UWP geography students attend AAG conference

November 7, 2003

Five UW-Platteville students and two UWP faculty members traveled to Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo Mich., to attend the East Lakes and West Lakes Regional Meeting of the Association of the American Geographers (AAG) held on Thursday, through Saturday Oct. 18.

"For the faculty, the purpose was to become aware of the latest research in the field of geography, become familiar with these results so that we can utilize them in our teaching, and to present the results of our research to others. For the students, the purpose was to grow in their development as geographers, to learn more about the field of geography, to meet and get to know some of the leadership in the field of geography and to assist in their development as researchers in geography," said Richard Waugh, UWP professor of geography.

Robb Kerr, a faculty member in the geography department delivered a paper entitled "Heimat, USA: The Making of Homeland in the American Media since September 11, 2001.

"This paper was very well received by the conference, and it was very useful to our students to see their professors in the role of research geographer presenting to peers," said Waugh.

There were over 130 individual presentations and another 25 posters presented covering an enormous range of topics.

"The AAG is the most important professional organization for geographers in the United States. Not only was the current president at the meeting, but four of the recent past presidents were there. These people represent some of the very finest geographers in the world, and it was very inspiring for our students to meet and interact with them," said Waugh.

Along the journey to Kalamazoo, Mich., the group made a number of stops to explore geographic topics including the industrial and urban geography of Gary, Ind., the geomorphology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the ethnic geography in Chicago, Ill.


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