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UC Davis geographers honored at state geography conference

Two UC Davis Geography Graduate Group (GGG) students were recognized for their accomplishments at the 64th annual California Geographical Society (CGS) meeting held April 30 – May 2, 2010 in Fullerton, California. PhD candidate Michele Tobias was awarded the Geosystems Award for the best physical geography/earth systems science paper in the graduate student category for her presentation “Do it Yourself Remote Sensing: Model Hot Air Balloon Remote Sensing of California's Beach Vegetation.” PhD student Rosamaria Rosen-Teeple was the recipient of the David Lantis Graduate Scholarship award, presented to students with high academic achievement. Rosen-Teeple also presented at the conference with her poster “Bridging Traditions: Toward a Biogeocultural Iconography of California Ecological Landscapes.”

Other GGG student presentations at the CGS conference included:
Craig Beebe - “Gold Country: Exurbia and the Politics of Landscape in El Dorado County”
Alex Mandel - “Impact of Free Bundled GIS Software on Education”
Amber Manfree - “Modeling Wet and Dry Weather Water Quality in Sacramento County's Urban Residential Areas”
Alison McNally (CGS Student Board Member) participant in panel discussion titled “Why Geography is Important for California's Future”

Dr. Dean MacCannell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture, was invited to present at the conference as the 2010 Presidential Plenary speaker with his paper “Looking through the Cornish Landscape”, in which he used examples from Cornwall, England, to explore connections between geography and psyche.

Additional UC Davis attendees were GGG students Mihaela Tomuta, Adebayo Akintunde, Farshid Haque and Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group student Sahoko Yui.

Founded in 1946, the CGS is the oldest statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding of geography as well as promoting interaction amongst academic and applied geographers, as well as members of the general public who share an interest in geography. For more information visit the California Geographical Society website