No foolin’ !!! Last night was the Graduate School Symposium and Open House. Current graduate students, potential graduate students and their families enjoyed poster presentations, refreshments and opportunities to discuss our numerous graduate programs. There were a record number 69 posters submitted this year. I had four of my graduate students present posters.
You can find more information about the Graduate School linked here:
PDSI tracking of alternating periods of drought and excess moisture in southeastern North Carolina 1895-2018
The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is the most widely used tool for measuring regional drought. NOAA provides access to free data measuring regional drought impact with downloadable climate region data. Drought is the deficiency of moisture when compared to the normal or expected amount over an extended period of time in a particular area. Past droughtcycles have been the subject of study since the 1960s. The PDSI can also be used in analysis of inverse cycles in those periods of extreme wetness. In Southeastern North Carolina, excess moisture is a concern and economic impact of excess moisture has been evident in recent, post-hurricane inundations. Excess moisture is a condition of an overabundance of rain and/or overland flooding, without compensating evapotranspiration. Both ends of the extreme affect agriculture and regional economy The advantage of PDSI over other indices is that it addresses two important properties of droughts – their magnitude and beginning/ending times. These are the most important aspects about drought cycles for this project. The PDSI ranges from -6.0 for extreme drought to +6.0 for extreme excess moisture conditions. Although the PDSI is used to assess regional periods of drought, the index is used less frequently to study drought’s inverse — periods of extreme wetness. If the behavior of drought cycles can be studied, and even predicted using PDSI, then cycles of extreme moisture could also be analyzed. This analysis studies the time series of the PDSI in the North Carolina Southern Coastal Plain Climate Division from 1895 to 2108. Periods of extreme drought and extreme wetness in the region are interpreted in the historical, climatological context, with consideration of unprecedented drought or extreme wetness. The magnitude of drought and excess moisture periods and their time series runs are reported.
Stay tuned for photos and updates from the NCAS event!
The students in my graduate geography course held a “Mini-Symposium” instead of taking a regular final exam.. These are the posters presented by the students December 12, 2018.
The students were to experience the professional experience of presenting an academic poster, perform a ‘conference-style” oral presentation, and submit a research paper for review. All of this experience in one day!
Geography and Voting Patterns in North Carolina — DeVare Jenkins
Peyotism and the Native American Church: An Ethno-Geographic Study Employing a “Five Themes” Approach. — Richard William Varner II
Teal’s Wonderful World of Golf — Jimmy Teal
Buddhism and the Five Themes of Cultural Geography — Sonya L. Hunt
Global Human Trafficking — LaToya Gholston
The Diffusion of Jazz in America from 1917-1969: Examining Jazz Through Recordings —Brandon Hyatt
Cultural Geography of Religious Cults – Katheryn Sonnen
It was also good to see that some faculty and administrators were able to attend:
Good job people! Let’s present these at the Graduate Symposium this April!