Geography Major Racquel West
Each year, the College of Arts & Sciences honors four graduating students — one from each of its four divisions — as Dean’s Medalists, based on academic performance and faculty recommendations. See why this year’s four recipients, who together represent eight Arts & Sciences majors, are being celebrated as “truly remarkable.” Racquel West Dean’s Medalist in the Social Sciences Majors: GeographyHistory It was during a UW... Read more
Steve Herbert, professor of law, societies, and justice and of geography, is referenced in this article discussing common myths about policing. Featured on The Washington Post 
The Department of Geography’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the University of Washington shares the immense pain, grief, and anger over the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Tony McDade. In the Seattle region, we say the names of Charleena Lyles, Shaun Fuhr, Che Taylor, Bennie Branch, Said Joquin, Manuel Ellis, and Eugene Nelson. These killings are but a few of the long list of Black lives brutally... Read more
Last week, the Department of Geography celebrated nearly 150 B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. recipients at our annual Convocation Ceremony! Due to Washington State's ongoing COVID-19 safety efforts, the event was held virtually with a prerecorded video, slideshow of graduates, and Zoom rooms with faculty and staff. While unprecedented, this online convocation offered space for recognizing the strength and resilience of our geography community. Professor Mark Ellis, Graduate Program Coordinator, and... Read more
Tyson meat processing plant in Wallula
Designated critical infrastructure by President Trump in an executive order and encouraged to reopen or remain in operation, meat processing plants face challenges in keeping workers safe during the pandemic. Two University of Washington faculty members, with backgrounds in public health and human geography, explain the situation inside the plants and what can be done to improve it.... Read more
Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, affiliate professor of geography explains how doctors are striving to further research on the effects of certain psychedelics on mental health. Featured on Geekwire 
Jonathan Mayer, professor emeritus of geography and epidemiology, explains how geography is an important discipline in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Featured on Wired 
You Thought You Were an Environmentalist Podcast.
"How does climate change disproportionately affect the health of women of color?" So asks episode 7 of the new podcast series, You Thought You Were an Environmentalist: An Environmental Justice Podcast. Produced by students in the autumn 2019 writing link with GEOG 272 Geographies of Environmental Justice, the podcast's episodes are the culmination of a full quarter of research, writing, editing and recording by nine groups of undergraduate... Read more