Plaid Avengers, the GAGs trivia team and 2011 champions of the McCombs Business School International Week Trivia Night declined to defend their title this year, citing organizational and scheduling issues. The team, who cruised somewhat effortlessly to victory last year after garnering a satisfactory 88 points, will be remembered for their characteristic patterned shirts of alternating colored threads and continuous state of awareness throughout the competition. “In the moment, I don’t think we realized the gravity of our achievement,” recalled team alumnus Jonathan Lowell, “I mean, each of us was experiencing coherent cognitive and behavioral responses to the external world.” Although the fully-conscious, tartan-clad bunch will, by default, lose their status as reigning trivia champions when the 2012 competition kicks off on Wednesday, the Plaid Avengers’ legacy endures. While noting that he preferred tweed, university president Bill Powers said of the teams’ 2011 victory, “[Plaid Avengers’] complete wakefulness and indisputably crisscrossed attire will not be forgotten in the relatively near future.”
Doctoral candidates Naya Jones and Bisola Falola co-organized and chaired two sessions at the 2012 Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference (hosted in part by the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of AAG) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Both sessions were titled: (En)countering Space, Place, and Agency: Everyday Youth Geographies
Naya presented: Of Soul Food and Barbacoa: Black and Latin@ Youth, Food, and Intersubjectivity
Bisola presented: Entangled Emotions: Connecting the Links between Race, Emotional Landscapes, and Youths’ Future Expectations
The sessions were well attended and had engaging discussions!
Department of Geography and the Environment graduate students and faculty members traveled to Las Cruces, NM, last week to present their research at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SWAAG). Congratulations to the presenters for their hard work!
The Case of the Missing Laureate: The Communication Geography of the 2010 Nobel
Peace Prize; Dr. Paul Adams
Rural-to-Rural Trading in the City: Artisanal Sugarcane Liquor Commercialization in
the Northeastern Peruvian Amazon; Mario Cardozo
Spatial Analysis of Woody Species in Northwest Botswana; Thomas Christiansen
An Evolving Home: Communal Vision and Changing Livelihood in an Amazonian
Religious Community; Jonathan Lowell*
Land Cover Change in Seronga, Botswana Between 2003 and 2011; Xuebin Yang*
*denotes participation in student competitions
|Graduate students at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico|
The discovery, extraction, and monopolistic control of key natural resources was a priority of New Spain’s colonial administration. Managing the region’s abundant resources, however, often proved difficult for the Spanish Crown. Human and environmental challenges impeded protoindustrial growth and development, and monopolistic control of resources often met resistance. In this article I examine these processes in the context of New Spain’s little-known monopoly on sulphur—a yellow, powdery mineral the Crown jealously guarded as its own.
[event] Food for Black Thought
Fri, September 28, 2012 • 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM • The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
The 2-day community + action symposium will take place at the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (UT Austin) and at the George Washington Carver Cultural Center. Facilitators and presenters include youth and adults, from the University of Texas at Austin, the greater Austin community, and from across the United States.
Doctoral student Kathleen Shafer has received a residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Wendover, Utah site. Wendover was a stop on the Western Pacific Railroad and later home to the Wendover Air Force Base which trained B-17 and B-24 bomber crews. Much of the air base remains intact. Shafer will spend one month in Wendover this October/November.
The Center operates a residence program to support the development of new interpretive methodologies and ideas. The program is open to artists, researchers, theorists, or anyone who works with land and land use issues in an innovative and engaging manner. Residents primarily work out of the CLUI facilities at Wendover, Utah, and explore and interpret the landscape of that unique and inspiring geographic region, which includes the Great Salt Lake and its desert and salt-flat environs. More information can be found at the CLUI website at http://clui.org/.
Two graduate students in the Department of Geography and the Environment received Summer 2012 Research Grants from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LILAS). Ph.D. student Josh Rudow received a grant for preliminary dissertation research in Peru. He will investigate how small- to medium-sized farmers are adapting to the effects of climate change, including unpredictable weather conditions and loss of glacier melt. Master’s student Katherine Lininger also received a grant to conduct research on floodplain processes on the Araguaia River in the Brazilian Cerrado.