New Books

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Dr. Alyson Greiner published a new book and a number of our faculty members and students received awards recently.

Dr. Alyson Greiner’s new book  Visualizing Human Geography: At Home in a Diverse World (published by Wiley) recently came out.  Visualizing Human Geography provides a fresh, new pathway for building geographic literacy and introducing readers to the richness of human geography, including its many different approaches, perspectives, techniques, and tools.

The book’s unique visual approach gives readers experience observing and interpreting the world around them. Together, the text and visuals support the three themes of building a spatial perspective, cultivating global awareness, and enhancing critical thinking skills. Geographic literacy, made all the more fundamental as a result of ongoing globalization, is a key workplace competency relevant to solving problems of local, national, and global significance.


Dr. Jackie Vadjunec was selected as this year’s Outstanding Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences. The selection committee was comprised of recipients of the outstanding adviser awards from the past two years, so Jackie was selected by other outstanding advisers. This is high praise from the students who nominated her, others who supported her nomination through letters, and a jury of past award winners.

Aswin Subanthore, our Ph.D. student, won first prize for the best graduate research paper in his category in the Annual OSU Research Symposium held in February. A committee of GPSGA members chose winners based on rank, scores, and feedback from the judges. He was recognized during a Graduate College award ceremony on April 21, 2011.

Hawta Khayyat, another Ph.D. student of our program, was given an Award of Distinction for Outstanding Scientific Achievement by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Iraqi Federal Government. The award was presented in April by the Cultural Attache with the Iraqi Cultural Office (Iraqi Embassy in Washington) during the First Annual Conference of Scholarship Students at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Good job and congratulations!