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2016

May

Sergio Rey, professor in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at ASU, has been selected by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) to receive its 20

Guido G. Weigend, who served as dean and professor at Arizona State University from 1976 to 1989, passed away on April 1 at the age of 96.

Twenty-one students in the Spring 2016 Masters' of Urban and Environmental Planning program's PUP 593 capstone course took on a multi-faceted initiative to generate new planning visions for the

NASA has selected an Arizona State University undergraduate student team for a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research, through its NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Student Instrument Prog

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

Janet Franklin has had quite a year: After having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences two years ago, in June 2015 she was selected as an Arizona State University Regents' Professor and

The annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers brings together geographers from all over the country to share ideas and research.  There are a number of competitions, and as usual, o

March

“A cornerstone of environmental policy is the debate over protecting nature for humans’ sake (instrumental values) or for nature’s (intrinsic values).”

Wei Li is has spent the past several months working on a prestigious Fulbright project — for the second time.

Anthony Ross is a senior geography major, with research interests in borders, particularly the U.S.-Mexico and Italy-North Africa borders.

Terrestrial plant communities include forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands.

With a generous grant from Arizona Public Service Foundation, the Arizona Geographic Alliance (AzGA) will host a summer institute for kindergarten to 12th grade teac

February

More than 80 percent of Nepal’s population lives in villages – which means that improvement to Nepal’s economy cannot happen without improving the economy of rural areas.

The Navajo Nation has one of the most valuable mineral resources among any Native American reservation in the United States, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Geodesign and urban development may not be the sexiest words in the dictionary, but it’s the meaning behind these titles that generates a lot of interest among students and faculty alike.

The spotlight series introduces some of our undergraduate students who are majoring in geography, GIS or urban planning.

Geodesign is a set of technique and technologies that use geographical information systems (GIS) for mapping, analyzing, evaluating, visualizing, and negotiating future land use scenarios wit

B.L. Turner II looks the part of a college professor.

January

B.L. Turner II arrived at ASU in 2008 as a well-recognized pioneer in the field of sustainability science.

What would happen if the vacant land around Phoenix were converted to urban farms? Could it bring sustainable, locally grown food closer to consumers?

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, breaking a record that was set the year before, which has some wondering whether global warming is taking root.

This academic year we’re pleased to welcome 5 new faculty members, each of whom adds research and teaching strength to our school and to ASU. 

2015

December

With weather updates important to traffic flow and the safety of motorists, an innovative partnership between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Arizona State University will provi

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

November

B.L. Turner II has been named a Regents' Professor, Arizona's highest faculty honor. He was nominated by ASU President Michael Crow and were approved by the Arizona Board of Regents on Friday.

Janet Franklin, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been elected to the

October

By the end of this century, areas of the Persian Gulf could be hit by waves of heat and humidity so severe that simply being outside for several hours could threaten human life, according to a rece

Transportation in Phoenix means one thing for most people: their car.

An underwater fossil hoard discovered in the Caribbean has revealed that people have done more to deplete animal species than the shift of the last ice age.

Designing new urban centers to be more efficient and updating old ones has become the focus of many urban planners and architects in the past two decades.  Planners now take into account a myriad o

September

Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti, an Arizona State University professor and an expert on energy and the social components of energy development, will be awarded the 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memoria

It’s debatable what can kill you faster in an Arizona summer: the sun or the electric bill.

Since 1932, geography students at ASU have had an opportunity to take part in excursions to places all over the state – over the years, trips have ranged from wilderness swimming holes to the Amazo

Janet Franklin isn’t the sort of person who likes to raise alarms, but when she talks about the environment, people should take notice.

The Stockholm Water Prize is considered the Nobel Prize of water.

Celebrated for 25 years, it is the world’s most respected award for outstanding water achievements.

August

In the grips of long-term drought, the Colorado River Basin and the cities that rely on its water face unprecedented challenges and significant uncertainty with a warming climate and large-scale la

In Northern Quebec, off the eastern shore of James Bay and about 850 miles north of Montreal, the community of Wemindji is situated within sprawling vistas of boreal forests.

ASU is one of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the United States that has formed a consortium to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the U.S.

July

Professor J. Andy Soesilo passed away in May at age 71, but not before leaving a lasting impression on his students and colleagues.
 

June

In pre-computer times, engineers, environmental planners and scientists alike relied heavily on detailed topographic maps to plan projects.  The elevation and land cover information of a topographi

The Navajo Nation is continuing to map its own future, and ASU is playing a key support role.

Professor Janet Franklin has received two high honors this spring.

B. L. Turner II arrived at ASU in 2008 as a well-recognized leader in sustainability science.

The journal Geographical Analysis was founded in 1969 with a goal of presenting si

Davis, California, has gone to great lengths to avoid sprawl.

May

Dr Lauren Allsopp, an ASU faculty associate with both the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, has been selected as

As she receives her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning this semester, Stephanie Watney has not only been a top graduate student but has made professional-level contributions to sev

Blake Saltman, winner of this year’s Ray Henkel Award, is g

Growing up in Glendale, Jaylee Conlin always loved hearing about extreme weather in places other than Arizona. 

Nepal is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.

ASU professor Wei Li has focused her career on promoting cultural understanding, especially between new immigrant groups and native-born residents, in the United States, Canada and in locations aro

Pai Hui Yu, a student in this year’s MAS-GIS program, has been selected as one of two winners of the Masters Scholarship Award given each year by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society

April

Arizona State University was recently honored with a 2014 Tree Campus USA award, which Gov. Doug Ducey presented to the ASU Grounds Services/Arboretum crew at the Arizona Capitol on April 23.

Each year, the ASU Faculty Women’s Association invites ASU faculty, staff and students to nominate faculty members who have been outstanding mentors to students or other faculty members, especially

March

As more people move to different regions of the country, it will require planners to use as many tools as they can to develop urban areas that satisfy population demands without over-burdening the

Climate forecasts for coming decades predict conditions that could put a severe strain on critical infrastructure systems – particularly in the southwestern United States.

On March 5, a large snowstorm struck Capracotta, Italy, a village about three hours east of Rome.  Italian weather web site 

Charles S. Sargent, professor emeritus of geography, who researched the evolution of frontiers and the growth of towns and cities, including Phoenix, passed away Feb. 3. He was 78.

January

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities.

Nearly one year ago, approximately 20 residents of the Navajo Nation’s Black Mesa Chapter gathered at their chapter house with community leaders and a small group of Arizona State University facult

Mark Winston, a nationally renowned scientist, educator and author, is coming to Arizona State University Jan. 28-29 to host two special events for the public.

Casey Allen, who earned his PhD in geography at ASU in 2008, was honored recently by the University of Colorado (Denver) with two awards for his teaching in the Department of Geography and Environm

2014

December

As part of its series discussing what makes cities sustainable, ASU’s Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development released a report on several transit initiatives at ASU.  All the research effor

Joseph Keller knows how to manage complex operations and monitor delicate, changing situations.

November

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities.

Paul Kent earned a bachelors’ degree in geography in 1988.

ASU professor of planning Emily Talen served as a featured speaker at the Festival of Urbanism, a major international urban planning

In a report released this month, ASU’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program (MUEP) ranked in the top 25 graduate planning programs in the co

October

Micro-hydro energy systems are a unique type of hydroelectric power, ideal for supplementing other types of renewable energy to provide a continuous flow of energy to remote locations.  

Here is a report by Professor Janet Franklin on work carried out together with David W.

September

The historic Warehouse District south of downtown Phoenix matters.

November 2014 update:The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association has selected the Wickenburg report as the best student project of 2014.

This spring Brandon Vogt, who earned his MA and his PhD in geography at ASU, was selected as Teacher of the Year for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Colo

August

ASU’s Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development is producing a series of articles discussing aspects of what makes cities “sustainable.”  This question is a key focus for the School of Geograp

July

January 2015:  As a top 10 finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, Adam Kiefer received £200,000 to implement his proposal.

"Urban heat island" is the technical term used to describe increased temperature in cities relative to surrounding rural areas.

ASU’s Pitchfork awards recognize “distinguished devils” – ASU students with outstanding accomplishments.  At the third annual awards ceremony, held April 3 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoeni

Jonathan Davis, a master’s candidate in GIS, gained national attention this summer when a mapping project he created at ASU’s Decision Theater was featured by the Pew Research Center’s 

June

“A world in which all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life” – this was a goal identified by the United Nation’s World Food Sum

A group of almost fifty undergraduate and graduate students participated in an accelerated, interdisciplinary course called American Indian Community Planning, offered for the first time at ASU thi

Two ASU faculty members, Janet Franklin and Elizabeth Wentz, both professors in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, recently began terms as presidents of national professional

Professor Mike Pasqualetti was one of 7 invited speakers at a recent Stanford University symposium entitled “Uncommon Dialogue: US-Mexico Transboundary Water Issues."

Earlier this month Matei Georgescu, assistant professor of geography, joined 21 other scientists from around the world to participate in a workshop held at Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for

Phoenix stands at a parched crossroads.

May

Jennifer Johnson, who earned both her MA and PhD in geography at ASU, has been recognized with her university’s highest award for teaching.  Along with a colleague from the College of

Professor Martin J. (Mike) Pasqualetti and co-author Marilyn Brown have just published “Ancient discipline, modern concern: Geographers in the field of energy and society”

From 2002 through 2005, the number of new housing starts in Arizona was greater each year than the previous year – with a peak of over 78,000 new homes beginning construction in 2005.  In 2005, the

A new, cutting-edge geography degree will prepare ASU students for jobs in the growing and dynamic realm of mapping technology development.

A recent commentary in top-ranked journal Science explained how Central American drug trafficking contributes to forest loss.

The Henkel Award is given each year to the undergraduate geography major who has earned the highest grade point average.

Asked what especially interests him about geography, Jason Edmunds hones in on the concept of studying place and time. 

At this year’s Awards Reception, held May 2 at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course, students, faculty, alumni and friends of the geography and planning programs gathered to socialize, and to recognize studen

Together with her collaborator, Lucia Lo of York University in Canada, geography professor Wei Li has been awarded the Rockefeller F

Janet Franklin, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

April

Several ASU geographers earned recognition at this year’s annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers:

Emily Talen, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been selected for one of this year’s prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

March

Feeding a growing global population in a changing climate presents a significant challenge to society.  Results from a new study co-authored by Netra Chhetr

GeoDa, the software that serves as an introduction to spatial data analysis and is developed at ASU’s GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and

Ian Dowdy, who earned his BSP from ASU in 2004, is now a Program Director with the Sonoran Institute, a prominent economic and environmental research and advocacy group.  Dowdy authore

February

Two ASU alumni’s careers led them to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and their related interests may lead to future collaborations.

Ask Isabelle Lishewski what her favorite part of being a student at Arizona State University is, and pat comes the reply, “Telling my Sun Devil story to a group of high school students and their fa

Assembling a picture of past environments always involves detective work.  The reward is a clearer understanding of how natural and human forces have changed environments in the past, giving insigh

As urban areas expand, they become warmer.  Scientists have demonstrated that it’s possible to mitigate this effect in various ways – with the most-widely-researched adaptive technologies being coo

While a graduate student at ASU, John Houseal worked as a planning intern for the City of Phoenix, and he and his studio classmates developed an ecological assessment and vision plan for the City o

Four teams of Arizona State University students recently presented ideas for a new, improved Mesa City Plaza to City Council members.

January

Note: This story originally appeared in ASU News, on January 24, 2014.

Effective July 1, Professor Sergio Rey will be editor ofGeographical Analysis, a leading peer-reviewed journal that publishes new research in geographical theory, model building,and quantita

Geography Ph.D. student John Connors left for Tanzania this week to begin fieldwork for his dissertation.

2013

December

In a warming world, how far will forest species need to shift in space in order to find survivable climate conditions?

November

“Urban heat island” or “UHI” is everyday language for Phoenix residents:  It’s the increase in night-time temperatures in an urban area as compared to surrounding non-urban regions.