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Showcasing the latest achievements, accolades, research, events and stories from the Department of Geography and Urban Studies  in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

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Carlos Bonilla, 2016 Summer of Maps Fellow

  This summer, Geography and Urban Studies alum Carlos Bonilla was one of three students to participate in Summer of Maps. Summer of Maps is a three-month fellowship. hosted by Azavea, a spatial analysis B-Corporation in Philadelphia.  This is the second year in a row that a GUS alum has participated in the fellowship. Summer of Maps…
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Reilly Wilson, ’12 alumna, on the criminalization of play

Geography and Urban Studies alumna Reilly Bergin Wilson (CLA, ’12) was recently interviewed to comment on her research surrounding the developmental importance and criminalization of children’s free play, especially as it impacts Black and Brown children.  She advocates for free play, unstructured play time, and play spaces designed for children’s creativity while calling into question recent policies…
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Professor Emerita Dr. Marilyn Silberfein, Lifelong Learner

After 45 years as a member of the Geography and Urban Studies faculty, Dr. Marilyn Silberfein retired and went on to pursue an Associate’s degree in Horticulture at Ambler Campus. She now has a Bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s of Arts and PhD in Geography from Syracuse University, and an Associate’s degree…
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Spring 2016 Alumni Newsletter

Check out our second Geography & Urban Studies and Environmental Studies Alumni Newsletter! Keep an eye out for upcoming alumni events in Philadelphia. Contact guses@temple.edu with your updates or to get involved with upcoming events.


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Graduate students help design an interactive exhibit for the Franklin Institute

Shortly after Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Grant, for her work on the body from a geographical perspective, she joined forces with GUS faculty Kevin Henry, Hamil Pearsall and Michele Masucci, and reached across disciplines to faculty in biology and education to pursue a National Research Foundation trainee…
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“Why do Indian-Americans win spelling bee contests?” by Dr. Sanjoy Chakravorty

In the days following the 2016 Scripps Spelling Bee, the BBC News published an article titled “Why do Indian-Americans win spelling bee contests?”  by  Geography and Urban Studies faculty Dr. Sanjoy Chakravorty. His article asks why Indian-American students are exceptionally successful in the Scripps Spelling Bee, the National Geographic Bee and other academic competitions, but…
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Have You Herd? An Intro to Herd Immunity

As part of a National Science Foundation grant exploring bio-social partnerships, GUS Faculty, Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy developed a special topics course this spring titled Bodies in Geography. In the course, students were expected to develop an interactive final project that was examining where biology and society meet.  Projects included seasonal affective disorder and the impacts of…
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The Rad Dish Co-op: an entirely student-run cafe on campus

The Rad Dish Cafe grew from a “spitballed” idea in Dr. Tina Rosan’s Environmental Studies Senior Seminar in 2011 to an entirely student-run cafe on campus, opened in 2015. Students participated in independent studies with Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy in GUS and faculty in Fox to identify ethical and local food sourcing options and develop a business…
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Joel Kirkland Cornell, December 21, 1987 – April 15, 2016

Joel Kirkland Cornell, December 21, 1987 – April 15, 2016 The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University is greatly saddened by the sudden death of our student and friend, Joel Kirkland Cornell.  Joel died on April 15 in Philadelphia of natural causes. Joel was a graduate of the Woodlynde School, Howard University…
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