Archive for 2013

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Lauren Anderson ’13 Accepts Peace Corps Assignment to Thailand

While a geography major at Gustavus Adolphus College, Lauren Anderson showed str0ng interest in issues of international development. Her passions fit with the Gustavus core values of service, diversity, and justice. Now she has been accepted into the Peace Corps and has been invited to am assignment as a teacher/collaborator and community facilitator in Thailand. […]

An island disappears from GoogleEarth

Jura, a small island off the Atlantic coast of Scotland with a population less than 200, disappeared from GoogleEarth in early July 2013. Instead of showing the 144-square-mile island, GoogleEarth depicts Jura’s single road running through the ocean. The loss of the island is not due to sea level rise but a glitch in digital […]

West Lakes AAG Meeting

Geography students at Gustavus may be interested in attending or presenting research at the regional Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference. The West Lakes Association of American Geographers will hold their 2013 meeting 17-19 October 2013 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire campus, a 2.5-hour drive from Saint Peter, MN. Student registration is […]

Online cartography class enrolls nearly 30,000

Geography Professor Anthony Robinson of Penn State is offering an online digital cartography course called Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. Nearly 30,000 have enrolled. recently featured Dr. Robinson and his course in an interview here. Robinson says “I started my undergraduate education as an electrical engineering major. Then I just randomly took a human […]

The Tour de France

The route of this amazing bike race always confused me. Here’s a map to help you follow the stages of the race. I found this at:

Maps of the world’s urban bike share programs

Many cities around the world have bike share programs. Here, the bike docking stations for 29 of these cities are mapped, all at the same scale. “The geographic footprint of a city’s bike-sharing system can reveal both the municipality’s level of commitment to transportation alternatives as well as the topography of the surrounding area,” writes […]

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to the Gustavus Class of 2013, especially our 13 geography majors who graduated this spring! We will miss you. As you continue on life’s path, we wish you success, health, beauty, delight, and meaningful work and relationships. Here are some words of wisdom from Jim Wallis, the founder and president of Sojourners, to “make […]

Minneapolis parks rated top in the nation

USA Today reports a study that ranks the Minneapolis city park system as the best in the nation. Click here for the full article, including a map of the best and worst city park systems in the U.S. Did you know that 94% of Minneapolis’ residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park? (By […]

Joaquín Villanueva to Join Gustavus Geography Faculty

Dr. Joaquín Villanueva will join the Gustavus Geography Department in fall 2013 as a visiting assistant professor.  Joaquín Villanueva comes to us from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey where he served as a lecturer in geography. Joaquín Villanueva obtained his Ph.D. in geography at Syracuse University, working under Dr. Don Mitchell. Dr. Villanueva’s doctoral […]

When Storm Chasing Goes Wrong

Note: The intent of this posting, even prior to this morning, was not to make light of these events, or to sensationalize, rather it was a genuine call to everyone that if experts in the field can be caught off guard by the unpredictable nature of these dangerous storms, what chance do the rest of us […]