Geography/GIScience Seminars - Spring 2012

Morocco: The Crossroads of the World

Speaker: Brian Baskerville

Graduate Student in Geography, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: 1/13/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall
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Abstract

During my time in the Peace Corps I was fortunate to experience the best and worst that Morocco had to offer. My life as a volunteer was largely shaped by the layers of physical and cultural geography spread across the landscape and my work was largely dictated by where I was on that landscape. The goal of the talk is to expose the audience to those layers that shaped my experience and hopefully paint a picture in their minds of the land the Arabs once called "the farthest land of the setting sun."

Brian Baskerville
Brian Baskerville

Speaker's Bio

I grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa. From an early age I developed a love for the outdoors, traveling, history, and culture. This led me to study Environmental Science and History at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA before transferring to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD to finish a degree in History with a minor in Biology.

After graduation I fought wild-land fires and worked as the research and writing coordinator for a gubernatorial campaign in South Dakota before entering the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer. While in the Peace Corps I earned another degree in Global Studies from SDSU.

All of my experiences and interests collided during the months right before Peace Corps which led me to the light and made me realize that I needed to be studying Geography. So, while in Peace Corps, I began to search for good schools and programs that would allow me to combine all of my interests. This led me to the School of Natural Resources here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Geospatial Intelligence: Deriving Knowledge from Data for National Security and Beyond

Speaker: R. Maxwell Baber

PhD, Director of Academic Programs, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

Date: 1/20/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 901 Hardin Hall
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Abstract

Geospatial data and technologies are now fundamental to US Intelligence capabilities, and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) supports a robust and growing Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) community of government and industry partners. For the GEOINT community, the national security mission is broadly defined beyond defense activities, to include responses to humanitarian crises, natural disasters, and climate change. USGIF is cultivating the next generation of GEOINT professionals with scholarships and collegiate program accreditation, to assure a geospatially-enabled workforce prepared for evolving challenges in this dynamic field. USGIF advocates a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving with geospatial science and technology, promoting geospatial capabilities across all scientific disciplines (physical and social). Students are encouraged to prepare for a future where geospatial technologies are ubiquitous and integral to success in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Speaker's Bio

Max Baber is Director of Academic Programs at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), stewarding accreditation of university Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) certificate programs and supporting related academic initiatives. Dr. Baber received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia in 1999 and an M.A. in Geography from Georgia State University in 1993. He has served in faculty appointments with the Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems program at the University of Redlands and Departments of Geography at Samford University and the University of Northern Colorado. He has developed and implemented a number of pedagogical geographic information science projects supported with funding from a number of sources, including the National Science Foundation. He serves on the board of directors for the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), is a member of the US National Committee to the International Cartographic Association, and is a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society (BCS).

Library Resources for Geography and Natural Resource Sciences

Speaker: Adonna Fleming

Associate Professor and subject librarian for Geosciences, GIS, Maps, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Other Speaker(s): Joan Konecky,Associate Professor and subject librarian for Natural Resources, Biological Sciences, Dentistry and Nursing, UNL Libraries

Date: 1/27/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall
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Bringing International Women's Rights Home: Issue-Specific Mobilization in Muslim and Non-Muslim Africa

Speaker: Alice Kang

Assistant Professor, Political Science and Ethnic Studies (African and African American Studies), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: 3/9/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall
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Abstract

Using event history analysis, I examine whether issue-specific mobilization influences the adoption of two different types of women’s rights reforms: the ratification of the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women and the adoption of gender quotas. To measure mobilization by issue, over time, and across countries, I code national newspapers from 43 Muslim and non-Muslim African countries between 2000 and 2010. Controlling for dominant religion, international influence, regime type, and wealth, I find that issue-specific mobilization significantly increases the likelihood of women’s rights reform. Moreover, Muslim-majority countries are as likely to ratify the AU treaty and are more likely to adopt gender quotas than are non-Muslim countries.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Kang is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2010, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kang received a Fulbright Hays award to conduct research in the Republic of Niger and Benin. Before entering into academia, she worked for IFES in Washington, DC and volunteered in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. See http://ethnicstudies.unl.edu/faculty.aspx?pID=akang

Planning for Open Space: A Spatial Analysis of Subdivisions in Des Moines

Speaker: Monica Haddad

Assistant Professor and GIS Specialist, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

Date: 4/6/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 228 Hardin Hall

Abstract

Advocates of ecological planning support the implementation of conservation subdivisions on environmentally sensitive or significant land as a means of increasing continuous open space areas. Real conservation subdivisions are very rare in the state of Iowa; nonetheless, various design attempts have been made to incorporate open space in subdivisions across the state. This project will assess how environmentally sensitive and significant lands have been incorporated in the urbanization process in the City of Des Moines. Given that the city is almost totally built-up, the study area will be located in the southern part of Des Moines, where the city is still expanding and there is room for new development. This project will utilize and improve upon a GIS tool developed to evaluate open space in subdivisions. The tool will be used to analyze conservation subdivision planning in the study area, taking into account City ordinances, subdivision design, and existing environmental resources. The findings of this project will help guide urban conservation goals for the City, revealing how future subdivision development should be planned to minimize harm to environmental resources.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Mônica A. Haddad is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Iowa State University (ISU), where she specializes in geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis applications for community and regional planning issues. She also works for ISU Extension as a GIS specialist, and is the Director of the graduate ISU GIS Certificate. Dr. Haddad teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS and spatial analysis, in methods related to planning, and in social justice and planning. Originally from Brazil, she alternates her research agenda between the American Midwest and her home country. She has published on the topics of bioeconomy and growth, quality of public education improvements, ways to minimize social inequality, and strategies to achieve greater economic development.

Fire, Floods and Bugs: Nebraska's Forests - Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Scott Josiah

State Forester and Director, Nebraska Forest Service

Date: 4/25/2012
Time: 2:00:00 PM
Location: 901 Hardin Hall