What's New @MizzouGeog? 4.5.21

Soren Larsen

Welcome back from Spring Break, everyone!

I have some incredibly exciting news to share. On behalf of the geography faculty, I am thrilled to announce that Aída Guhlincozzi, a health geographer with an emphasis in Latinx health care accessibility, will be joining us next fall as a Preparing Future Faculty-Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Scholar! (Soon-to-be-Dr.) Guhlincozzi is in the final stages of receiving her PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois. She does incredibly important and socially relevant research with Latina immigrant women in Chicago, and is also bringing the Geosciences Camp for Girls (G-Camp) she co-developed at Illinois here to Mizzou. The G-Camp is a summer geosciences camp for middle school schools, and it will provide paid summer camp counselor opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. Please join me in officially welcoming Aída to Mizzou Geography! (I have copied her on this email, so please do send her a note of welcome if you are so inclined!)

To celebrate Missouri’s 200th birthday, Tom Vought and the Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) are creating an interactive map featuring 200 locations from around the state, and they now need your help! Originally proposed by former MSDIS intern L Wiley, Vought and current MSDIS team – Jefferson Daubitz, Abby Hunt, Harry Le, and Carson Stone – have built the foundation of the application and added some of their own photos. Click THIS LINK to get a sneak preview! Anyone interested in volunteering photos for the project should email them and a 2-3 sentence description for each location, to msdismail@missouri.edu. There is no limit to how many images individuals can contribute, but you need to submit by June 1, 2021. The MSDIS team will review the photos and decide which to include based on a number of factors, including uniqueness and a wide distribution of images across the state. Questions about the project can be sent to the MSDIS email address as well.

I am pleased to announce that our Geography Spring Celebration will be held in person, Friday, May 7 at 3:30pm in Stewart Hall Parker Auditorium, followed by a Bar-B-Que at the Clubhouse at Cambridge Place at 6pm. We will have our usual awards and recognitions at the ceremony in Stewart before migrating over to Cambridge Place for some good old-fashioned fun. We can have up to 50 total people in attendance, and we will need names and cell phone numbers for contact tracing, so in the next week, be on the lookout for the Qualtrics survey to get your name on the guest list! We will be broadcasting the awards ceremony on Zoom if you would rather attend virtually.

Graduate and undergraduate students who meet GTU’s academic qualifications (www.gammathetaupsilon.org) have until Tuesday, April 6 to complete their membership application to Mizzou’s Beta Xi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU).  For more information or questions, e-mail Dr. Hurt at hurtd@missouri.edu.