UCSB Geography Congratulates Sory Toure

HED alum, Sory Toure, took first place in the Remote Sensing Specialty Group at the AAG conference in an oral paper competition that spanned two sessions. SDSU Advisor Professor Doug Stowe shares, ”While his oral presentation was excellent, he sealed the deal with his penultimate slide that referred attendees to his recently accepted journal article in Remote Sensing of Environment, the flagship journal in RS.”

To see UCSB Geography’s congratulatory post, click the link and follow their instagram account: UCSB Geography Congratulates Sory Toure

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Geography remembers Dr. Jason Davis

On April 1st, 2018, Jason Davis, Assistant Professor of Geography and faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center passed away. He was a young and prolific scholar who studied the relationships between migration, development and environmental change in origin countries. He received his PhD in Geography in 2010 from the University of California Santa Barbara, and was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC’s Carolina Population Center. At that early stage of his career, Jason’s research had already been recognized by prestigious national awards including the Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Education as well as a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health. In July of 2017, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography at UNC.

Right after this tragic incident, David Lopez-Carr, Jason’s dissertation advisor, wrote: “Jason, your influence on the community of knowledge at the intersection of migration, health, and the environment will continue upward as new knowledge and budding scholars build on the sturdy foundations you built. I was your PhD advisor, but you have served as a life advisor to me.”

The rest of the article which is written by Juan Liang can be found in: In Memoriam: Geography remembers Dr. Jason Davis

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Kevin Mwenda wins AAG Dissertation Research Grant

This past week Kevin Mwenda won the AAG Dissertation Research Grant! Congratulations Kevin! 

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Newest Undergraduate Interns join the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab

The Human-Environment Dynamics Lab would like to congratulate the three newest undergraduate interns that joined the HED Team! Congratulations to Darryl Burnett Jr, Sierra Emrick, and Sandra Dieron!

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Professor David Lopez-Carr is returning to Guatemala in Summer 2018 for Historic Data Collection

David Lopez-Carr is planning to return to Guatemala during the summer of 2018 to “build on the last two decades of previous work in the region, conducting a third round of household surveys investigating the underlying demographic drivers of out-migration and deforestation in Peten.” With the funding provided by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration and the addition to the newest collaborator, Aracely Martinez, a PhD candidate from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, David Lopez-Carr is prepared to return and work on the data collection.

To view the complete article go to: Researchers return to Guatemala for historic data collection

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Professor David Lopez-Carr interviewed by Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views on Interactions Between the Environment and Human Behavior

Professor David Lopez-Carr was interviewed by Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views and talked about the studies being conducted on interactions between the environment and human behavior. With this interaction it affects both aspects. Humans have a big impact on the environment and the environment affects the way humans behave. He tells Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views that the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab was able to determine that sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world that has experienced “high population growth density with climatic anomalies, such as high temperatures and decreased precipitation.” Furthermore, the interview continued with Professor David Lopez-Carr’s studies to climate change and talks about the harsh impacts of climate change in rural areas.

To view the complete story and listen to the interview go to: UC-Santa Barbara Lab Studies Interactions Between The Environment and Human Behavior

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Professor David Lopez-Carr talks about his research in Global Population Issues in The Bottom Line

David Lopez-Carr receives the Research Excellence Award at the American Association of Geography’s April 2017 meeting in Boston for his research on human influence on the environment and population health. He was interviewed by The Bottom Line as he talks about his dedication in his life’s work to researching the global population issues that are currently happening. He wants to make a change and a difference by being part of solving solutions from problems that many humans are having problems in.

To view the complete story go to: The Human Environmental Geographer

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Kevin Mwenda receives a prestigious TA nomination for 2016-17 and multiple awards for 2017-18

Congratulations to HED lab member Kevin Mwenda for receiving a prestigious UCSB TA nomination for 2016-17 and multiple awards for 2017-18. Kevin was nominated for the 2016-17 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Award. According to the nomination letter from the Academic Senate, Kevin’s nomination is “a distinct honor and recognizes the quality of [his] teaching as exemplary.”

Kevin Mwenda was also awarded the 2016-17 Department of Geography Excellence in Teaching award, one which is given annually to a graduate student who has an outstanding teaching and TAing track record, in terms of both quality and quantity. According to a transcript from Professor Dan Montello, while presenting the annual awards on behalf of Department Chair Prof. Oliver Chadwick during the Colloquium on May 25, 2017, this award was made to Kevin because he “has a record of receiving outstanding course evaluations, outstanding written comments from students, outstanding evaluations of [his] TA work by the course instructor, and outstanding design of course, section, or lab syllabi or activities.

Kevin has also been awarded a Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship for the Winter 2018 quarter as part of the UCSB Central Continuing Student Fellowships for 2017-18, to allow him to devote full attention to dissertation writing. This award was based on a successful nomination by the Geography department and was reviewed and selected by a central faculty fellowship committee.

Kevin has also been awarded a Broom Center for Demography Graduate Student Research and Training (GSRT) grant by the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (ISBER), to attend a five-day workshop entitled “Machine Learning: Applications and Opportunities in the Social Sciences” at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kevin hopes to gain the following insights and skills from this workshop: “1) how to test and improve model specifications and predictions of demographic big-data, (2) develop and assess uncertainty estimates in demographic big-data, (3) learn how to potentially conduct a similar workshop(s) here at UCSB as the Social Demography Lab Manager, for the benefit of interdisciplinary Social Scientists affiliated with the Broom Center for Demography.”

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Professor David Lopez-Carr awarded PSG Research Excellence Award.

Professor Lopez-Carr is a recipient of the Population Specialty Group’s (PSG) 2017 Research Excellence Award. The award recognizes early- and/or mid-career scholars for research excellence in the field of population geography, either in the form of a single piece of published work or a continuing record of high accomplishment. The award was received at the PSG awards ceremony at the annual AAG meeting in Boston.

AAG’s Population Specialty Group’s Research Excellence Award

The Human Environmental Geographer

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Professor David Lopez-Carr talks about Planetary Health in the Santa Barbara Independent

“UCSB’s David Lopez-Carr Improves Planetary Health”

“When it comes to researching planetary health, UCSB geography professor David López-Carr is at the forefront. In October 2016, he cofounded the Planetary Health Center of Expertise, under which interdisciplinary researchers from the UC system and beyond study the complex interaction of human and natural forces.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation, the team is underwriting $1.5 million in creative projects to tackle complicated problems around the globe. One such project is López-Carr’s work with UCSB zoology professor Armand Kuris and two Stanford researchers: They’re introducing prawns (which eat the snails that host parasitic worms that cause disease) to key river systems in sub-Saharan Africa, a problem initially created by the building of dams.”

To view the complete story go to: Geography Professor Cofounds the Planetary Health Center of Expertise

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