The Department of Geography and Planning would like to welcome new full time lecturer Jared R. Enriquez this fall. Jared begins his appointment in the Department of Geography and Planning following a year as Consortium Fellow for Faculty Diversity at St. John’s University in MN. Prior to his doctoral studies in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, Jared received a B.A. in Architecture from Yale College and Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Christopher Plummer, a Geography and Planning Master’s student in the Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy program, has recently discussed his work to assess white-tailed deer abundance and habitat preferences in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve with the aid of thermal imaging drones. His study complements work that has already been performed and will help the Preserve staff to better understand the seasonal habits of white-tailed deer in the area. Christopher's presentation is titled, Using Drones to Assess the Winter Habitat Preference and Abundance of White-tailed Deer in the APBP.
Directed by Prof. Youqin Huang, Confucius Institute at University at Albany (CI) provides support and service in Chinese language instruction and culture programming, promotes China-related research, and facilitates academic exchanges and collaborations between UAlbany and its partner university in China -- Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu. Established in December of 2013, CI offers educational activities to not only the university population but also the large community in the Capital District.
“Chinese Cities in the 21st Century” published by Palgrave Macmillan and edited by Geography and Planning professor Youqin Huang, is an interdisciplinary examination of China's new urban development model and the challenges Chinese cities face in the 21st century. China is in the midst of a historic developmental inflection point, grappling with a significantly slowing economy, rapidly rising inequality, massive migration, skyrocketing housing prices, alarming environmental problems, and strong pushback from the West. In this volume, Western and Chinese scholars in different disciplines offer the clearest look yet at some of the main challenges China faces, including domestic and international contexts, the new urban development model, inclusion and well-being of migrants and
Congratulations to the four Geography and Planning students who won awards in the Spring of 2020: Cody Arana - AICP Outstanding Student Award, Luis Roldan - Paul D. Marr Memorial Award for Excellence in Planning, Elizabeth Hayes - David Mark Prize in Geography: graduate award, and Zachary Perry - David Mark Prize in Geography: undergraduate award. The awards are described below. AICP Outstanding Student Award: Cody Arana The MRP Program faculty at the University at Albany recommended Mr. Cody Arana for this prestigious award. Candidates must meet the award criteria of academic achievement, leadership, commitment to planning as a career, and community service.
Geography and Planning Assistant Professor Kate Coddington won the 2020 Virginie Mamadouh Outstanding Research Award from the Political Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for her paper "The slow violence of life without cash: borders, state restrictions, and exclusion in the U.K. and Australia."
Geography and Planning Professor Tom Narins gave a talk on April 23, 2020 (via Zoom) at the USC U.S.-China Institute on how the Belt and Road Initiative illustrates ways that sovereignty works that conventional international relations fail to account for. Historical and conventional international relations frameworks describe the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as representing a newly ambitious Chinese drive into global politics, a break from China’s longstanding reticence towards foreign entanglements. As a result, there seems to be a contradiction between China simultaneously defending its own territorial sovereignty while also being engaged in various projects (including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) that point in other directions.
Geography and Planning Assistant Professor Rui Li and former adjunct Kurt Swartz used Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis to create A GIS Supported Reconstruction of an 1877 Tragedy for the Albany Rural Cemetery. Watch the video.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 11, 2020) — When a consortium of leading Capital Region community groups went looking for a clear and accessible platform to help nonprofit social-service organizations get the local statistical profiles they needed, they had no problem visualizing where to turn.
The Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL), a data science and planning laboratory at the University at Albany directed by Geography and Planning associate professor Catherine Lawson, partnered with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to transform the state’s hazard mitigation plan from a static, linear, 2,000-page document into a living, data-forward, nonproprietary, web-based planning platform called MitigateNY.
There is no more contentious issue globally among national political parties and the general public than border enforcement, centering today on construction of physical barriers, militarization of border zones and arrests of illegal immigrants. But Kate Coddington, assistant professor of Geography & Planning, and a colleague from the University of Arizona are examining the effectiveness of a less expensive and less controversial method of regulating transnational migration: the public information campaign, or PIC.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that dives into land use and how it relates to climate change.
It's GPS — but for a cemetery. A group of faculty and students at the University at Albany Department of Geography and Planning unveiled the Albany Rural Cemetery Explorer program Saturday, which will allow visitors to take a digital tour through the iconic, 178-year-old cemetery. ARCE currently has mapped out dozens of gravesites of notable people buried at the cemetery, like former Albany mayor Erastus Corning 2nd or Chester Arthur, the 21st president of the United States. It also features the locations of people who participated in the Revolutionary War.
Congratulations to Kate Coddington, the Department's newest faculty member, for receiving the 2018 Stanley D. Brunn Junior Scholar Award, presented at the Spring 2018 American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting. The Stanley D. Brunn Junior Scholar Award is given to an untenured scholar who has received her/his Ph.D. within the past ten years, in honor of contributions that have generated new interest in the subfield and/or opened up new areas of inquiry for political geographic research.
Alex Buyantuev, PhD, was awarded a CHEER grant to support the teaching of his Geospatial Applications of Drones class in the spring of 2018. The CHEER Fund supports faculty and staff initiated undergraduate engagement activities by reimbursing up to $250.00 of incurred expenses. Engagement activities can be loosely defined as opportunities for personal interaction between faculty/staff and undergraduate students that create a mutual sense of intellectual investment. In other words, anything that sparks our students’ interest in learning might qualify for a CHEER grant.
Andrew Kim, a student in the BA/MA combined degree program in Geography, has won two awards at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in New Orleans on April 12th. Andrew presented his research paper titled “Visual Variables on Mobile Devices: An Empirical Study of Their Roles in Gaining Spatial Awareness”. He received the Best Paper Award in the Honors Student Paper Competition organized by the Cartography specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. His presentation on this research paper also granted him a Travel Award awarded by the Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography special Group of the American Association of Geographers.