Monthly Archives: April 2015

Position Announcement – Medical/Health Geography (with GIS) University of Toledo

Medical/Health Geography (with GIS)

The Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) position in medical/health geography. Start date is August, 2015 (with option of January 2016). This faculty member will be expected to contribute to the BA Geography, MA Geography and PhD Spatially Integrated Social Sciences programs, and to actively collaborate with colleagues across disciplines. The research specialty and teaching focus will be medical/health geography with special interests in spatial aspects of environmental issues, preferably with a focus on water, including public health, disease and contaminants. Evidence of ability to secure external research grant funding is expected. Experience and ability to teach courses in geographic information sciences, quantitative methods, and medical/health geography topics is required. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required; ABD candidates a with defense date before January 1, 2016, are welcome to apply.

The department currently has nine full-time faculty members and approximately 50 undergraduate majors and graduate students. The University of Toledo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. Applications must be submitted at and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to or if necessary, letters may be sent by mail to Dr. Patrick Lawrence, Chair, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, MS 140, 2801 Bancroft Street, Toledo, Ohio 43606. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Patrick Lawrence,

Link: Job Advertisement – Medical/Health Geography (with GIS)

Call for GISS Board Nominations 2015-2016

The GISS Specialty Group is seeking nominations to fill the following roles. Full descriptions of each role can be found in the GISS Constitution.

Please send nominations (self or otherwise) to by the start of the GISS Business Meeting on Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM in Columbus H, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level. Voting for new officers will take place at the Business Meeting. (Drink tickets for the GISS Reception will also be handed out at the Business meeting)

1. Vice Chairperson (Faculty only)

The Vice Chairperson will be elected for a two-year term. After the first
year, he or she shall become and assume the duties of the chairperson.
The vice chair-person shall assume all the duties and responsibilities
of the chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.

2. Academic Director (Faculty only)

The Academic Director will be elected for a two-year term and may
serve more than one term. The Academic Director will organize and execute the Annual Honors Competition for Student Papers. These responsibilities include preparing and disseminating a call for papers, chairing the judging committee for submitted written papers and presentations at the AAG Annual Meeting, organizing the delivery of awards (checks) from the AAG to the student winners, and being present at the AAG Annual Meeting Awards Banquet to present the award to the winning students.

3. Student Director (Student only).

The Student Director will be elected for a one-year term and may
serve more than one term. The Student Director will participate in the selection of the the Annual Honors Competition for Student Paper finalists and winners.

GISS Specialty Group Reception – Thurs 7:30PM, 4/23/2015

The GISS Specialty Group Reception will be held Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level.

Of note at this event will be a the presentation of the 2015 Aangeenbrug Award to Dr. Timothy Nyerges of the University of Washington.

This event will immediately follow the CyberGIS Symposium: Transactions In GIS Plenary  (3:20 – 5:00PM) and the Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience  (5:20 – 7:00PM)  in the same room .

Hors d’oeuvre and drinks will be provided. Tickets for drinks can be obtained by attending the Transactions In GIS Plenary, the Tobler Lecture by Libby Wentz, or the GISS Business Meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM in Columbus H, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level.

Wentz to Present Tobler Lecture

Professor Elizabeth Wentz of Arizona State University has been selected to give the 2015 Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience. Libby will deliver her lecture on Thursday evening – Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

Nyerges wins Aangeenbrug Award

Professor Timothy Nyerges of the University of Washington has been awarded the 2015 Aangeenbrug Award. This award recognizes senior scholars for sustained and effective research contributions in geographic information science and/or systems. Tim will be honored at the GISS Reception on Thursday evening – Thursday, 4/23/2015, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM in Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level

The NEW AAG-GISS Specialty Group Website

Welcome to the NEW AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group website. The purpose of this website is to enable the easy and sustained dissemination of GISS informational and business items to the AAG community.

The former site, hosted by Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou of San Diego State University has served as the community well for many years. On behalf of the entire GIS community, we thank you for your service!