October 4, 2011



Geography faculty have busy summer

By Communications and Marketing

Several K-State department of geography faculty members made presentations or presented posters and papers at various professional events this summer.

They include:

Kevin Blake, professor of geography, presented "The settings of Zane Grey's Westerns" at the annual meeting of the Zane Grey’s West Society, June 20-23, in Williamsburg, Va.

John Harrington Jr., professor of geography, presented "Consilience and collaboration: The changing nature of scholarship," an invited banquet address at the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Kansas Center for Solar Energy Research conference, June 12, in Manhattan. Harrington also gave the invited presentation, "Lessons learned from GCLP and HERO," at the Maps and Locals Workshop June 6 in Oregon. Harrington also was co-author of the conference workshop report. Harrington, along with John Blair, university distinguished professor of biology, and Samantha Wisely, associate professor of biology, presented the poster "Human dimensions of ecological change in the Flint Hills at the Konza Long-Term Ecological Research site review," June 1-2, in Manhattan.

Lisa M.B. Harrington, professor of geography, presented "Conceptualizations of rural sustainability and issues of rural change" at Rural Development–Rural Geography: Theories and Applications, the seventh Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers, July 13-20, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada. Harrington served as a session chair. She presented "Framing of conflict and geographic concepts: An LNG terminal in the rural U.S. Pacific Northwest" at the 19th Colloquium of the IGU Commission on Rural Systems, Aug. 1-7, in Glasgow, Ireland. She also served as a session chair.

Kendra McLauchlan, assistant professor of geography, and Christopher Morris, master's student in geography, and J.L. Commerford, a summer 2010 master's graduate, presented "Reconstructing grassland vegetation on the Southern Great Plains in North America" as the 96th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Austin, Texas.

Max Lu, associate professor of geography, published "Ad hoc regionalism in rural development" in the Geographical Review 101(3): 334-352.