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Maggie Wilson
Maggie Wilson, Geography Ph.D. student, recently received the European Union Center’s Graduate Research Grant. This summer, Wilson will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to begin her dissertation field research about how mental health programs are being integrated into humanitarian emergency response programs. Medical humanitarian organizations traditionally have not offered mental health services as part of emergency response, but recently mental healthcare has started to become integrated with... Read more
maphacks
The Department of Geography will host a geography-themed hackathon event on April 28-29th in Denny Hall, room 303. The event, MapHacks, will bring UW students from all disciplines and departments together to apply their backgrounds in Web mapping and GIS using a wide variety of platforms, including MapBox, Carto, Tableau, QGIS, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS. MapHacks will be held over the course of the weekend. On the first day, participants will form teams based on common interests within the overall... Read more
Racquel West
Undergraduate Racquel West, a sophomore double major in Geography and History, was named as a McNair Scholar in the 2018 cohort. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to support highly qualified underrepresented students whose ultimate academic goal is a Ph.D. Qualifications for this honor include academic excellence and extracurricular involvement. West served as vice chair of Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) and is also a member of the Sustainability Action Network and... Read more
Skye Naslund
Skye Naslund, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography, has been awarded the Richard and Joanne Morrill Graduate Student Fellowship. The Richard and Joanne Morrill Graduate Student Fellowship provides an award of $10,000 to a geography graduate student who is writing up their dissertation. The fellowship will fund Skye’s last quarter of dissertation writing and completion in Spring Quarter. Skye’s dissertation is motivated by the desire to better understand the production and circulation of... Read more
Yurika
Geography undergraduate Yurika Harada was recently awarded the Fall Mary Gates Research Scholarship, a competitive scholarship intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. Yurika’s research, “Pokémon Go: A Historical and Analytical Consideration of Big Data in GPS Based Applications,” examines how data through gaming produces spatial inequalities. Her project analyzes the spatial... Read more
Mobility Patterns from Digital Trace Data
Lee Fiorio, Geography Ph.D. student and researcher in the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), recently won first place in CSDE’s Demography Student Poster Session and Lightning Talk. The competition’s participants were the current CSDE-affiliated graduate students from sociology, social work, statistics, and geography. Fiorio’s work, “Regularities in Mobility Patterns at Different Time Scales: Evidence from ‘Digital Trace Data’ in the U.S. and Senegal,” develops a method for... Read more
Argentina_Poster
The Department of Geography is excited to announce a study abroad opportunity that is being co-sponsored by the Geography Department though the CHID department. It is a full summer term program to Buenos Aires, Argentina and focuses on the political landscapes of the city. The program is being run by Mónica Farías, PhD alum of the department and Elizabeth Shoffner, a current PhD student in the department. There is financial aid availability and there is no language requirement. The program is... Read more
David Abernathy
"Big data is upon us. With the 'internet of things' now a reality, social scientists must get to grips with the complex network of location-based data in order to ask questions and address problems in an increasingly networked, globalizing world." Professor David Abernathy, 2000 Geography Ph.D. graduate, recently published Using Geodata and Geolocation in the Social Sciences: Mapping Our Connected World. Abernathy is a Professor of Global Studies at Warren Wilson... Read more
Sweeps_Map
Geography undergraduates Kory Van Dyke, Lauren Thompson, and Nick Sun’s research on homeless encampments has been featured in the latest issue of Real Change. As a team in GIS Workshop, the students mapped out complaints concerning encampments in Seattle. They discovered that the city is more likely to get complaints about an encampment when it is within 150 feet from high-traffic areas and complaints more likely happen in particular neighborhoods like South Lake Union and Wallingford... Read more

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