Recent Department Accomplishments

Congratulations to Natalie Koch, who has been selected as a Merget Fellow for the 2019-10 academic year. The Merget Fellowship supports graduate and undergraduate teaching in areas of foreign policy, global security, security and intelligence, development, and international economics and finance.

Congratulations to Tom Perreault, who has been named the DellPlain Professor of Latin American Geography.

Congratulations to Phil Curtis, who published an article (as lead author) in Science Phil is an undergraduate alum from the class of 2010.

Congratulations to Jade Rhoads, who has been named a 2018 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. Jade, a graduating Geography major, is one of only 30 recipients chosen from hundreds of applicants from more than 200 colleges and universities around the nation.

Congratulations to Tom Perreault, who has just been named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.This is the most prestigious award an SU faculty member can receive for teaching excellence and is proper recognition for Tom’s hard work with and commitment to our graduate and undergraduate students.

Congratulations to to Jared Van Ramshorst, who will receive this year’s Outstanding TA award – the highest honor that can go to a teaching assistant at Syracuse University.

Congratulations to Sohrob Aslamy, who was just notified that he is the winner of one of NSF’s 3-year Graduate Research Fellowships. This is one of the most prestigious awards for grad students and will support for his PhD studies at Syracuse University and for his proposed doctoral project, Reconstructing the “city of broken dreams”: Belonging and everyday experiences of public space in producing a new Kabul.

Congratulations to Timur Hammond, who has been selected as a Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellow.

Congratulations to Jane Read, who has been chosen for the inaugural class of TRELIS (Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences) Fellows.

Congratulations to Pam Sertzen who was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. She will research museums, memory, and social justice in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch who has been named an O'Hanley Faculty Scholar by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Congratulations to Sharon Moran, whose NSF proposal, "Citizen Science-Based Monitoring Framework for Contaminants of Emerging Concern in New York State Lakes” was funded. The project is a collaboration with Syracuse University's Dr. Teng Zheng and Upstate Freshwater scientist Dr. David Matthews.

Congratulations to Jake Bendix, whose NSF grant with colleagues at Missouri Sate has been funded. "Impacts of an Extreme Flood on River Channel Formation and Riparian Forests," with Robert T. Pavlowsky, Jacob Bendix, Toby Dogwiler, Derek J. Martin.

Congratulations to undergraduate geography major Maizy Ludden, who has been named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Congratulations to Jonnell Robinson, who has won the 2017 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award--the highest teaching honor given to an untenured faculty member at Syracuse University.

Congratulations to Tom Perreault, who has been named the 2017 United Methodist Scholar Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to David Kelley who has been accepted for an Arctic Summer Field course in Norway this May.

Congratulations to Jesse Quinn, who has been awarded the AAG Eurasia Specialty Group Award Competition for best field research travel proposal - which will give him additional support for his summer research in Georgia.

Congratulations to Jared Van Ramshorst, who has been awarded the 2017 Latin America Specialty Group Field Study Award for his work on migration, emotion, and borders!

Mark Monmonier was interviewed for and mentioned in an article about the Boston school board’s controversial selection of a whole-world map projection for classroom use, in article “Trading One Bad Map for Another?” by Cara Giaimo, posted 29 March 2017, on Atlas Obscura.

Congratulations to Sean Wang, who won the 2017 Ethnic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) Dissertation Proposal Award Competition.

Farhana SultanaFarhana Sultana, associate professor of geography at the Maxwell School, was invited to speak at The Human Right to Water workshop hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on Feb. 23-24, 2017. Pope Francis also spoke at the event, and she had the opportunity to meet with him. Farhana is a co-signatory with Pope Francis on the Vatican Declaration on the Human Right to Water.

Congratulations to Jesse Quinn, who received a research grant for his summer fieldwork in Georgia from the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus. ARISC is one of the prestigious Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which supports research in a number of key international locations.

Congratulations to Patrick Oberle, Emily Bukowski, Jesse Quinn, Jessie Speer, Parvathy Binoy and Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn who have been chosen to receive Roscoe Martin research grants from the Maxwell School.

Congratulations to Mark Monmonier, who was inducted into Urban and Regional Information System Association's (URISA) GIS Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to John Western, one of seven faculty members selected as the inaugural Robert D. McClure Professors of Teaching Excellence. 

Mark Monmonier gave a talk “Geographic Names: Roles, Rhetoric, and Resistance,” the keynote address at the symposium Traditions and Transitions: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, 18 September 2015, in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Congratulations to Farhana Sultana, who has been named Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts at PARRC (Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration) in the Maxwell School.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch for receiving two important awards: Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service, and also Syracuse University Meredith Professors’ Teaching Recognition Award.

Congratulations to Jessie Speer, whose article on homelessness and infrastructure just came out in Urban Geography.

Congratulations to Emily Bukowski, who has been awarded a Society of Woman Geographers Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research. These fellowships are incredibly competitive, as they draws applicants from the entire field of geography.

Congratulations to Emily Mitchell-Eaton, who has just accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Santa Cruz. This fellowship is part of the Mellon Foundation seminar on global migration and non-citizenship and will continue her work on migration, citizenship, and non-sovereign U.S. territories.

Congratulations to Peng Gao who was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group. Under the rules of the organization that also means he will accede to the chairship of the specialty group in a year.

Congratulations to geography major Azor Cole whose article "Nestlé – “To Be or Not To Be” in Cascade Locks" was published in Envirogorge and can be found here.

Congratulations to geography major Emily Barrett one of seven SU students to participate in the 11th annual ACC Meeting of the Minds (M.O.M.) Conference. This conference showcases of some of ACC’s most outstanding scholars, along with their research and creative work. A description of the presenters’ projects, as well as all of the finalists, can be found here.

Congratulations to Jesse Quinn, who has received a 2016-17 Public Humanities Fellowship, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. It carries funding to develop a public humanities research project, travel funds, and gives him access to the various resources and networks of the NYCH.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch, who has been selected to receive the 2016 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award. This is a university-wide award that honors teaching excellence among untenured faculty.

Congratulations to Emily Mitchell-Eaton, who has won the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group Dissertation Proposal Award.

Congratulations to Anne Mosher and Jane Read, whose working group - Digital Data Visualization and Interpretation in the Public Humanities – has been funded by the Humanities Corridor.

Congratulations to Emily Mitchell-Eaton, who was awarded a travel grant by the Association of American Geographers Political Geography Specialty Group.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch and to Susan Millar! Both have been awarded funding from the new Internal Grant Program. Susan’s funding will go toward her project – “The Role of Snow-Removal as a Factor in the Urban Heat Island Effect.” Natalie’s funding will support her work - “Spectacular Cities: Authoritarianism and the New Capitals of Asia.”

Congratulations to Jonnell Robinson, who was announced as an Innovation Fellow at the New Office of Innovation for the City of Syracuse. She will be part of a grant that the city of Syracuse received from Bloomberg Philanthropies to identify innovative approaches to difficult urban problems.

Congratulations to Mark Monmonier, for the publication of the highly anticipated The History of Cartography, Volume Six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press). Mark was the editor of this definitive reference work on twentieth century cartography.

Congratulations to Mark Monmonier who has received a National Science Foundation grant for a project that will analyze cartographic patents, focusing on pre-electronic map-related inventions. The project will also examine histories and contributions of specific inventors.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch, who has been awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for teaching in Azerbaijan.

Congratulations to Joel Radunzel, who has won the 2015 Cartography Specialty Group Honors Student Paper Competition. His paper, “Using the Right Tool: David Woodward’s Suggested Framework for the Study of Military Cartography,” received extraordinarily supportive comments from the judges.

Kudos to Jonnell Robinson (and also to department alumnus Evan Weissman), who have been awarded a seed grant from the Falk School for their National Survey of Mobile Markets.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch, who was elected President of the Political Geography Specialty Group.

Congratulations to Jake Bendix, who is the new president of the AAG Biogeography Specialty Group.

Congratulations to Kelsey Carlson, who was awarded the Political Geography Specialty Group MA paper award! 

A big congratulations to students in GEO 485/685 – Community Geography (and to Jonnell Robinson) for being awarded Honorable Mention for the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship!

Congratulations to Pat Oberle who received the AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group’s 2015 Professional Development Award! As one of five recipients, Pat will receive $250 to offset the cost of attending AAG.

Congratulations to Jesse Quinn who has received a Moynihan European Summer Research Grant from the Maxwell School for his research in Georgia, and who has also received an Outstanding TA award from the Syracuse University Graduate School.

Congratulations to Kelsey Carlson who has won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to Jane Read, who was just awarded an NEH grant for her research with Rachel May and Phil Arnold – “Onondaga Lake: Finding a Restorative Center in Digital Space.” This award will fund the development of a prototype digital map that seeks to combine scientific perspectives with non-Cartesian perspectives (such as those of the indigenous population) that don't map easily to spatial coordinates. It focuses on the historical, cultural, and economic significance of Onondaga Lake near Syracuse, NY. This research will contribute to the digital humanities and will create some great opportunities for our students.

Congratulations to Sean Wang, whose doctoral research on the politics of Chinese birth tourism has been funded by the National Science Foundation.The NSF grant title is "Immigration and the Politics of Citizenship and Race," and Sean will investigate the phenomenon of Chinese birth tourism where pregnant Chinese women – having no intention to migrate to the US permanently at present – travel here to give birth in order to secure foreign citizenship for their children. (The NPR, as well as many national media outlets, ran a story about it:

Congratulations to Madeleine Hamlin who has won a 2015 Cultural Geography Specialty Group Master’s Level Research Grant with her project : “Chicago’s Carceral Geographies: Public Housing and Prisoner Re-Entry in the City.” Maddy will receive her award at the Association of American Geographers Conference in Chicago.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch who was awarded an NSF CNIC (Catalyzing New International Collaborations) grant with Neha Vora (Lafayette College). This grant will fund their project, "Post-oil futures: The impact of American higher education in the Gulf Arab states" and collaboration with colleagues in three Gulf countries.

Congratulations to Justin Hartnett for his recent success presenting his paper - Spatiotemporal Snowfall Trends in Central New York – and winning the Wiesnet Best Student Presentation Award at the Eastern Snow Conference.

Congratulations to Matt Huber who has won a major NSF grant for his research: The Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry: Integrating Industrial Ecology and Political Ecology Approaches.

Congratulations to one of our recent graduates Anthony Cummings who was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Comet Award for geospatial information sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Congratulations to Matt Huber who has won this year's Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research which recognizes outstanding teaching, research and service.

Congratulations to Natalie Koch who has won the AAG Political Geography Specialty Group's Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award.

Congratulations to Matt Huber who has won the 2014 James Blaut Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers for his book Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital.

Congratulations to Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn who has won a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council for the 2014 fellowship year.

Congratulations to Patrick Oberle who was awarded an M.A. thesis research grant by AAG’s Cartography Specialty Group.

Congratulations to Emily Mitchell-Eaton and Sean Wang, who were awarded a Moynihan Challenge grant for their study, “Birth Tourism Panic: Chinese Transnational Citizenship in America’s Pacific Century.”

Congratulations to Farhana Sultana who has won a $10,000 award from the Moynihan Challenge. She has also secured $5,000 from PARCC and $3,000 from CEPA, to organize a network and international workshop on climate change issues and is putting together a multi-disciplinary team with faculty from SU and ESF.

Congratulations to Jamie Winders who has been named an O'Hanley Faculty Scholar by the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. This is a three year appointment which recognizes her contributions to the Maxwell School and includes funds to help support her research.

Congratulations to John Western who has been chosen to receive the 2013 Meredith Award for teaching excellence.  

Congratulations to Nicole Perman and Rose Tardiff, geography majors who have been selected for Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Congratulations to Paul Babbit and Nicole Perman, geography majors who have won National Geographic Society Internships. Paul for Spring 2013 and Nicole for Fall 2013.

Geography major Sean Keefe was named Orange Scholar Athlete of the week for April 9, 2012. Congratulations Sean!

Mitul Baruah has been selected as an Outstanding TA Award recipient for 2011-12. Congratulations Mitul!

Natalie Teale (Geography major, junior) has won acceptance into an NSF-REU program based at Texas A&M on the Ecohydrology of a tropical Montane Forest. She will be working with the team in Costa Rica focusing on the water budget of a small watershed.

Congratulations to David Robinson who recently received the “Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award” for 2011 at the recent Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers meeting in Mérida, Mexico. 

Congratulations to Alejandro Camargo, who recently was awarded a three-year doctoral studies fellowship (the Francisco José de Caldas fellowship) from COLCIENCIAS, Colombia's equivalent of the NSF.

Congratulations to Matt Meszaros, who was selected as a National Geographic Society Geography Intern. Competition for this internship is very intense and draws applicants from across the country. Matt will start at NGS in January 2012 as one of ten interns and will work in their Geography Education program through the end of April 2012. 

Sopher Awards 2011 There are  two awards ($1800) each – from the generous support of Mrs. Terry Sopher & Mr. Phillip Sopher, in honor of longtime Syracuse Geography professor David Sopher. 

Sopher Awards - honorable mention 
Thor Ritz ...Thor’s paper, “The Right to the City, Race and Racism: Thoughts on the Politics of Exclusion, Justice and Strategizing for a Just City,” presents and important and right-on-target critique of the lack of racial theorizing in the right to the city literature.  The committee found the paper to be beautifully crafted, well-written, engaging, clear sense of purpose, and very well-argued. Throughout the paper Thor develops an appropriate balance between nuance and polemic.  Thor’s aims in the paper are clear, his logic in meeting those aims is sound, and that he comes so close to actually exceeding them is impressive.  We think when this paper is published, it will get a lot of notice.  We urge you to read it for yourselves. 

Sopher Awards 
Emily Kaufman ...Emily’s paper, “Whose right to the secure city? The underside of American Homeland Security,” addresses the question of just who post 9/11 security measures in American cities make secure – and who they don’t.  An amazingly sophisticated paper that lays out original, nuanced and logically well supported theoretical claims.  In doing so the paper already moves beyond much of the normative, even utopian arguments of the Right to the City literature to engage in a clear, critical analysis of how particular practices and policies come to bear unevenly across the city’s landscape.  It’s a great read, and hard to find a flaw in.  Like Thor’s paper it will make a splash when it is published. 

Joaquín Villanueva  ... For his dissertation chapter: “Concentration and fragmentation of everyday life: the right to the festival.”  The committee agreed this chapter makes for compelling, fascinating reading that wonderfully integrates existing literature in both Anglophonic and Francophonic spatial sciences with a new theoretical foundation for understanding the changing landscapes of Paris and the formation of the banlieue.  Joaquín weaves his field experiences and evidence throughout his theoretical arguments, allowing each to build off the other, with the panache of a true story-teller.  In the chapter – which comes early in the dissertation – Joaquín pulls off the difficult trick of establishing a sound theoretical foundation for this dissertation and a historical-geographical context for it. 

Congratulations to Jonnell Allen Robinson who has been awarded the 2011 Annual Achievement Award from the New York State GIS Association for her work in helping the City of Syracuse build up its GIS capacity.

Congratulations to Don Mitchell who has been chosen to receive the 2012 Andres Retzius Medal in Gold by the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography. The Retzius Medal is one of the Vega Medals (the Vega Medal itself for a physical geographer, plus two Anders Wahlberg medals) and is named after Swedish anatomist and physiologist Anders Retzius (1796-1860). 

Congratulations to Farhana Sultana whose book The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles  that she co-edited with Alex Loftus has just been published by Earthscan (Taylor and Francis), London UK.

Congratulations to David Robinson who has been elected Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic University of Peru in Lima.

Kudos to two of our geography majors who have made the paper for their work on geographic issues. 
Alaina Mallette was spotlighted in the Daily Orange for her work on water quality and education in the Dominican Republic. Nicole Perman was also featured in the Daily Orange for her work with a new student-led sustainability organization on campus. 

Don Mitchell has been elected by the Syracuse University Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term as faculty representative who attends meetings of the board and executive committee.

Graduating senior Caitlin Cronin has been selected as a Syracuse University Engagement Fellow. Caitlin will be the production coordinator for Outreach with “Cry for Peace,” coordinating travel plans, maintaining relations with the Congolese community and working with faculty on infusing this play with the academic community on campus.

Nancy Hiemstra received an award for best paper from a graduate student from the Association of American Geographers Political Geography Specialty Group. Her paper on US detention and deportation is called "Chaotic Geographies."

Carolyn McChesney, an undergraduate geography major has been named a University Scholar. This is the highest honor an undergraduate can achieve at Syracuse University. University Scholars represent the graduating class at commencement. Congratulations Carolyn!

Alison Mountz whose book Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border, published by the University of Minnesota Press, has been selected to receive the 2010 AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. This award will be presented at the 2011 AAG meeting in Seattle.

Ingrid Butler has been awarded the AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Fellowship Award to support her upcoming field research in New Orleans. The award will be presented at the 2011 AAG meeting in Seattle.

Bob Wilson was the featured guest on the Jefferson Exchange, a daily radio show on the NPR-affiliate Jefferson Public Radio in Oregon. He discussed his recent book Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway. His book examines the conflicts over water, farming, and migratory birds on wildlife refuges in Oregon and elsewhere along the West Coast.  

Jonnell Allen-Robinson was selected to receive the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. This award is given to those in the campus community who make an extraordinary contribution to the University’s Scholarship in Action and recognizes Jonnell’s contributions as the Syracuse Community Geographer.

Geography department alumnus and Syracuse University Scholar Paul Ronan ('06), was quoted in the November 13th issue of The Economist, a leading weekly news magazine.  Paul is a co-founder of the Washington-based non-profit organization Resolve, which works to educate the US public and lobby politicians about the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Uganda.  Paul was the only US-based expert quoted in the article ('Lords of woe: Uganda's dangerous rebels'), which discussed the war's civilian toll. 

Jeremy Bryson  was awarded a Quadrant Fellowship at the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2010.

Declan Cullen has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his Doctoral Dissertation Research project, "The Commission of Government, Culture, and Place in Newfoundland, Canada, 1933-1949."

Tom Perreault has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship for 2010-11.  This will allow him  to conduct fieldwork in Bolivia for his project, "Mine-related water contamination and rural livelihoods in the Bolivian Andes."

Three students earned distinctions for their undergraduate theses:
Shehtaaz Zaman earned Distinction in Geography for his thesis, "The Bangladeshi Miracle: Post-Colonial Bangladesh and the Central Challenges Facing the Political Economy".
Alexis Kinney earned both Distinction in Geography and University Honors for her thesis, "The Commodification of the Modern Black Man:  Examining the Effect of Drug Laws on the New York State Prison Industrial Complex".
Amory Hillengas earned Distinction in Geography and University Honors for her thesis, "Accessibility in the Syracuse Food Desert"

Geography majors Caitlin Cronin and Carolyn McChesney were named 2010-11 Remembrance Scholars. Remembrance Scholarships are among the highest awards Syracuse University students can receive and are given to seniors chosen for scholarship, citizenship, and service to the community. The mission of the Remembrance Scholars is to educate the campus community about terrorism by relating Syracuse University’s experience of Pam Am Flight 103 to more current events, and though education, to honor and remember all 270 lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, especially the 35 students from Syracuse University.

Timothy Rittenhouse (geography major), Hilary Mansur (geography minor), and Elysa Smigielski (geography minor) were selected from this year’s graduating class as 2010 SU Engagement Fellows. This award supports student projects of various sorts within the local community and in line with SU Scholarship in Action.

Alison Mountz has won the  Political Geography Specialty Group's Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award.  This award is given to an individual who has received her/his Ph.D. within the past ten years, in honor of contributions that have generated new interest in the subfield and/or opened up new areas of inquiry for political geographic research.

Jackie Micieli has also won this year’s Graduate School Outstanding TA Award.

Jackie Micieli has been awarded the Susan Hanson Dissertation Proposal Award for her proposal "Remembering 9/11: the Social Production of Memory and Memorialization." Jackie will be granted a monetary award and feted at the business meeting of the Geographic Perspectives on Women specialty group, and the AAG award luncheon.

Lisa Bhungalia has been awarded a grant by the Palestinian-American Research Council for her research titled “Governance and the Security-Development Complex in Post-Oslo Palestine: A Case Study of USAID."

Katie Wells has been named a recipient of this year's AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Graduate Student Fellowship.

Carolyn McChesney, a geography major has been selected for Phi Beta Kappa. This is a great honor and will be recognized in a ceremony in Maxwell Auditorium on May 14th, 2010 at 2:30pm.

Brynne Presser, a geography major was awarded a Mark and Pearle Clements Internship. This award enables recipients to undertake internships not possible without financial help. Clements Interns will usually spend one semester or summer away from the University, working with an expert who can help them explore opportunities to link theory and practice in the world of work.

Farhana Sultana facilitated a number of events surrounding the 2010 University Lecture visit of Dr. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and hosted him during his stay.


Jamie Winders has won a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Fellowship. This will allow Jamie to complete the manuscript for her Russell Sage funded study of Latino migration in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eunyoung Choi has received the 2009 David E. Sopher Memorial Scholarship for her paper: "Everyday Practices of Bordering and the Threatened Bodies of Undocumented North Korean Border-Crossers."

Katie Wells has received the 2009 David E. Sopher Memorial Scholarship for her paper: "Selling Shelters: Public property Gentrification in Washington, DC."

Tom Perreault has been named the Arts and Science Faculty Advisor of the Year by the SU College of Arts and Sciences.

Keith Lindner has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant for his project, "Returning the Commons: Resource Access and Environmental Governance in Southern Colorado."

Alison Mountz has had her CAREER grant proposal - "Geographies of Sovereignty: Global Migration, Legality, and the Island Index" -funded by the National Science Foundation.

Alison Mountz is receiving one of Syracuse University's Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition awards.

Tod Rutherford, along with John Holmes at Queen's University, has been awarded a grant by SSHRC (the Canadian social sciences funding agency) to study "workplace governance and cross border region formation b/w Canada and the US."

Jeremy Bryson won the Andrew Hill Clark Award from the Historical Geography Specialty Group for the best paper by a PhD student. His paper is titled "The nature of urban renewal: Expo '74, Riverfront Park, and gentrification in Spokane, 1960-1975."

Matt Himley won the Best Student Paper Award for the AAG's Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group. His paper is titled "On Method and Metric: The Politics of Assessing Mining's Environmental Impacts in Andean Peru."

Keith Lindner has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship with the UC Berkeley Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships. This Fellowship will allow Keith to conduct the fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Returning the Commons: Resource Access and Environmental Governance in Southern Colorado."

Grad student Keith Lindner won this year's student paper competition for the AAG's Political Geography Specialty Group, for his paper "The Struggle for La Sierra: Contested Natures and Sovereign Scriptings in the San Luis Valley, CO."

Grad student Kate Senner's paper on Alaskan colonial legacies has been awarded the GPOW Glenda Laws Student Paper Award for its innovative engagement with feminist geography. Kate will be recognized at the AAG Awards luncheon in Las Vegas.

Alison Mountz has won  the inaugural William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. This Fellowship recognizes Alison's scholarly accomplishments and will provide opportunity for her to meet and network with an interdisciplinary set of researchers. It will also allow her to complete work on a new book manuscript,  Archipelago of Exclusion: The Shrinking Space of Asylum.

Mark Monmonier who has been awarded the Mercator Medal from the German Society for Cartography. This medal is awarded for internationally outstanding contributions to the advancement of cartography and was presented at the opening ceremony of the German Society's conference in September 2009.

David Robinson, Dellplain Professor of Latin American Geography, has been appointed the principal US Representative to the Commission on Geography of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History.

Congratulations to grad student Lucy Kammer, 2009 recipient of the Analytical Spectral Devices (ASD) Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program for use of the FieldSpec3 Spectrometer and 2009 Recipient of the Ta Liang Memorial Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) for research related travel.

Congratulations to grad students Declan Cullen and Jackie Micieli, winners of 2008 Sopher Awards. Each winner receives $1500 for use in research and scholarly development.

Congratulations to graduating senior Kristin Novak, whose honors thesis, "Overfishing and Environmental Justice in Marine Fisheries," was named this year's best thesis in the social sciences, by the Renee Crown Honors Program. Congratulations also to Kristin's advisor Tom Perreault.

Congratulations to graduating senior Katie Gill, University Scholar and chosen to deliver the student speech on behalf of the graduating class of ’08. She is also the recipient of the 2008 National Council for Geographic Education Outstanding Student Award.

Don Mitchell was awarded the Wassertrom Award for Graduate Advising by the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

Don Mitchell has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for next year. His project is called “Bracero: Remaking the California Landscape, 1942-1964.” This is one of only three Guggenheim awards given this year to geographers. (190 total awards given to 2600 applicants) Other SU geographers who have won this award include: David Robinson (1991-92), Mark Monmonier (1984-85) and Don Meinig (1966-67).

Jamie Winders has received the Maxwell School Moynihan Award. This is a highly competitive award for both teaching and research excellence for untenured faculty in the Maxwell School.

Two Syracuse University Geography students have been awarded 2008 National Geographic Society internships: Geography minor Stevie Sigan has been awarded an NGS internship for Spring, 2008, and Geography major Hallie Stiller has been awarded an internship for Summer, 2008. NGS internships are highly selective, and this is a huge honor both for the students and for the department.

Matt Himley has been awarded a Fulbright-IIE grant *and* a Fulbright-Hays grant for his dissertation research in Peru, "Frontiers of Capital: Mining, Mobilization and Resource Governance in the Peruvian Andes."