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2013.10.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Conference at UNO to Cover Climate Change, Feature Geography Bowl Competition

Omaha - Over 100 Geography scholars from across the region will come together at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) from Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12 for the 2013 Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting.

The three-day event will feature presentations from geography researchers, geography students, K-12 teachers and geography professionals, as well as a keynote address on global climate change and a competitive Geography Bowl game show event.

“Hosting this conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase the UNO Department of Geography/Geology’s facilities and programs,” said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, professor of geography.

The event is not open to the public, but media are encouraged to attend any of the conference events.

The UNO Department of Geography/Geology hosts the regional conference about every ten years.

Important Events and Times

Open House for Conference Attendees - Oct. 10, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Attendees will visit UNO’s Durham Science Center to learn more about UNO’s Department of Geography and Geology.

Keynote Address from AAG President Julie Winkler – Oct. 11, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Winkler is a professor of Geography at Michigan State University. She is interested in many aspects of geography and climatology including synoptic and applied climatology, regional climate change, and climate scenario development and evaluation.

Competitive Geography Bowl – Oct. 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Teams of undergraduate and graduate students will compete over fundamental factual and conceptual geographic knowledge.

Mapping in the Cloud Workshop – Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – noon
This three-hour workshop examines current cloud-based mapping techniques. Participants will create their own website and upload a series of examples.

Flooding in River City – Oct. 12, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A look at the rivers and streams that have shaped the growth of Omaha with an emphasis on the summer long flood of 2011.

Capitol to Capitol Fieldtrip – Oct. 12, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Participants will tour Eastern Nebraska landscapes and Nebraska governmental sites. Locations will include the State Capitol Building in Omaha, Fort Omaha, Fort Atkinson National Historical Site, State Capitol Building in Lincoln and the Nebraska City Arbor Day Center.

Omaha’s Urban Geography Fieldtrip – Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Participants will explore Omaha’s “gritty origins” and “shiny new beginnings” with a tour of the city that starts at the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. Other stops along the tour will include historic 24th street in the heart of SouthOmaha, the remains of Omaha’s Union Stockyards and meatpacking district, Midtown Crossing and Boys Town in West Omaha.

For more information on the conference, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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