Hello from Samson Hall!
We had another very good year and this newsletter shares a few of the highlights.
Our students are engaged and accomplished. Several undergraduates presented papers, completed innovative research and received awards. A team of graduate students continued field research in the long-standing NSF-funded project in Alaska. Graduate students also presented their research at several forums including the annual AAG Conference in Washington, D.C.
Our alumni continue to change the world. Geographer and storyteller Kaitlin Yarnal was featured in GW Alumni News for her work at the National Geographic Society. She is just one among our many alumni who are making a difference. Recent alumni are working in the Peace Corp, at the Death Penalty Information Center, at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Deloitte Consulting, ESRI and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Our faculty have achieved excellence in research, teaching and mentoring. This year, faculty published three books and 24 articles, and secured four externally funded grants that totaled $2,225,000! We also taught more than 2,400 GW students. Congratulations are in order as well to Dr. Michael Mann, who received tenure and promotion to associate professor, and to Dr. Nikolay Shiklomanov, who was promoted to full professor. In addition to these highlights, GW Geography faculty have been making an impact beyond campus. As part of the New York City two-day American Geographic Society Conference, our faculty trained 50 AP human geography teachers from across the United States on the basics of open data and open mapping.
Unfortunately, I end this update on a sad note. Our dear friend and colleague, Professor Joseph Dymond, passed away on January 18, after a seven-month battle with leukemia. He was 53 years old. Joe began teaching geography at GW in 2002. He was a legendary teacher, who won every teaching award he was eligible for and was greatly admired by all. His death was a huge loss for both our faculty and students. We have established the Joseph Dymond Scholarship Fund. As of September 1, 2019, more than $27,000 has been raised, a tribute to the significant impact that Joe had on so many students.