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Arianna Muirow
Geography Ph.D. candidate Arianna Muirow was recently awarded a fellowship through The Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program for the work she is doing as the Communications and Policy Director for Food Action. The program is designed to support the leadership development of young professionals in Seattle working in fields of international affairs, human rights, environment and natural resources management, energy, and public service. The Jackson... Read more
Judie lives with her partner and three dogs in Los Angeles
UW Today has posted the following piece about a paper by Victoria Lawson and Kathryn Gillespie, from the Department of Geography. Read about their work here.
Yolanda Valencia has been awarded the GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-2018 year, which will support her upcoming field research and writing.  While she initially believed that she didn't stand a chance to win the fellowship, Yolanda would not have applied had her advisor, Vicky Lawson, not encouraged her to do so. By then taking a few hours every day for a week to work on her dissertation as well as receiving feedback from her peers and professors, Yolanda was able to build one of the... Read more
Geography Ph.D. student and researcher with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) Lee Fiorio's work was featured in the June 29th edition of UW Today. Fiorio's research investigates demographic trends in metropolitan areas. His findings include an overall population shift away from city centers to suburbs, despite the rejuvenation of central urban areas in recent decades. Fiorio's work reveals that newly created suburbs farther from central cities still tend to be... Read more
Alex Carl's Field Map of MS in WA State
The Geography department’s GEOG 381 class is helping to combine the study of maps, GIS, and other geovisualization technologies with research on the geography of health. Skye Naslund, the instructor of the course, has had her students design health atlases on a topic of their choice while utilizing a variety of mapping technologies. By using programs like ArcMap, GeoJSON, Field Papers, and even traditional hand drawn maps, students are getting an introduction to key geovisualization tools.  For... Read more
Ayanda Masilela
Ayanda Masilela received the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization Fellowship award. The award is intended to support students whose work fosters “creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition and to help prepare teachers from different disciplines who have well-reasoned convictions about the place of Western civilization in the curriculum of an American liberal arts institution.” Ayanda’s describes her research as investigating “the development of health... Read more
Group Members: Edwin Tablit, Gizelle Gando, Zach Washington, Lenstine Park
Professor Sarah Elwood has been leading the GIS workshop course this spring, which is focused on team-based work on GIS application projects. By focusing on various subfields of geography, each team has been able to work with community or university partners. Team members carry a wide range of geographic experience, and this has allowed them to better tackle the challenges that some of these organizations hope to combat via spatial analysis. One such group has partnered with Real Change Schools... Read more
Steve Herbert
A Bigger Canvas: Expanding the Narratives About Life-Sentenced Prisoners Dr. Steve Herbert Professor-Department of Geography,  Director-Law, Societies & Justice, University of Washington Abstract: One in nine American prisoners is serving a life sentence.  This little-noticed aspect of U.S. incarceration policy generates massive and unwanted implications, not least for the life-sentenced themselves, who suffer under the most severe of social castigations.  Yet despite their banishment, many... Read more
Monica Farias
Relational Political Subjects and the Politics of Empathy in Popular Assemblies in Buenos Aires Dr. Monica Farias Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Washington Abstract: In recent years, the literature on so-called geographies of encounter has paid attention to the effects of embodied differences coming together in urban space. This literature works to imagine policies that enhance conviviality in increasingly multicultural cities. At the same time, scholars have debated what... Read more
Honor Students
Please come and support our honor students as they present their research at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday May 19th. Below is a list of their titles and presentation times/locations: Poster Session 1: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Commons West) ... Read more