Faculty News

Accomplishments and Activities

Spring 2014

Dr. James Wanket, Associate Professor of Geography at Sacramento State, delivered the first presentation of the spring 2014 STEM Scholars Lecture Series on Thursday, February 20, at 6:00 PM. His talk was titled 'Forest Migration in a Warming World: Lessons from the Past.' Dr. Wanket studies our regional natural lakes and wet meadows that provide natural archives of fossil pollen from surrounding forests. Fossil evidence can then be used to establish the comings and goings of tree species over timescales that include major environmental changes and help to predict the consequences of ongoing anthropogenic climate change for existing forest ecosystems. If you missed the talk you can visit the STEM website to watch the video.

Fall 2013

Marius Petraru, Geography, took part in a panel/roundtable discussion during the 45th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES, formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies) in Boston. The discussion was titled “Free Europe Committee: Changing Policies from the Cold War to Détente.” The professor also presented a paper on the topic of Cold War organizations sponsored by the United States: “The Establishment of the Romanian National Committee and Its Relations with the National Committee for a Free Europe and Other National Councils.” The conference was sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, Harvard University-Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of North Carolina-Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Higher School of Economics-National Research University (Moscow). Scholars from a variety of disciplines came together to share and discuss their work on the revolutionary moments of 1789, 1825, 1905, 1917, 1956, and 1989. (Sac State News Article 11-4-13)

Fall 2012

Prof. Marius Petraru recently contributed an historical manuscript titled "The Romanian Government in Exile in the United States: 1947-1975" in an upcoming publication release of political and historical essays on Cold War activities. The volume of essays,titled The Inauguration of ‘“Organized Political Warfare”: The Cold War Organization, is sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe/Free Europe Committee. Read more about the upcoming release on the Helena History Press website.

Prof. Michael Schmandt, Vice-President of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, served as the emcee at the annual meeting, which was held this year in Olympia, Washington on October 3-6th.

Several Sac State Geography faculty will participate in the UCDavis Geography Graduate Group speaker series this fall. Prof. Schmidtlein will be speaking on "Modeling Pedestrian Evacuations for Near-Field Tsunamis" on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  Prof. Michael Schmandt will be leading a walking tour of Sacramento's R St neighborhood Friday Nov. 2nd. A lecture will be given by Prof. Jim Wanket titled "Reconstructing Prehistoric Vegetation and Climate in Northern California and Nevada" on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. On Oct. 10th one of the fathers of spatial analysis in American geography, Waldo Tobler, Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Barbara, will talk about "Migration, Maps and Models". The series was put together by two UCD geography grad students, one of whom, Jenny McHenry, is an alumna of our program. Download the pdf flyer for date/time/location details.

Prof. Michele Tobias danced her PhD thesis, “California Beach Plant Biogeography: biogeomorphology and ecological succession, effects of foot-traffic concentration, and low-altitude aerial photography” in her  2012 entry to the “Dance Your Ph.D. Contest.” She explains her research and dance HERE.

Spring 2012

Prof. Matt Schmidtlein gave a paper, “Location/Allocation Analysis of the Primary Health Care System Capacity for Sacramento County, California” (co-authored with Dale Ainsworth) at the California Geographical Society annual meeting held at UC Davis, April 27-29, 2012. Faculty Robin Datel, Tom Krabacher, and Michael Schmandt were field trip leaders, and Jim Wanket, Vice-President of CGS, organized the vendors. Other Sacramento State geography students attended and volunteered at the meeting, some with the aid of ASI funding obtained through the Geography Club.  Congratulations to all who helped make the 66th annual meeting of CGS, “A Taste of Geography,” the largest ever.