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CAS faculty and students to spearhead AAG annual meeting

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Association of American Geographer’s esteemed annual meeting is coming to Tampa, Fla., from April 8-12, 2014. The University of South Florida also plans to be there on the forefront.

The AAG Annual meeting, held since 1904, is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines including anthropology and public health.

The meeting will be located at the Tampa Convention Center with sessions also occurring at the Tampa Marriott Waterside hotel and the Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotel.

This year’s meeting expects to draw more than 7,000 geographers from across the world. The conference also will host more than 4,000 presentations, posters, workshops and fieldtrips from academic scholars, scientists and researchers. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet and network with geographers, environmental scientists and GIS specialists.

During a span of five days, top authorities within the broad field of geography will host sessions discussing a wide variety of themes including:

• Geographies of Climate Change

• GIScience

• GIS and Policy

• Racism Violence Scale

• Sustainability: The American South

Michael E. Mann, an American climatologists and acclaimed climate change authority, also is scheduled to talk at the annual meeting. Mann will present his lecture “Dire predictions: Understanding Global Warming” on Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m.

Faculty and students at the University of South Florida also are taking a critical role within the meeting. Jennifer Collins and Graham Tobin, professors within the College of Arts and Sciences are serving as co-chairs of the local arrangements committee for this event.

“I’ve been excited about being the co-chair with Graham Tobin and bringing six to 8,000 people in Tampa and having USF so involved,” Collins said. “It’ll be a great opportunity for people around the nation and internationally to know more about Tampa Bay and USF.”

More than 30 field trips are scheduled for the event. Many field trips have been organized by faculty and students at USF.

Collins has organized a field trip to see the NOAA hurricane hunters and a NOAA WP-3D plane at MacDill Air force Base. Charlie Paxton, a graduate student in the School of Geosciences will also lead a field trip to Ft. Desoto Beach to examine natural and nourished beaches and dunes. A field trip to USF Botanical Gardens also is scheduled.

“It is a unique opportunity to have the AAG meeting here in Tampa, allowing our students, faculty and those with interests in the community to register,” Collins said. For more information on how to register for the AAG Annual Meeting, please visit the AAG website.

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Author: Kristan McCants