American Assoc of Geographers

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AAG is a professional and scholarly association representing educators, researchers, and practitioners in geography.

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There's still time for you to nominate a deserving colleague or apply for a 2019 AAG grant or award! December 31st marks the deadline for ten different awards for geographers in all stages of their careers. Members may nominate their colleagues for the Wilbanks Award for transformational research in geography or the Glenda Laws Award for social justice as well as the AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award for contributions to geography in teaching or research. Students can apply for AAG Dissertation Research Grants and the Hess Community College Geography Scholarship. Those with a geography career are invited to apply for an AAG Research Grant. Nominations are also being solicited for a variety of books in geography awards including the Globe Book Award, the Jackson Prize, and the Meridian Book Award.
The AAG was saddened to hear of the passing of Otis W. Templar, Jr. on May 8, 2018 in his home city of Lubbock, Texas. The first permanent geography faculty hired at Texas Tech University in 1968, he went on to help found the department where he taught for over 45 years. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1954, and then served as an artillery officer in the United States Army. In 1959, he received a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law and practiced law for several years in Central Texas. He returned to graduate school at Southern Methodist University, earning a master's degree in 1964, and later a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969. He retired from full-time teaching in 2001, and continued teaching part-time until 2015. Almost everyone with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas Tech has had a class with Dr. Templer. His research focused on arid lands and water law.
Take an art break during #aagDC and visit the National Portrait Gallery. Located at 8th & F Sts NW, it is an historic art museum with works portraying American people (famous, infamous & obscure) through history and another one of AAG's staff picks!

How to get there: located directly adjacent to the Gallery Pl-Chinatown metro on the red line (the same line as #aagDC hotels!). Why AAG staff think it's awesome: The National Portrait Gallery probably does not get the recognition it deserves. Perhaps not as well-known as many of the other Smithsonian museums in DC, I never felt much interest in going until pretty recently. Upon my first visit I quickly realized this is not strictly portraits on a wall as I had imagined. There are three massive floors full of portraits, landscape paintings and various other works of American art. This is an excellent place to lose yourself for an afternoon, or even a full day. It’s also free - if for nothing else, pop in and check out the portraits of the Obamas!

@smithsoniannpg #AAGstaffpicks #aagDC #AAGgetslocal #DCresidents #DCiswherewelive #DCisaplace
Have you booked your hotel stay for #aagDC? The 2019 Annual Meeting is located in two hotels, one of which is the historic Omni Shoreham, pictured here. Built in 1930, the Omni Shoreham hosted many presidential inaugural balls, starting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and continuing with every U.S. president until the end of the 20th Century. Pop culture icons, the Beatles and the Mamas & the Papas have also stayed here. The 1987 film No Way Out starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton, and Sean Young was filmed in the hotel. There are even rumors of ghostly activity in one of the suites!
Need a drink after a day of #aagDC sessions? AAG staff recommend Right Proper Brewing Company!

Find it at 624 T St NW, Washington, DC. Right Proper offers creative, delicious house made Belgian style brews and Southern-influenced food in an industrial-chic setting.

Get to the Shaw neighborhood by bike, ride share, or it is one block north of the Shaw-Howard University metro stop.

It's one of the #AAGstaffpicks because this is easily one of the top breweries in the DC area. The beer selection is top notch, it’s got a great atmosphere, the staff are very friendly, the location is convenient/easily accessible from most places in DC, and the industrial vibe really works with exposed brick walls/pillars and murals hanging everywhere.

@rightpropershaw #AAGstaffpicks #aagDC #AAGgetslocal #DCresidents #DCiswherewelive #DCisaplace #localbeer #rightproper #rightproperbrewing
Now that the paper abstract submission deadline has passed for #aagDC, let's take a look at the statistics! As of November 9, 2018 there were 5,242 abstracts submitted; 1,309 sessions submitted including 356 panel sessions; and 727 abstracts submitted to the 2019 meeting featured themes of GIScience and Health, Physical Geography, and Geographies of Human Rights. Is your abstract one of these? It's shaping up to be a fantastic April in Washington, D.C.!
This Thanksgiving, the AAG staff thanks you all for being our members! We were able to celebrate the holiday early with a staff lunch at Meridian Place. From us to you, Happy Thanksgiving!
Maybe you want to get back to nature before or after your time at #aagDC? AAG Staff recommend traveling to Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia. It is a wilderness area encompassing 200,000 acres of forest, trails, waterfalls & Skyline Drive vistas.

Shenandoah is located 75 miles west of Washington, DC straddling the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Front Royal, VA (northern end) and Waynesboro, VA (southern end). Accessible by car.

No matter what time of year, there’s simply nothing like a scenic drive down Skyline Drive through the heart of Shenandoah National Park. AAG staff member, Mark has been coming here for years: "anytime I feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and getting out into nature." Whether you’re a beginner or experienced hiker, you’ll find no shortage of trails here from which you can immerse yourself in the forest. It’s easy to get here from DC for a quick day trip, and there are many rest areas, camping grounds and trail heads, not to mention beautiful scenery along Skyline Drive.

@shenandoahnps #AAGstaffpicks #aagDC #AAGgetslocal #DCresidents #DCiswherewelive #DCisaplace #ShenandoahNationalPark #SkylineDrive #getoutdoors #geographyfieldtrips #nofilter
The AAG is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Marilyn Sue O’Hara, also known as Marilyn Ruiz, who died September 30, 2018, following a collision between her car and a semi-truck at an intersection near her home in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. She was 58 years old. 
Marilyn received her Ph.D. in Geography at University of Florida in 1995. Her dissertation was titled “A Model of Error Propagation From Digital Elevation Models To Viewsheds.” Her dissertation advisor was Grant Ian Thrall. Her Bachelors and Masters degrees were from University of Illinois. Her advancements on the topic of DEM were expedient; but, her passion was Epidemiology, Spatial Diffusion of Disease.

After receiving her Ph.D. she was offered several academic appointments and accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Florida State University. After completion of her third year at FSU, she was offered positions at University of Illinois where she advanced to Clinical Professor of Pathobiology. 
At University of Illinois she became a cherished teacher, advisor, and mentor. The comments on her FacebookPage from her former students in the USA, India, and Africa, stand as a testament to the high regard she was held by her students, the university, and her biological family. She was a brilliant student; a wonderful person.
We are loving our booth space at #SEDAAG2018! Come visit us to learn about new AAG programs! It's always fun when we attend #AAGRegions meetings.
Members of the Local Arrangements Committee were hard at work today organizing the paper abstracts submitted for #aagDC into sessions. Around 700 abstracts that were not assigned to sessions were sorted! A big thanks to our local helpers!
AAG Staff member, Candice gave a talk about the #GeoMentors program, a program aimed at getting K-12 students involved in geographic education, at the Library of Congress Maps Division #GISDay event! Do you love geography? Support the GeoMentors program by volunteering to be a GeoMentor in a school district near you! #GeographyAwarenessWeek #GAW #GeoWeek #GIS