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The KU Geography Department has an online Alumni Directory to help alumni keep in touch, and a Professional Network to advise Geography and Atmospheric Science students on careers in their respective fields.
Randy Baker, Geography/Atmospheric Science Advisory Board member and Atmospheric Science alumnus (B.S. 1985) was interviewed recently for Weatherbrains podcast.
|Thank you Lauren, who writes "My husband is a May 2009 graduate with a Bachelor of General Studies in Geography. His name is John A. Irvine, Jr and is currently serving in Afghanistan deployed from Fort Campbell, KY. He is able to use the knowledge gained in his geography classes to help plan the reconnaissance missions he oversees as a Platoon Leader and to better navigate the difficult terrain they are living in. He has shared a few pictures from Afghanistan and he thought this was a good one with his World Map :)"|
KU graduate David Eversole accepted an award given to the Mobile NWS Office:
THE AWARD FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL SPECIFIC PREDICTION
NWS Weather Forecast Office, Mobile, Alabama
For accurately predicting and communicating the 11-12 February 2010 Deep South snowfall event.
I was just nominated for an Emmy for Best Weathercast from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Winners will be announced on September 25, 2010, in Minneapolis.
Chad Sandwell, KU Class of '95 (BA Atmospheric Science)
Siouxland's Chief Meteorologist
Sioux City, IA
w-712-277-3557 ext. 148
Daniel Peters, B.A. 2006
I'm working as an audience insight analyst at National Public Radio's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Sam Wallace, M.A. 1994
After years of adjunct "road warrior" teaching in the Philly area, I've moved to full-time temporary, and now full-time permanent instruction. I am trying to start up a GIS program at Montgomery County Community College in Philadelphia's nw suburbs. I score AP Human Geography exams in the summer and that took me to Lincoln, NE in '07, so I went out and drove around for a week. I remembered where I got some of my color preferences and how much I love the wind.
Wesley Riggs, B.G.S. 1987
I still have no more idea of how to find a job in Geography than I did when I graduated. If anything, my travels to Japan, Korea, and China have only strengthened my interest in the field. I am planning to get back into teaching at the middle school level next year if I am accepted into the alternative certification program here in Fort Worth. My wife, Dr. Haiqiong Riggs, and I remain huge KU fans from afar. We are hoping to find tickets for the A&M basketball game.
Alan MacEachren, Ph.D. 1979
I'm a Professor of Geography and Affiliate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State where I've been since 1985. I direct the GeoVISTA Center there - for more details, see: www.geovista.psu.edu
Roger M. McCoy, Ph.D. 1967
Now retired and writing. Two books have come out since retirement. One on field methods in remote sensing, and one on the life of Alfred Wegener...his continental drift theory and Greenland expeditions. Sue is back to painting and is getting accepted into juried shows. We're living in Arizona to get away from the respiratory effects of the dirty air of Salt Lake City.
Ronald Stubbs, B.A. 1986
My BA in Geography led to an MA in Latin American Studies at KU (1987). I moved to Miami in 1988 and did GIS work in epidemiology and public health at the University of Miami School of Medicine in the early '90s. Returned to graduate school in 1996 at Florida International University, completed my PhD in Sociology in 2002, and currently am professor in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus. Helped lead effort to develop and gain approval for two new geography courses and the (re-)activation of the AA degree program in Geography at MDC in 2006.
Hugh Howard, Ph.D. 2003
Dennis Fitzsimons, Ph.D. 1981
Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Teaching areas: Cartography, Map Design, Cartographic Education, Geographic Research and Writing.
George Pangburn, M.A. 1974
After graduating from KU, worked for several years for Westinghouse, doing energy and environmental work. Got a second Master's at Pitt from their School of Engineering and did graduate work in Public Administration at Univerity of Colorado. I've been with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission since 1980, in the DC area, Denver, and Philadelphia. Currently serving as Deputy Director of NRC's Office of Federal and State Programs in Rockville, Md. My wife, Pam, and I live in Columbia, MD and my daughter was married last year and is a teacher, also in Columbia.
Jerry Coiner, Ph.D. 1975
My wife (Eloise) and I continue to travel extensively in the developing world. My major non-travel interest is philately (Asia/Pacific & Colonial Powers).
Michael DeMers, Ph.D. 1985
|Dr. Michael DeMers (Ph.D. 1985), Associate Professor of Geography at New Mexico State University. Hi to all my friends at KU. I’m on sabbatical until January and will be spending most of the time writing. I will have the fourth edition of my textbook, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, published by January, 2008. I also have a contract to write GIS for Dummies. It’s anticipated that this will be available in January as well. Dolores is a realtor with RE/MAX here in Las Cruces and her business is doing well considering the downturn in the real estate market. We’ve lived in our new home for a bit over a year now. Hopefully we can get the landscaping done within the next couple of years. If you are planning on being in southern New Mexico e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know. We’ve got an extra bedroom… wink wink.|
Taylor Mack, M.A. 1992
|Taylor is currently the geographer in the Department of Social Sciences at Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston, in the northern part of Louisiana. He teaches a wide variety of geography courses, including World Regional, Cultural, Economic, Urban, Physical, North America, Latin America, and Geography of the South. Taylor's research is on the Historical Geography of Honduras, and he has recently been examining the port cities of Omoa and Puerto Cortez, as well as the Honduran Trans Oceanic Railway of the 1870s (they only laid about 58 miles of track!). Taylor is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Latin America Specialty Group (LASG) of the AAG, a Board Member of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG), and is the Editor of the joint LASG & CLAG Newsletter.