December 11, 2009

Conference: Representing Reality: Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The University at Buffalo's IGERT in
Geographic Information Science Presents a Conference in...

Representing Reality:

Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The use of imagery in representing reality has become pervasive throughout our world. With the advent of publicly-available geographic services such as Google Maps, advanced medical technologies for rendering genes and cells, and a multitude of satellites amassing data from remote locations, spaces and objects that were once abstractions can now be perceived in new and tangible ways.

The GIScience IGERT at the University at Buffalo will be hosting a conference May 12-15, 2010, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, that will address the theory and application of imagery across academic disciplines. In particular, this conference aims to attract Ph.D. students and faculty from IGERT programs, as well as researchers from a wide range of subjects, who incorporate innovative image resources into their research or address the conceptualization of reality as a digital format. The agenda will include featured speakers, research presentations, poster sessions and specialized breakout discussions.

Additionally, target objectives for the conference include forums and discussions for future IGERT collaborations in this genre, advantages and disadvantage s of an interdisciplinary approach to image analysis, and question and answer sessions featuring IGERT alumni, on the special challenges facing interdisciplinary students in the academic workforce.

We will be accepting abstracts on the following topics:

- Integration of Imagery with Geographic Information Systems
- Imagery of Natural and Urban Environments
- Issues in the Digitization of Reality
- Imagery Cognition
- Digital Imagery Processing
- Imagery and Spatial Ontology
- Sensor Technology and Data Collection
- Misinterpretation of Imagery
- Public Participation in Imagery Analysis

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2009
Funding support of up to $1,000 will be provided for 30 enrolled IGERT students to cover travel and conference expenses including registration, meals and lodging, local transportation and airfare to Buffalo, NY. Priority will be based on participation in an IGERT program with an imagery focus, a dissertation topic related to the field, and recommendation from the student's IGERT P.I. Funding applications and required supporting documentation must be submitted no later than January 31, 2010. Applicants must submit an abstract for a presentation or poster and also prepare a poster highlighting the achievements of their particular IGERT program to share at the conference. The fundin g application can be accessed through the link below.

For more information, please email

2010 CTS Transportation Career Expo, 3/2/10

On behalf of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, we ask for your help in bringing the Annual Transportation Career Expo to the attention of your students. The expo will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at Coffman Union. The event is free and open to students who would like to hear more about transportation related careers, learn how to prepare for securing their first job, and connect with potential employers.

The programs will be scheduled as follows:

4:15 Registration (Coffman Union, Mississippi Rm)
4:30 General Session with a Transportation Industry Panel (Presidents Rm)
6:00 Exhibitor Reception
7:15 Adjorn

We hope you will encourage your students to attend and also include the Career Expo in your syllabus next semester. More information about this event can be found online at Student flyers will be mailed to faculty and posted around campus at the start of spring semester. Feel free to contact me directly at 612-625-5608 or with questions.

September 22, 2009

West Lakes AAG Conference and Student Paper Competition

I also would like to promote submissions to our student paper presentation competitions! We have three categories for entry: PhD, MA/MS, and Undergraduate. Each category offers generous prizes for both a first and second place (e.g. $250 and $125 for the PhD category). Entries will be based on their conference presentation; no written submission is required. The winners will be announced at the reception on Friday evening.

Further details about the judging process and criteria can be found on the conference website at:

West Lakes Conference homepage:

September 17, 2009

Dr. Mark Monmonier, Friday, November 20th Presentation "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control

This year's John Borchert Lecture speaker will be Dr. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. His presentation, "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control" will be on Friday, November 20^th at 1:30 pm in Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Institute on the West Bank campus. A reception will follow from 2:30-3:30 pm. For more information on Dr. Monmonier and his publications, please visit

Please spread the word about this event to your colleagues and friends.

April 29, 2009

Mn GIS/LIS Poster Deadline

FYI--Abstract submissions for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium 19th Annual Conference are due on May 15th for those of you interested in presenting papers or posters.