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Katie Maynard receives UC System Sustainability Champion Award

Katie Maynard, who serves as the Event Manager and Sustainability Coordinator for UCSB’s Sustainability Staff, was recently recognized for her tremendous contributions to the UC’s sustainability efforts with the UC System Sustainability Champion Award. Katie’s career in sustainability began at UCSB as an undergraduate student where she helped lead system-wide change to create the Education […]

Remembering Meryl Wieder

Meryl Wieder passed away at age 80 on Tuesday, June 12, 2019. She served as the UCSB Department of Geography’s first Management Services Officer beginning in 1978 and retired in 2004. In addition to being one of the longest-serving former members of the department’s administrative staff, she played a key role in the development of […]

2019 Staff Celebration Week

Staff Celebration Week celebrates the hard work and achievements of UCSB staff.  The Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Council in coordination with members from other campus organizations, organizes and publishes the calendar of events, opportunities, and discounts available to staff members during this exciting week.  This is a special opportunity for staff organizations, departments, central offices, and […]

Department of Geography 2018-2019 Awards Colloquium

On Thursday, May 30, 2019 the Department of Geography held their 2018-2019 Annual Awards Colloquium.  Following is a list of awards given out by the Department Chair, Professor Stuart Sweeney.   Graduate Student Awards The Department of Geography Excellence in Teaching Award is given to a graduate student who has an outstanding teaching and teaching […]

Alumni Spotlight – Michael Robinson – Class of 2009

Dr. Michael Robinson holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a PhD in Geography, both from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).  He is just finishing his tenth year teaching, Physical Geography, Weather & Climate, Geographic Information Systems, Field Studies of Eastern Sierra Nevada and Field Studies in Death Valley, at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).  I recently […]

Richard “Rick” Lee Cramer Jr.

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Richard “Rick” Lee Cramer Jr., 43 years young and UCSB’s Director of IT for the Department of Geography, passed away unexpectedly.  He was killed while driving his motorcycle on his early morning commute to work. Born on June 8th, 1975 in Santa Barbara, CA, he was a first born son […]

Geography Department “Geog Gals” Participate in Corn Hole Tournament

For over 60 years, UC Santa Barbara has been proud to partner with United Way of Santa Barbara County to raise resources and mobilize volunteers to serve those most at risk locally.  This year a corn hole tournament was added to the roster of fundraising. The Geography Department represented with team “Geog Gals”, consisting of […]

Geography Awareness Week 2018

Geography Awareness Week is an annual celebration during the third week in November to promote geographic literacy and education, organized by National Geographic Education Programs. Established by Presidential proclamation over 25 years ago, GAWeek is centered around events, policy advocacy, communication, volunteerism, and activities for students, families, and community members. Every year the UCSB Geography […]

Professor Keith Clarke Leads Digital Mapmaking Workshop

UC Santa Barbara Geography Professor Keith Clarke kicked off the History of Art and Architecture’s Digital Image Lab Series with a mapmaking workshop.  Professor Clarke showed how digital programs have made it easier to create and access maps and how the internet has made it possible for anyone, even those without a background in geography, […]

Student Spotlight – Bianca Graves

Bianca Graves is a fourth year Geography BA major and says that Dr. Cassels is one of her favorite professors. She is the Co-President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which is a professional club for black Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors. Since her freshman year, Bianca has also volunteered and […]