Archive for October, 2009

Infrared Photography Helps Students Understand Satellite Images

Geography students sometimes struggle to understand infrared images which are increasingly used in satellite imagery. Mark Bjelland has a Sony cybershot camera modified for infrared photography and took the pictures shown here on September day. Digital cameras are sensitive to near infrared and come equipped with a hot mirror to remove the infrared. It was […]

Mark Bjelland’s new book is out!

Prof. Mark Bjelland’s new Human Geography textbook has been published and is now available! Congratulations, Mark!

Prof. Bjelland at professional meeting

Dr. Mark Bjelland is in Denver, Colorado attending the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is presenting a research paper titled “Urban Change and Congregational Diversity: A Study of Lutherans in Minneapolis.”

Dr. Robert Moline Speaks at Augustana 60th Anniversary Symposium

Dr. Robert Moline will present a talk, “The Colorado River: Many Uses, Major Problems,” at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois on Friday October 16th. The Augustana College Geography Department is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a two-day symposium featuring their alumni as speakers on topics including water resources, environmental and urban planning, business geography, geographic […]

Jobs for Geographers

One of department chair Mark Bjelland’s goals is to better connect Gustavus geography majors with job opportunities and with department alumni who can provide job leads. Today’s tip: searching under GIS and Minneapolis at produced 17 local jobs, including one with the CIA. A search under “social research” turned up some duds but also […]

100% Scandinavian Film to Premier October 11 and 12

Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth is premiering his new film on Scandinavian American culture and places at the American Swedish Institute on October 11 and at Gustavus Adolphus College on October 12. Advance information suggests Saint Peter and Gustavus Adolphus College are featured in the film. Read more at:

French Canadian Fur Trader surfaces in Saint Peter

Gustavus students discovered  a French-Canadian fur trader near the Minnesota River in Saint Peter. His English was poor but they think he said his name was Louis Provencalle.

Geography Prof. Bob Douglas Welcomes International Students

Dressed as the early Saint Peter settler Captain Dodd, Dr. Bob Douglas led new international students on a tour of the Saint Peter area. As always Bob’s tours take students to the Minnesota River landing where it all began. Bob’s tour focused on the downtown and  the town’s historical geography. 

Gusties go for Geographer Graf

Geographer Will Graf of the University of South Carolina gave the culminating lecture at the Nobel Conference 45 Banquet on October 7. His talk, “Where the Wild Things Are: Dams, Rivers, and Wildlife Preservation,” was a beautifully structured and informative overview of the state of dams and welfare of wildlife dependent on river systems in […]