I found this old powerpoint file, as I am continuing to organize files on an old computer. This is my son’s report “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”. He was assigned to make a presentation on how his hometown is special.
I had to help him, but he was actually getting pretty good at using PowerPoint … even back in 3rd grade. When I was in 3rd grade, we cut photos out of old magazines to make a poster board.
This slide set is from one of my assignments in my Intro Geography course this summer. I had my students take photos and describe the geography. Please enjoy these student photos and their written comments. (Click any slide to view FULL SIZE.)
Which one — won? Well, they are ALL winners to me!
College Educators: Students love their cellphones. They like to take selfies and share photos and comments on social media. This type of geography assignment should be fun and easy for them to do. Although this assignment is from my Online course, I suggest using the idea of a “photo contest” for a day when you cannot meet with your students due to faculty absence, conference travel, etc. This is another way to get students THINKING and WRITING …
Please vote for your favorite in my blog comments below!
The Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. This annual event is a celebration and recognition of undergraduate research, scholarship, creativity and entrepreneurship. Faculty mentored their students on a wide variety of research projects. This included students involved in course-based undergraduate research experiences.
Honors student Richard Varner II
Here are some of the posters seen at the conference. Click to view full size JPEG files:
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!
This was a wonderful trip! I had not been in Kent for almost 20 years. So much has changed … What ever happened to JB’s Down?
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is a wonderful place. The whole downtown Kent area has been transformed in the past few years. Also, I could believe all the new buildings that have been erected on campus.
It was another successful Applied Geography Conference. Much thanks to Dr. Jay Lee, the AGC Director for many years.
This is a group photo of current Kent State University Climatology faculty and graduate students. Oddly absent in the above photo however … is my dissertation adviser Dr. Thomas Schmidlin. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with him at lunch the next day and at the conference keynote address.
Also notable: While I was in Kent I visited Ray’s Place. My friend Bob (also an old KSU room mate), was kind enough to buy me a late lunch. I had the “Mofo Burger“.
Look for me at the next Applied Geography Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC October 2019.
Update: The YouTube video blogger Joe from “Our Earth” provided this introduction to the conference.
Oh man, it rained every day of the conference. I was hoping to get a better look at all the new features of KSU. I still had a great time, but there was never a good day for walking around.
The Sun came out the morning after the conference was over and I was checking out.
This is the slide show presented at the 2008 Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. Although I presented, and claimed co-authorship, the vast majority of this research was completed over a span of 25 years by Dr. Thomas E. Ross, now a Faculty Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.