What’s New Among PhD Students
Geography News 2012
Oona Morrow has received an NSF-DDRI grant of 11,634 for her Doctoral Dissertation Research: Urban Homesteading: "Changing Social and Economic Relations and the Practice of Self-Provisioning in the City."
Alex Sphar has received an NSF-DDRI grant of $16,000 for his Doctoral Dissertation Research: "National Integration or Regional Competition? Industrial Policy Debates in a Rising Power."
Alex Sphar received a CLAG Field Study Awards for 2012, this monetary award of $2000 will cover traveling expenses for his field work.
Elisabeth (Lisa) Stoddard was awarded the Society for Women Geographer's Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship Program in the amount of $11,727. The fellowship will provide support for her doctoral dissertation research entitled, "Livestock and Global Change Vulnerability: Hog Production in Eastern North Carolina". The Society of Woman Geographers is a non-profit association designed to enable intellectual exchange among women in geography and related fields, to further geographical research, to spread knowledge, and to financially support fellowship programs that provide aid to outstanding women graduate students in geography and related fields (http://www.iswg.org/about-swg.
Adrienne Johnson has been awarded a 2-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral fellowship, beginning in 2012-2013. The SSHRC fellowship will support her proposed dissertation research entitled, "Governing Palm Oil, Governing Knowledges: Examining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Ecuador". Adrienne was also awarded a grant by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) in the amount of $2000 for her summer research in Ecuador entitled, "Green governance or green grab?"
Miles Kenney-Lazar received a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) which provides support for summer pre-dissertation fieldwork as well as for travel and participation in two proposal development workshops.
Mireya Bravo received the AAG-LASG award which comes with $600 stipend for her dissertation field research expenses.
Katherine Foo was awarded a Summer Doctoral Public Policy Fellowship from the Rappaport Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School in the amount of $7,000. The fellowship provides doctoral students with the opportunity to develop projects that are of immediate value to practitioners while also furthering their own research. The fellowship program is a component of The Rappaport Institute, which aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by promoting emerging leaders, stimulating informed discussion, and producing new ideas.
Danielle Fontaine (October 2011 PhD graduate) was given the AAG Transportation Specialty Group 2012 PhD Thesis award which comes with a monetary award of $250
Emily Gallagher (with Dianne Rocheleau as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $11,404 for her Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "On the roles of agricultural and conservation extension in producing landscapes: Visioning alternative scenarios for the Ghanaian cocoa belt". Emily will be in the field (Ghana) from January-November 2012
Rory Horner received the AAG-EGSG award for his work on the role of state policies in the development of domestic pharmaceutical industry in India. Rory will receive a $750 contribution towards research expenses.
Pheakkdey Nguon has been invited to be one of the guest presenters at the Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, May 29-31, 2012 at the University of Arizona. The conference is co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona and by UNEP’s Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. His presentation is on "Sustainable governance and conservation of Cambodian forests through carbon financing projects."
Pheakkdey Nguon received the AAG-CAPE Field Study Award which comes with a $600 stipend towards his research field work travel expenses.
Pheakkdey Nguon contributed an essay to the recently published book by Davis, D. and Mackintosh, B. "Making A Difference: The Impact of Australian International Education." Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, Australian Studies.
Pheakkdey Nguon received an offer to participate in the IIASA’s 2012 Young Scientists Summer Program.
Kangping Si was awarded 2nd Prize SAM student paper presented at AAG in New York City in February 2012
Kangping Si received a $500 Student Travel Award sponsored by US-IALE and University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute to attend the US-IALE conference in Newport, Rhode Island. in April 2012
William Kutz has been invited to give a spring 2012 lecture for the Renaissance Society, a premier contemporary art venue at the University of Chicago. The talk, entitled, "Globalization at the Margins: Current Transformations of Tangier, Morocco’s Socio-Political Fabric" will be given in conjunction with a survey of work by Yto Barrada, a Moroccan photographer based in Tangier and Paris.
The George Perkins Marsh Research Institute has granted four Geller awards to Lisa Stoddard, Seth Schindler, Mireya Bravo and Kelly Kay. More information on these individual awards will be available soon.
William Kutz was awarded $4,200 by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies for proposed research in North Africa, entitled : Spanish-led urban development in Tangier, Morocco: A sustainable practice?" His study will take place Summer 2012.
Emily Gallagher has been awarded an IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study in the amount of $28,050 to support her proposed Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "Rights in land, trees, and cocoa: Sustainable landscape planning in the Ghanaian cocoa belt". Emily will be in the field (Ghana) from January-November 2012.
Prajjwal Panday findings in his research on the timing of snowmelt in the Himalayas was featured in the May issue of Environmental Research. read more
Pheakkdey Nguon was featured in a recent Fulbright Foreign Student Newsletter where he blogged on his experiences as a first year PhD student. read more
Bardan Ghimire's submitted paper to Remote Sensing Letters titled "Contextual land-cover classification: incorporating spatial dependence in land-cover classification models using random forests and the Getis statistic," is the number one downloaded and cited article in the journal.
Melanie Vanderhoof (with Prof. Chris Williams PI) has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Sciences fellowship to support her dissertation research for the coming year(2011-12), renewable for three. Melanie's proposal is titled "Albedo and Evapotranspiration Consequences of Bark Beetle Outbreaks as Detected by Remote Sensing in Coniferous Forests, Rocky Mountains, USA".
Rory Horner (with Yuko Aoyama as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $12,000 for his Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "The State, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Rise of India's Pharmaceutical Industry".
Seth Schindler (with Yuko Aoyama as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $11,985 for his Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "Producing Urban Space and the Transformation of Informal Retailing in Delhi, India".
Ed Harris (with Deb Martin as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $12,000 for his Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "Alternative Agrifood Politics in Massachusetts: Social Movements and Policy Change".
Connie Johnston (with Jody Emel as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $11,975 for her Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "Thinking (about) Animals: How US and EU Science Is Producing Both Meat and Animal Welfare".
Lauren Bonilla received a fellowship for her field research in Mongolia from the American Center for Mongolian Studies/Henry Luce Foundation. The award totals $27,000.
Jill Williams received the Susan Hansen Dissertation Proposal Award for: Border Enforcement and the Gendered Politics of Humanitarianism at the 2011 AAGs in Seattle, WA
Dan Haberly received the EGSG (Economic Geography) 2011 Best Student Paper Award at the AAGs in Seattle, WA
Neeti Neeti and Benoit Parmentier were awarded Clark University Graduate Student Research Colloquium awards (travel grants of $450)
Adrienne Johnson won the 2011 Conference of Latin American (CLAG) Ph.D field award. She has also been awarded a 2011 Geller Student research from the Marsh Institute. Both these awards will assist her in conducting research on the politics of the palm oil sector of Ecuador this summer. Adrienne also received a Graduate Student Affinity Group of the 2011 AAG honourable mention
Jill Williams (with Deborah Martin as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $11,965 for her Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "A Feminist Geographic Analysis of U.S. Border Patrol Humanitarian Initiatives". Jill will be in the field from April-August 2011.
Dan Haberly's forthcoming article in Environment and Planning A, entitled "Strategic Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment and the New Alliance Capitalism: A Network Mapping Investigation", was ranked No.1 in downloads in Social Science Research Network (SSRN), under the category of journal of INTL: Policy Environment (December 13, 2010 to February 11, 2011).
Luke Trusel back from the Antarctic where he visited the Clark Mts. and did research on NASA grant funded by Dr. Karen Frey. See pictures and full article here
Safaa Aldwaik has recently been awarded a job in a newly created position in Ramallah, West Bank, as the "Head of the GIS Solutions Department". The government in Ramallah saw a need for her GIS skills and experience to establish this department for development in the city. She will hire and train employees in GIS.
Diana Ojeda received the Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research (2010), The Society of Woman Geographers.
Luke Trusel will travel to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in December 2010 for a six-week field mission in support of a NASA project for Prof. Karen Frey. Read more
Lily Amelia Ray accepted a 3-year position with Kawerak, a non-profit regional native corporation based out of Nome, Alaska as a social science project investigator. Lily will be the lead investigator and co-PI on a co-funded NSF and Oak Foundation $600,000 grant. The grant is mapping and documentation of traditional knowledge of ice seals and walrus, with the hopes of contributing to sustainable ocean management. Oceana, the Eskimo Walrus Commission and the Ice Seal Committee are partners in this project.
Prajjwal Panday (with Karen Frey PI) has been granted an NASA-NESSF 3-year grant beginning in 2010-11. The NASA-NESSF will support his proposed dissertation research entitled "Cryospheric and Hydrological Processes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region: Implications of Climate Change for Snowmelt Hydrology, Seasonal Snow Cover and Glaciated Regions."
Fall 2010 incoming PhD student Miles Kenney-Lazar has been awarded a 3-year NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) grant beginning in September 2010. The NSF-GRF will support his proposed dissertation research entitled "Social Impacts of Large-scale Agricultural Land Concessions in Laos."
Ed Harris On June 7, 2010 Ed won the 2009 Area Prize for New Research in Geography for his paper "Neoliberal subjectivities or a politics of the possible? Reading for difference in alternative food networks," published in Area 41, 55-63. The paper was described by the Editor as ' a timely and theoretically sophisticated attempt to think beyond and around the label 'neo-liberal' as it is applied to alternative food networks. It asks us to think about how 'new forms' of environmental collective action are appearing, forms which cannot be reduced to the categories or certainties of traditional social or economic theory.'
Daniel Haberly (with Yuko Aoyama as PI) has been awarded an NSF-DDRI grant of $11,478 for his Doctoral Dissertation research, entitled "Sovereign Wealth Funds, Dependent Development, and the New Alliance Capitalism."
Roberta Hawkins has been awarded a 2010 Pruitt Fellowship from the Society of Women Geographers. More info to follow soon.
Lauren Bonilla has been granted a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) beginning in 2010-11 of a $30,000 stipend for 3-years. The NSF fellowship will support her proposed dissertation research entitled "Social and Environmental Impacts of Outbound Chinese FDI: A Case Study of the Policies and Practices of Chinese-Invested Mining in Resource-Rich Mongolia"
Roberta Hawkins has received the Glenda Laws Excellent Paper Award from Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW), the U.S. geography specialty group on gender and geography of the AAGs 2010
Prajjwal Panday has been selected as a NASA Graduate Student Summer Program (GSSP) Fellow. These fellowships are actually quite prestigious and only 10 students are chosen each year from around the country. He will be awarded a stipend for the coming summer to work on his own Himalayan research at NASA Goddard (in Greenbelt, MD) from June-August.
Joseph Pierce has been awarded a 2010, $2,500 Geller Student Research Award from the G.P. Marsh Institute for his proposal entitled "Urban Land Tenure Regimes and Sustainable Practices in Portland, Oregon.
Emily Gallagher has been awarded a 2010 Geller Student Research Award from the G.P. Marsh Institute for her proposal entitled "Reconciling imagined landscapes with farmer practice: Rethinking sustainable land use planning in the Ghanaian cocoa belt." Emily will receive a $2,000 stipend for her research this summer.
Emily Gallagher has also been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship from the US Department of Education. Emily will receive full tuition remission ($4300) and a living stipend ($2500) to support language study at the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) hosted by Michigan State University during the summer 2010
Nick Giner (HERO fellow) took Second Place Paper award at the 2010 AAG on Remote Sensing.