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UWL Professor Emeritus Dr. Rafique Admed (1944-2017)

Rafique Ahmed,  passed away May 28, 2017 at his La Crosse home following a struggle with cancer. He was 73. Rafique studied at Dacca College (East Pakistan, now Dhaka College, Bangladesh) (Intermediate Science, 1959-1961), University of Dhaka (B.Sc. Honors and M.Sc, 1961-1965), University of Windsor, Canada (M.Sc, 1978), and Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Ph.D. 1986). He joined UWL in 1984 and retired in 2015. He was an accomplished meteorologist/climatologist with significant research and pedagogical contributions in climate change and variability in Bangladesh. He published several books on climatology, including some in Bengali and the very latest (2015) on Climate Variability: Issues and Perspectives for Bangladesh. He also published large numbers of peer-reviewed journal articles. 

The department will miss him.

Geography Students Present at 

"UWL Celebration of Student Research and Creativity 2017"

Congradulations of all the Geography and Earth Science students who presented their projects at the 2017 UWL Celebration of Student Research and Creativity. 


The current issue of Cartographica features Dr. John Kelly as lead author for the article "From Cognitive Maps to Transparent Static Web Maps: Tools for Indigenous Territorial Control in La Muskitia, Honduras."

Congratulation to the December 2016 Graduating Students

The Geography and Earth Science Department wants to congratulate the following students who graduated in December 2016:

Kevin Benben Jared LaRue
Cameron Briggs Kathryn Larocco
Justine Bula Gavin Marquart
Alex Engelson Nathan Noble
Brian Hatfield Daniel Weipert
Thomas Joswiak  

We wish you all the best on the next set of adventures in your life.

2016 Ryan M. Poehling Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The UWL Geography and Earth Science Department is pleased to announce the 2016 Ryan Michael Poehling Scholarship has been awarded to Sofia Kozidis.  The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to congratulate Sofia on this outstanding achievement!

Past Recipients
2016 Sofia Kozidis   2008 Martin Elmer
2015 Justine Bula    2007 Jameson Loesch
2014 Jonas Rugtvedt   2006 John Lauermann
2013 Steve Oxley   2005 Nathan Koster   
2012 Cody Mertens   2004 Amber Minard 
2011 Alexander Wegner   2003 Margaret Hollenhorst 
2010 Benjamin Uphoff    2002 Jennifer Hauser 
2009 Brett Mittelstaedt   2001 Scott Leis

Fourth Annual Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Winners


1st Place Alexander Bartelme and Thomas Joswiak
2nd Place Michael Maziarka and Karl Radke
Honorable Mention

 Brian Hatfield and Kathryn Larocco

Andrew Anklam and William Bondaurer


1st Place

Sean Barry

Dan Weipert

2nd Place Jenna DeSahney
Honorable Mention

Rachel Kromrey and Skylar Schoh            

Jeff Mekstroth 

Thanks to all who participated in making this a successful event.

Photographs from the event

Winners of the 2016 Map Competition

For four weeks in early summer 2017, UWL Geography Professor John Kelly will teach World Cultural Regions (GEO 110) in the historic and fun city of Galway, Ireland, as part of UWL’s study abroad program at the National University of Ireland. Students in Dr. Kelly’s course will also enroll in UWL Sociology Professor Tim Gongaware’s Introduction to Sociology course. For Kelly, this is a return to his roots – no, not because of his Irish surname, but because he spent a semester at the same university in 1990, as an undergraduate geography major. Since 1990, Ireland’s economy developed quickly, then partly declined. The western coastal region is the ideal place for students to learn about rural and urban landscape change, the geographies of language and music, recent trends in immigration and globalization, and Ireland’s links to the European Union (highlighted by the nearby United Kingdom’s recent decision to leave the EU).   More Information and Facebook

Augemented Reality Sandbox

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Geography and Earth Science Department has constructed an AR Sandbox for instructional and outreach use.  Using software developed at University of California Davis a sandbox was built with help from the Departments of Biology, Recreation Management and Physics, and Information Technology Services (ITS), and Facilities Planning and Management. It is used to give students a better understanding of how map contours relate to physical terrain and how water from rain would flow on a terrain.  The ARSandbox is located in Cowley 256.

Students using AR Sandbox Students using AR Sandbox
Students using AR Sandbox