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Example of Student CARTO Map
Students in Professor Sarah Elwood's Geography 258 course last quarter spent much of their time working toward creating a final portfolio of digital maps created throughout the quarter. Focusing on the use and societal impacts of contemporary digital spatial technologies, the course allowed Professor Elwood to provide the students with the creative opportunity to explore the components that go into creating and sharing digital maps.  One such example of this was a project that required students... Read more
Ed Taylor
UW’s Race and Equity Initiative: Where Are We Now? Dr. Ed Taylor  Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Abstract: This presentation outlines the objectives and rationale of the Race and Equity Initiative (REI) by one of its principal architects. How geographers and the department can support the REI and how the REI can be responsive to the Department’s diversity and equity concerns and speak to questions of innovation and activism in undergraduate education will be topics for... Read more
Ghosts of Seattle Past
Geography Alum Anisa Jackson has been published in Ghosts of Seattle Past, an anthology that gathers essays, interviews, photography, and comix in homage of lost Seattle places. Their chapter focuses on the Black Panther Party in the Central District:  “Anisa Jackson’s conversation with Elmer Dixon, founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, provides an incredible historical foundation for the ongoing activism against... Read more
Pierpaolo Mudu
Cultivating the urban land: food autonomy and radical horticulture to expand the community gardens experience   Dr. Pierpaolo Mudu   Affiliate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma     Pierpaolo Mudu is a geographer collaborating with the Urban Studies and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences faculties at the University of Washington Tacoma.   Abstract: Several urban agricultural projects have recently been increasing in the cities of the Global North. Some of these projects test options... Read more
Assistant Professors Christine Biermann and Megan Ybarra, UW Geography’s two most recent faculty hires, were awarded Royalty Research Fund (RRF) grants from UW’s Office of Research. The purpose of the RRF grants is to support faculty in developing new research projects that will generate “important new creative activities and scholarly understandings.”   Professor Megan Ybarra’s research will investigate recent developments on the US-Mexico border by building on political geography literature... Read more
Beyond the Incarceration State Panelists
On Friday, March 7, 2014, approximately 1200 immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, began refusing meals. The hunger strike continued for 56 days, with strikers demanding improved detention conditions and an end to deportations.   On the third anniversary of the hunger strike, activists reflected on their achievements and looked to common abolition struggles in Washington state to end policies that put people behind bars... Read more
Andre Ortega
Andre Ortega, 2012 Ph.D. graduate advised by Professor Withers, was awarded the 2017 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award from the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC). Ortega was given the award for his 2016 book Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession. The PSSC selected Dr. Ortega’s book because of its “... Read more
Professor Young
Stephen Young, 2010 Ph.D. recipient and advisee of Matt Sparke, was granted the 2017 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Young, an assistant professor of Geography and International Studies since 2011, teaches courses for the international learning community (ILC), a residential program that works with international students to develop their language skills and enhance global awareness. Visit... Read more
Kuang Sheng
Kuang Sheng was named as one of 2017’s Husky 100, a group of one hundred UW students from all three campuses. Students are nominated by faculty and staff for the honor, based on the stated criterion of ‘making the most of their time at the UW.’  Throughout his four years here, Kuang truly has made the most of his educational experience. His activities and accomplishments include: volunteerism at a local food pantry, a study abroad in... Read more
From left to right:  Jonathan Engelbert, Kory VanDyke, Travis Axe, Skye Naslund, Rebecca Stubbs, Olivia Hollenhorst
The University of Washington START Center was recently contracted by Radiant (formerly the Open Imagery Network), a new geospatial platform that is funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Five Geography students, three graduates and two undergraduates, supported the meeting as rapporteurs and captured the detailed discussion during four separate breakout sessions over the course of  two days. Participating geographers were... Read more