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4/22/2015 - 4/25/2015
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4/22/2015 2:00 AM - 4/25/2015
W2-3. Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Organizers and Presenters: Niem Tu Huynh (AAG), Michael Solem (AAG), and Joseph Kerski (Esri)
Room: Jobs & Career Center
Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the recent AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment as a resource, the workshop facilitators will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for adapting these exercises to the specific needs of students at their grade level and institution type.
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Organizers: Amin Tayyebi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute)
Part I: Land Use Change Science: Lessons Learned from Applications of Using the Land Transformation Model (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Over a decade of model development and experiment has gone into the model, and the Land Transformation Model (LTM) has been now applied to simulate land use change (LUC) patterns in a variety of places around the world, such as all lower 48 states in the USA, central Europe, East Africa and Asia. The objective of this workshop is to review the breadth and depth of LUC issues that are being addressed by discussing how an existing model, Purdue's LTM, has been used to better understand these very important environmental issues.
Part II: A Spatial Decision Support System on the Web for Strategic Agricultural Land Use Policy Development (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Agriculture lands have experienced rapid changes during last decade. In the absence of proper land use policies, this incremental changes in agriculture areas can increase economic cost. The objective of this workshop is to present a GIS based spatial decision support system (SDSS) on web using spatial and temporal data, which benefit policy makers for evaluating the consequence of LUCs on various ecosystem services in agriculture landscape. We will test the developed SDSS through a case study in agriculture-dominated landscape with a variety of stakeholders LUC scenarios from USDA for Dane County of Wisconsin in United States.
WS 2-2. Walking the Tightrope: Negotiating Success for Women in Geography
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Organizers: Elizabeth Wentz (Arizona State University)
This is the second annual "Walking the Tightrope" workshop addressing career advancement for women in Geography. The basis of this workshop is to facilitate discussion among men and women to raise awareness and skills that put women's careers at a disadvantage. While some point to possible lack of negotiation readiness as one contributing factor to lower salaries and promotion opportunities, others recognize that women may face negative consequences for "leaning in." We aim to explore the balance between promoting a career in favorable or less than ideal institutional contexts. This workshop is designed to promote the professional development of women geographers and engage those who are interested in women's professional development in geography. The workshop will include discussions, advice, and interactive activities to explore practical themes of importance for employment, tenure, promotion, and career advancement. The theme this year is based on negotiating for success.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour: Historic Downtown (North Loop) - Treasures of Commerce and Culture
Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Organizer: Jason Nu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Trip Capacity: 40
Cost/person: $25 (includes admission fees)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 6, 2015
This walking tour, conducted by docents at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, explores iconic architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural as well as commercial metropolis, and this tour is a testament to that era's ambitions. Visit famous structures including the Art Institute of Chicago, Daniel Burnham's Reliance Building, and Louis Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott department store. Along the way, learn about the historical forces that paved the way for Chicago to develop some of the world's most structurally and aesthetically innovative architecture during the Gilded Age.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Organizer: Steven Ericson (University of Alabama)
Trip Capacity: 45
Cost/person: $10 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation)
Sponsored by: Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group
U.S. Cellular Field opened in 1991 to mixed reviews from baseball fans. As the last MLB stadium built before the retro craze, the stadium has undergone a major renovations with the most recent round being completed in 2012. Field trip will visit the press box, dugout, luxury suite, and other behind-the-scene spots of the stadium. Additionally, we will see the plaque marking home plate from "old" Comiskey Park and the stadium's foul lines painted on an existing parking lot.
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Joshua Labove, Simon Fraser University
Trip Capacity: 14
Cost/person: $40 (includes bus transportation)
Once a center of influence in geography, still a community of intellectual and cultural symbolism and significance, Hyde Park is more than University-types and US Presidents. With the University of Chicago as its anchor, Hyde Park has grown to become a cradle of influential architecture (Wright, Calatrava, Saarinen, Cobb, and van der Rohe among others), balancing an increasingly international university with the needs of a residential community of over 25,000. On this trip, we'll explore this neighborhood on the mid-South Side and learn more about the history of the people, places, and institutions that make this area 7 miles South of the Loop so unique within cities and within higher education.
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Euan Hague (DePaul University)
Trip Capacity: 27
Cost/person: $5 (Note to attendees: Please bring around $5 cash for public transportation)
The Pilsen neighborhood, two miles southwest of downtown Chicago, has been the gentrification frontier in Chicago for much of the past two decades. A predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, rapid development, condo construction and the growth of a non-Hispanic population have led to contests over the neighborhood, its heritage, architecture and future development. This half-day walking tour will examine key sites in the neighborhood, also passing its vibrant political murals and noting the neighborhoods historic Bohemian roots. The travel will be by El and approximately 1-2 miles walking.
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Lance Howard (Clemson University) and Matthew Lavoie (Chicago Labyrinths)
Trip Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $28 (includes transportation)
Sponsored by: Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Celebrate Earth Day by making a labyrinth in the sand at Montrose Beach with Matthew Lavoie of Chicago Labyrinths . Labyrinths (not mazes) have become popular contexts for personal therapy and discovery. Labyrinths are also recognized in geomancy as being nexuses between humans and the Earth. By impressing a labyrinth pattern on the sand and walking the path in and out we may express our gratitude and send our blessings to the Earth on this day set aside to honor "her." Rain or shine. Dress comfortably in layers with sturdy footwear. Restrooms on site. Bottled water provided.
Geographies of Beer, Part II: Chicago Beer Geography
Wednesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Organizers: Colleen Hiner (Texas State University), Jessica Breen (University of Kentucky and Toby Applegate (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
Trip Capacity: 53
Cost/person: $59 (includes transportation and tastings at two breweries)
Sponsored by: Wine Specialty Group
On the second annual AAG beer tour, we will visit two distinct and well-respected breweries in Chicago via a private charter bus and led by a knowledgeable tour guide from Chicago Brews Cruise. We will first visit Lagunitas Brewery in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Lagunitas is the largest brewery in the state of Illinois. Lagunitas specifically choose Chicago for their main production brewery due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, one of the best water sources for brewing beer and one of most abundant fresh water resources in the world. At Lagunitas, we will do a tasting and a get tour of this impressive facility. We will then head to Vice District Brewing in the South Loop, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. Vice District Brewing is one of the "little guys" and will provide a nice contrast to the production scale seen at Lagunitas. At Vice District we will do a tasting and there will be at least one food truck available with food for purchase.
After the tours/tastings, the bus will return to the Hyatt. If you prefer, you can continue your evening by visiting one of the other numerous restaurants or venues available in the South Loop area and return to the Hyatt independently or in self-formed groups. Vice District Brewing is a 10-minute cab ride or 20-minute bus ride from the Hyatt.
Note: All transportation (except if you decide to return on your own), tasting fees, and gratuities are included in the tour price, but you may want to bring some cash to grab a bite to eat at the food truck at Vice District Brewing or elsewhere in the South Loop. As for additional purchases, there will be package beer and other brewery souvenirs available for purchase at each locale, if desired. Also, closed-toed shoes are required for this tour, as we will be touring an active production facility.