From the Chair

I would like to touch briefly on four topics before handing you off to the main body of this newsletter.

The Lord Jarrard the Invincible in his study(from the 1995 DOG)

Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Geography major Joseph Wyckoff took part in the previous India Winterim program. This is three-week field based study abroad program allowing students to explore their interests in a variety of areas.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Ph.D. candidate Douglas Grane carried out fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation in Kenya.  His work investigated the development of data systems to evaluate joint donor and Kenyan government investments in free primary education in Kenya. 

Professor Gerard Rushton: Some thoughts on retirement after forty-two years of Iowa Geography and comments by his graduate students

I’ve asked myself this question many times. There’s a natural rhythm to the academic year and to the professional activities of the teaching/research/service model expectations of the modern university.  I will miss this rhythm and now must replace it.

Faculty Research Update: Analyzing Drivers of Groundwater Depletion in Southern India Eric Tate

Eric Tate is working with fellow investigator, Nandita Basu formally from Civil & Environmental Engineering at The University of Iowa, to determine the natural and societal factors influencing the sustainability of water resources in Southern India.