2014 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society

  • 11/07/2014
  • 8:00 AM
  • 11/08/2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • State College, PA

Registration is closed

The PGS annual meeting committee invites proposals for the 2014 PGS Annual Meeting in State College, PA on November 7-8, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Days Inn Penn State in State College, PA. Papers and posters on all geographic topics are accepted.

Paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes; abstracts of a maximum of 200 words should be submitted with registration. Paper session will be held on Friday and Saturday morning, while posters will be on display all day on Friday. Please visit the PGS website for poster size restrictions. Abstract submissions for papers and posters will not be accepted after October 24th! No exceptions! You will be required to submit your abstract information on-line through the PGS web site. Suggestions for workshops, organized paper sessions and thematic discussion panels are also welcome. Please contact the meeting chair, Brent Zaprowski (bjzaprowski@salisbury.edu), if you are interested in running a workshop or special session.

Students are encouraged to enter the paper contest or the Elaine F. Bosowski poster contest and cash awards are presented to the best graduate and undergraduate student papers, maps or posters displayed at the annual meeting. Any graduate or undergraduate student who is registered and presenting at the PGS meeting is eligible to compete in the student paper competition if they choose. However, students must be available to present their papers or posters on Friday. Separate competitions will be held for graduate and undergraduate students. Students may enter the paper or poster contest simply by checking the appropriate box on the registration form when registering for the conference. For more information, please visit the PGS website: http://www.thepgs.org/studentawards  

The PGS Annual Luncheon will be held in the Linden Room at the Days Inn. The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Clio Andris, Assistant Professor of Geography at Penn State (http://www.geog.psu.edu/people/andris-clio-0). Her research integrates urban planning, spatial analysis, and GIS to understand how the world connects through systems of contacts (social networks and flows). 

The PGS Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Friday night will be held at Nittany Lion Inn, which is a relatively modest walking distance (~ 1 mile) from the Days Inn. For those who wish to drive, free parking is available in deck next to NLI (with ticket validation at front desk). (http://www.nittanylioninn.psu.edu/)

This year’s banquet speaker is the 2014 PGS Distinguished Geographer award winner Dr. Petra Tschakert, Associate Professor of Geography and Earth-Environmental Systems at Penn State (http://www.geog.psu.edu/people/tschakert-petra). Dr. Tschakert is Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), working on Chapter 13 (“Livelihoods and Poverty”) of the Working Group II Report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and is part of the Core Writing Team of the AR5 Synthesis Report.

Registration for the meeting will begin on September 15th. Participants who register for the meeting by October 24th will receive a $10 discount on meeting registration fees. All meeting participants are required to submit their registration information through the on-line meeting website. We strongly encourage participants to make credit card payments on-line via PayPal, but paper checks are also accepted. Please be sure to make the checks out to PGS and mail them to:

Brent Zaprowski

Department of Geography and Geosciences

Salisbury University

1101 Camden Ave.

Salisbury, MD 21801

Hotel rooms are available at the discounted rate of $99/night plus tax, parking included. Amenities include a fitness center and indoor heated pool. Unfortunately the Days Inn will only guarantee rooms through October 8th, so please book your rooms early. Be sure to use group reference code CGGEOG

Days Inn Penn State

240 South Pugh Street

State College, PA 16801

1-800-258-3297 (toll-free) or 814-238-8454 (local)


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