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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.


“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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Dr. Kolson Schlosser receives 2016 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

Congratulations Dr. Kolson Schlosser on receiving a 2016 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award! Dr. Schlossor is an Assistant Professor of Instruction and the 2015-2016 Director of Environmental Studies. His research interests include Geohumanities, Political Ecology, Environmental History, Geography Education. Dr. Schlosser teaches GUS 821: Digital Mapping and GUS/ENST 842: Sustainable Environments as part of the General Education Program and…
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GUS and ES Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Awardees!   Departmental Awards Carolyn Adams Award in Geography and Urban Studies Elizabeth Coffey Henry N. Michael Prize in Geography and Urban Studies Anthony Bernadzikowski Patrick Stocking Memorial Prize Samantha Schuetz Delaware Valley Geographical Association Award Caroline Slama Environmental Studies Award Jessica Waldinger Geography and Urban Studies Department Award for Outstanding…
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Join us: Dr. Anthony Bebbington’s Ben Kohl Memorial Lecture

Dr. Anthony Bebbington is the Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.  Dr. Bebbington will be giving this year’s Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture in commemoration of Dr. Kohl, in commemoration of GUS faculty Dr. Kohl and his dedication to social justice and Latin…
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Dr. Hayes-Conroy’s “Bodies in Geography” gives students a new perspective

This spring semester,  Geography and Urban Studies faculty Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy is teaching Bodies in Geography, a new course, open to graduate and undergraduate students. Bodies in Geography is a unique course. Focusing on “how to integrate life sciences and social sciences to understand the body,” Dr. Hayes-Conroy encourages physical awareness in the class. The classroom…
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Meet a GUS Grad: Caroline Slama

“Asked to reflect on my time as a Temple GUS undergraduate, my first instinct was to write an abstract for a hypothetical research paper.  Write what you know, as they say. “In this post, I seek to introduce myself, Caroline Slama, a Fall 2015 graduate who majored in Geography and Urban Studies (GUS). Interrogating my lived experiences,…
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