Friday, April 29, 2011

Graduate Student Awards for Academic Year 2010–2011; Department of Geography, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (part 2)

Extraordinary Service to the Department Award
Melanie Barron
Since beginning the graduate program in the fall of 2010 Melanie has thrived. Her research on the truth and reconciliation movement in Boston has the potential to transform legacies and geographies of violence and is socially relevant and critically engaged with inequality and social justice. In addition, her project is expanding and refocusing her advisor's research. Melanie's research acumen was recognized by the Qualitative Research Specialty Group through their Research Grant Program and is indicative of her progress as an aspiring academic. This award will facilitate in her fieldwork this summer that will be conducted in Boston, MA. In addition, Melanie has emerged as a leader in the department. She helped organize the Geography Awareness week activities and her presence in the department has made her a dependable and reliable student. Her leadership potential was recognized when she was asked to take over the "Brown Bag Series on Professional Development", a job that is normally reserved for a more senior PhD level student. Melanie always maintains a positive attitude and is excited to go to as many conferences as possible to meet people in the field. Her attitude is evident by the amount of effort and time she spends to make sure she is involved in all aspects of the department.

Dawn Drake
As Dawn Drake and Ben Shultz finish their doctoral studies at UT, the department would like to thank them for their extraordinary service throughout the past four years. Where to begin? Ben & Dawn have served as role models for human geographers in many ways but a few quickly come to mind. Despite their busy schedules, commitments, and workload as they moved rapidly through our program, they were never too busy to answer questions from other grad students, serve on committees, or to help others in any way possible. Their positive, can- do attitudes always contributed to the social glue of our department, and they will truly be missed.

Ben Shultz
As Dawn Drake and Ben Shultz finish their doctoral studies at UT, the department would like to thank them for their extraordinary service throughout the past four years. Where to begin? Ben & Dawn have served as role models for human geographers in many ways but a few quickly come to mind. Despite their busy schedules, commitments, and workload as they moved rapidly through our program, they were never too busy to answer questions from other grad students, serve on committees, or to help others in any way possible. Their positive, can- do attitudes always contributed to the social glue of our department, and they will truly be missed.


Student Publication Award
Maria Caffrey

Caffrey, M.A., Taylor, M.J., and Sullivan, D.G. In press. A 12,000-yr record of vegetation and climate from the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Guatemala. Journal of Latin American Geography, 10(2). (Will be in September 2011 issue).

Eric Carr
Ling Yin, Shih-Lung Shaw, Dali Wang, Eric Carr, Michael Berry, Louis Gross, and Jane Comiskey. A problem-solving framework of integrating GIS and parallel computing for spatial control problems - A case study of wildfire control", International Journal of Geographical Information Science, accepted with minor revision.

Dawn Drake
Drake, D.M. and R.V. Kalafsky. "Entry into China and market intelligence: Machine tool exporters as a case study in human geography." Education About Asia, in press.
Drake, D.M. "Agriculture, Economics, and Milk." In Food and Famine in the 21st Century: Volume I. William A. Dando, Ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio (forthcoming 2012).
Drake, D.M. "The US Farm Machinery Industry in a Global Market." In Food and Famine in the 21st Century: Volume I. William A. Dando, Ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio (forthcoming 2012).

Niki Garland
Niki A. Garland, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Kathleen Deagan, Grant L. Harley, and Gifford Waters (Accepted). Dendrochronological Dating of Wood from the Fountain of Youth Park Site (8SJ31), St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.A. To be published in Tree-Ring Research.

Tim Green
L. De Grandpré, J.C. Tardif, Amy E. Hessl, Neil Pederson, F. Conciatori, Timothy R. Green, Oyunsannaa Byambasuren, and Bataarbileg Nachin. "Climate Signals in Pinus siberica, Pinus sylvestris and Larix sibirica Tree- Ring Chronologies from North-Central Mongolia: Change in Climate Sensitivity". Accepted by the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Grant Harley
Harley, G.L., H.D. Grissino-Mayer, and S.P. Horn. 2011. The Dendrochronology of Pinus elliottii in the Lower Florida Keys: Chronology Development and Climate Response. Tree-Ring Research 67 (1): 39–50. (Submitted July 2010).
Polk, J.S., G.L. Harley, R. Brooks, L. Elder, and T. Turner. 2011. The Karst Conservancy’s Efforts Toward Cave and Karst Protection and Education in the United States. NSS News, April 2011, In Press. (Submitted November 2010).
Harley, G.L., L.B. LaForest, and H.D. Grissino-Mayer. 2011. Dendrochronological Dating of the Lund-Spathelf House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. Tree-Ring Research, In Press. (Submitted July 2010).
Harley, G.L., J.S. Polk, L.A. North, and P. Reeder. 2011. Application of a cave inventory system to stimulate development of management strategies: The case of west-central Florida, USA. Journal of Environmental Management, In Press. (Submitted September 2010).
Garland, N.A., H.D. Grissino-Mayer, K. Deagan, G.L. Harley, and G. Waters. 2011. Dendrochronological Dating of Wood from the Fountain of Youth Park Archaeological Site (8SJ31), St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.A. Tree-Ring Research, Accepted pending minor revision on March 24, 2011. (Submitted July 2010).

Lisa LaForest
Philip B. White, Saskia L. van de Gevel, Lisa B. LaForest, Georgina G. DeWeese, and Henri D. Grissino- Mayer, 2011. Climatic Response of Oak Species across an Environmental Gradient in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, U.S.A. Tree-Ring Research 67(1): 27–37.
Grant L. Harley, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Lisa B. LaForest, and Patrick McCauley, 2011 (Accepted). Dendrochronological Dating of the Lund-Spathelf House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. To be published in Tree- Ring Research.

Robert Stewart
Stewart, R.N. and Tom Purucker. (2011) "An Environmental Decision Support System for Spatial Assessment and Selective Remediation." Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 26 (6), p. 751-760.

John Thomason
Lane, C.S., Horn, S.P., Orvis, K.H, and Thomason, J.M. Oxygen Isotope Evidence of Little Ice Age Aridity on the Caribbean Slope of the Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic. Quaternary Research, forthcoming.




Ling Yin
Ling Yin, Shih-Lung Shaw, Dali Wang, Eric Carr, Michael Berry, Louis Gross, and Jane Comiskey. A problem-solving framework of integrating GIS and parallel computing for spatial control problems - A case study of wildfire control", International Journal of Geographical Information Science, accepted with minor revision.
Ling Yin, Shih-Lung Shaw, and Hongbo Yu. 2011. Potential effects of ICT on face-to-face meeting opportunities: A GIS-based time-geographic exploratory approach, Journal of Transport Geography, 19(3), 422- 433.

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