University of Colorado at Boulder

News - 2015


January


Emily Yeh receives the E. Gene Smith Book Prize on Inner Asia for 2015

January 16, 2015 - Awarded by the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of [The Association for Asian...

How popular are Putin and Obama in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine?

January 22, 2015 - It is well known that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine, annexing Crimea in March 2004, and sponsoring rebels thereafter in...

February


Julia Hicks Named Lead Graduate Teacher

February 06, 2015 - Julia will serve as the Lead Graduate Teacher for the Department of Geography for the 2015-16 academic year.

John O’Loughlin Interviewed for Russian-language TV

February 16, 2015 - John O'Loughlin was interviewed in a Russian - language TV report on a talk he and his colleague, Gerard Toal (a former student of Johno's from...

John O’Loughlin received the ISA Myron Weiner award

February 20, 2015 - John O'Loughlin received the Myron Weiner award of the [International Studies Association](http://www.isanet.org/ISA/About-ISA) for distinguished...

Waleed Abdalati to Receive the 2015 Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing

February 20, 2015 - Sponsored by the Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) of the [Association of American Geographers](http://www.aag.org/) (AAG) since 1992, the award...

Ian Rowen Awarded Summer Fellowship to the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan

February 25, 2015 - Ian received a one-month Summer Fellowship to the [European Research Center on Contemporary...

Russian and Ukrainian TV viewers live on different planets

February 26, 2015 - The downing of Malaysian Airlines (MH) Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2014 was a horrific crime. Innocent travelers from 10...

March


Ian Rowen publishes article in The Journal of Asian Studies

March 01, 2015 - Ian Rowen's article, "Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: Twenty-Four Days in a Student-Occupied Parliament, and the Future of the Region", has been...

Joel Correia awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant

March 02, 2015 - Joel was awarded a DDRI grant by the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program of the [National Science Foundation](http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp). The...

The Crimean conundrum

March 03, 2015 - One year since Crimea was annexed by Russia, polling reveals that (with the notable exception of the Tatars) the new order enjoys legitimacy among...

Chris Jochem receives DDRI award

March 12, 2015 - Chris has received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement award from the National Science Foundation. This grant will support Chris' research...

Beverly Sears Grants awarded to 2 Geography Students

March 16, 2015 - Beverly Sears Graduate Student Research Grants for 2015-2016 have been awarded to **Shae Frydenlund and Eric Lovell.** These grants are competitive...

Weaponizing Maps: Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the Americas

March 16, 2015 - Joe Bryan's book [Weaponizing Maps: Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the...

John O’Loughlin interviewed on CBC Radio

March 17, 2015 - One year after Russia's Vladimir Putin pulled Crimea back under the purview of his government, polling data shows the majority of ethnic Ukrainians...

Julia Hicks receives DDRI award

March 18, 2015 - Julia has received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement award from the National Science Foundation. This grant will support her research on...

Spruce bark beetle outbreaks hurt squirrel populations

March 18, 2015 - Bryan Hankinson, a fall 2014 CU-Boulder student who graduated magna cum laude in Geography, developed his honors thesis by investigating the...

Ian Rowen quoted by the BBC about the backlash against Chinese tourists

March 18, 2015 - Ian Rowen quoted by the BBC about the backlash against Chinese tourists [Read BBC article](http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-31928761)

Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

March 25, 2015 - Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings...

Ian Rowen publishes article in Anthropology News

March 26, 2015 - Ian's piece discusses researcher risk and positionality in the context of his participant-observation of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella...

Ian Rowen interviewed about Asian social movements in New Bloom

March 26, 2015 - Ian compares and contrasts spatial organization, tactics, and daily life in the Hong Kong Umbrella and Taiwan Sunflower Movements. [New Bloom...

Ian Rowen publishes article in the BBC Chinese

March 26, 2015 - Ian writes about the political impacts of Chinese tourism to Taiwan and Hong Kong. [BBC article in...

Emily Yeh’s book named a Foreign Affairs best book of 2014 on Asia and the Pacific

March 27, 2015 - Emily Yeh's *Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development* named a [*Foreign...

April


Meredith DeBoom has been named a P.E.O. Evelyn K. Aitken Named Scholar

April 01, 2015 - Meredith has been named a Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Evelyn K. Aitken Named Scholar. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were...

Alice Hill selected to receive Colorado Environmental Management Society Scholarship

April 02, 2015 - Alice will be awarded a $1500. scholarships from Colorado Environmental Management Society Scholarship Committee. Alice was selected for this...

Aaron Malone Awarded CARTSS Graduate Fellowship

April 03, 2015 - Aaron was awarded a graduate fellowship from The Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences. This award will support his...

Eric Lovell Awarded CARTSS Graduate Fellowship

April 03, 2015 - Eric was awarded a graduate fellowship from The Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences. This award will be used to support...

Max Counter receives 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship

April 06, 2015 - Max has been selected to receive a 2015 [National Science Foundation](http://www.nsf.gov/) (NSF) [Graduate Research Fellowship...

Qinghuan Zhang receives the Rich Herbert Memorial Scholarship

April 06, 2015 - Qinghuan received the Rich Herbert Memorial Scholarship for 2014-2015 academic year from the [American Water Resources Association-Colorado...

Exhumation by debris flows in the 2013 Colorado Front Range storm

April 07, 2015 - The Geological Society of America *Geology* [article](http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/early/2015/03/27/G36507.1.abstract) co-authored by Suzanne...

Eric Lovell Receives Fulbright Fellowship

April 16, 2015 - The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual...

Secor Named First Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor at University of Kentucky

April 27, 2015 - Anna Secor (Ph.D. 2000; MA 1996) professor of geography, social theory, and gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky College of...

Amy Schubert Awarded DeSana Scholarship

April 30, 2015 - Amy was awarded the James A. and Jeanne B. DeSana Graduate Research Scholarship, April 2015. The James A. and Jeanne B. DeSana Graduate Research...

May


Taking the Long View on Recovery in Nepal

May 03, 2015 - Galen Murton's guest commentary published in The Denver Post. [Read commentary.](http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_28023254/long-view-nepal)

Gilbert White Fellowships Awarded to Kathryn Wright and Ian Rowen

May 15, 2015 - Kathryn Wright and Ian Rowen have been selected as the 2015-2016 recipients of the Department's Gilbert White Fellowship. The fellowship provides...

Caitlin Ryan Receives Fulbright Award

May 18, 2015 - Caitlin was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Caitlin will use the award to support her dissertation research in Kyrgyzstan. The...

Kaitlin Fertaly Receives Fulbright Award

May 18, 2015 - Kaitlin was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Kaitlin will use the award to support her dissertation research in Armenia. The...

Julia Hicks Receives Neal Kindig Fellowship

May 22, 2015 - The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation awarded Julia the Neal Kindig Fellowship for 2015. She will use the fellowship to support her research...

What people in southeast Ukraine really think of Novorossiya

May 25, 2015 - Novorossiya is frozen. Last week Oleg Tsarev, leader of the ‘parliament’ that ostensibly united the eastern Ukraine separatist entities, the...

PHOTOS: Geography Department Commencement, May 2015

May 27, 2015 - **Congratulations to the Class of 2015!** The Geography Department commencement ceremony was held at the UMC in the Glenn Miller Ballroom in front...

June


Dinaburg Memorial Fellowships Awarded to 5 Grad Students

June 01, 2015 - Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Jennifer Dinaburg Memorial Research Fellowship recipients: Katie Clifford, Lauren Gifford, Aaron Malone, Daniela...

Water Well Testing In The North Fork Valley

June 10, 2015 - CPR interview regarding the recent groundwater sampling campaign that was incorporated into the summer 2015 Hydrologic Field Methods course taught by...

An Interview with Emily Yeh

June 17, 2015 - Emily T. Yeh's Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development (Cornell University Press, 2013) is an award-winning...

August


Katie Clifford awarded Community Based Research Graduate Fellowship

August 01, 2015 - Katie was awarded a 2015-16 [Community Based Research Graduate...

Mark Williams Interviewed on the Mine Spill into the Animas River

August 10, 2015 - [KUSA, Channel 9 News Interview with...

Meredith DeBoom awarded NSF DDRI

August 11, 2015 - Meredith was awarded a [National Science Foundation](http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=SBE) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI)...

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT—Mountains: A Very Short Introduction, by Martin F. Price, PhD, CU Geog

August 12, 2015 - Mountains cover a quarter of the Earth's land surface and are home to about 12 percent of the global population. They are the sources of all the...

Historic 2013 Colorado Front Range storm accomplished up to 1,000 years of erosion

August 27, 2015 - Suzanne Anderson's research featured in [CU News...

September


Decade-long Amazon rainforest burn yields new insight into wildfire vulnerabilities

September 02, 2015 - Jennifer Balch's research featured in [CU News...

Abdalati to co-lead high-profile effort to set nation’s satellite science agenda

September 04, 2015 - Waleed Abdalati will co-chair a prestigious national committee charged with developing U.S. priorities for observing Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and...

Mara Goldman’s research cited in a story in The Atlantic

September 11, 2015 - The story is about a reality TV show in Tanzania that showcases women’s empowerment. Goldman’s paper, written together with Jani Little...

Waleed Abdalati to Give Keynote Address at the White House

September 11, 2015 - The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council invited Department of Geography professor Waleed Abdalati to...

Alice Hill Awarded Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Scholarship

September 23, 2015 - Alice was awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the [Arkansas River Basin Water Forum](http://arbwf.org/) for Fall 2015.

October


Amy Schubert Awarded Mabel Duncan Fellowship

October 01, 2015 - Amy has been awarded a Mabel Duncan Memorial Fellowship, October 2015.

Launch of the New Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU

October 07, 2015 - The Geography Department is excited to announce the launch of the new Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU, an interdisciplinary hub for research,...

Galen Murton awarded a Quick Response Grant

October 09, 2015 - Galen has been awarded a Quick Response Grant from the [CU Natural Hazards Center](http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/) to support his ongoing...

Amy Schubert Selected to Participate in the CSIS US-Korea NextGen Scholarship Program

October 12, 2015 - Amy has been selected to participate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program for 2015-16....

John O’Loughlin wins gold medal from Russian Geographical Society

October 21, 2015 - John O’Loughlin has become the first foreigner in more than 100 years to win the Semenov-Tyan-Shansky gold medal for research on Russia. It is the...

A Talk by Dr. Jennifer Fluri

October 22, 2015 - The College of Arts And Sciences Honors Program Speaker Series Presents **“We are here for the Women”: Afghanistan, Time-Space, Gender and Scales...

November


Geography prof left lifelong impression on students

November 18, 2015 - In 1952, Albert W. Smith joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and became the first chair of the Department of Geography—after...

December


The Río Marañón is Moving: Dam Construction in a Volatile Landscape

December 01, 2015 - On a tight curve on a dirt road, rock fall spat off the top of the 30-foot bank, pelting the road. By the looks of the piles of debris in the...

Profs find few benefits, some harm in “voluntourism”

December 05, 2015 - Before the early years of the 21st century, the idea of combining a vacation with volunteering was unknown to most Americans. A decade and a half...

Yang Yang awarded a Jean Bovard Sanville Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences

December 19, 2015 - Yang Yang has been awarded an inaugural Jean Bovard Sanville Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences for her dissertation research on the changing...

Emily Yeh quoted in The Economist

December 22, 2015 - Emily Yeh was quoted in an article in The Economist magazine titled "The Emperor's Mighty Brother" about the caterpillar fungus and how demand for an...