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September 25, 2020

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning welcomes four new faculty

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning announces the appointment of four new faculty members whose diverse backgrounds and deep research expertise enhance the school’s strengths and bring to the department fresh ideas and unbounded energy. 

“Our new faculty this year both complement our current strengths and bring in new perspectives,” Elizabeth Wentz, interim director in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and vice provost and dean of the Graduate College, said. “We are seeing growth in earth observing, social justice, and global engagement. These are all important for our research agenda and our curricula.” 

The four new faculty build on the school’s strong foundation of tackling significant environmental and societal issues through cultural geography, human-environmental science, spatial analysis and statistical modeling. 

“These exciting new hires are very important for the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, as well as ASU,” Kelli Larson, deputy director and professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, said. “Ultimately, our future largely depends on such talented scholars with a breadth of expertise and experiences.”

Join us in welcoming Jose Benito Rosales Chavez, Mary Donovan, Rashad Shabazz and Huê-Tâm Jamme! Learn more about their exciting research projects in our latest story. 

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Meet the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2020 honorees from The College

Each year, the Arizona State University Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of alumni who own or lead successful, fast-growing, innovative businesses across the globe with the Sun Devil 100 awards. This year, 29 graduates from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were recognized at the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2020 virtual reception earlier this month.

The Sun Devil 100 Class of 2020 includes 100 organizations led by 127 alumni who are entrepreneurs, business owners, founders or C-suite executives. The group’s companies employ 10,204 people and represent each college at ASU and a total of 155 degrees. Amongst the honorees was Brian Swanton, urban planning alumnus 95' and master of public administration alumnus 03' who serves as president and chief executive officer for Gorman & Company. 

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In the News

Randall Cerveny

SGSUP Events
Interested in keeping up-to-date on events taking place at SGSUP? Not only can you manage your calendar here in our newsletter, but be sure to bookmark our event calendar on our website: It is where you can also find an archive of our past events.
ASU Virtual Career and Internship Expo, Sept 29 – Oct 2

ASU’s fall career event will take place virtually this year! This will be a great opportunity for you to meet with employers from many industries, including the Peace Corps, Environmental Defense Fund, EASi, and more. Because the expo will be held virtually, you must register in advance for each session you are interested in, in order to attend the event. Also, take advantage of resources on how to navigate a virtual career event, and consider attending a preparation event to have all of your questions answered!
Fall 2020 School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Colloquium Series

SGSUP Colloquium with Chuan Liao, ASU School of Sustainability: “Spatial Science of Socio-Environmental Systems for Sustainable Development” 

October 5, 2020 | Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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SGSUP Colloquium with Julian Agyeman, Tufts University: “Just Sustainabilites in Policy, Planning and Practice” 

October 19, 2020 | Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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Full listing of events
Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association Webinar 

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association webinar with Kelli Larson, deputy director and professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and Kelly Turner, assistant professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs and associate director of urban environment research at the Luskin Center for innovation at UCLA: "Grass, Desert, or Mixed ‘Oasis’ Landscapes? From What Residents Want to What They Actually Do and Why"

October 9, 2020 | Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
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Fall 2020 School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Research Showcase

SGSUP Research Showcase with Sara Meerow, assistant professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning: "Planning for Resilience to Extreme Heat in U.S. Cities" 

October 15, 2020 | Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Are you a Spring or Summer 2020 graduate? Complete the First Destination Survey to help the university, connect with resources, and have a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card!

The First Destination Survey is used to track the next steps and professional outcomes of our graduates each semester. This data is then used to determine overall outcomes for the graduating class. ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services, which manages the survey, realize that graduate outcomes at this point may be significantly impacted by COVID-19. The CPDS team will be regularly monitoring responses and reaching out directly to recent alumni with resources and services to help you reach your career goals. If you're a May or August grad, here's an easy way to help the university – and also be entered in a drawing to win a $250 Amazon gift card! May grads survey (closes Oct 10) | August grads survey (closes Feb 19, 2021) 

Survey: New Era of Shared Mobility – Chance to win AirPods!

A  collaborative ASU research team is conducting research on consumer attitudes and behavioral implications of shared mobility, with a focus primarily on shared bicycles and scooters, ride sharing, and public transit services. By completing this survey, you’ll help decision-makers formulate effective policies on these shared mobility options. You’ll also be entered in a drawing to win free AirPods! More info

AGIC Education and Training Symposium Maps & Apps Contest 

AGIC, the Arizona Geographic Information Council, is Arizona’s primary organization for GIS professionals. AGIC’s annual meeting will take place Oct 19-23; it will be virtual and there will be no cost to attend. The Maps & Apps Contest is a great opportunity to share your work with professionals & earn recognition! Consider entering the Student Poster competition, which can be a poster or a map; anything that includes some GIS mapping or analysis. Additional awards will be given for the Best Story Map and Best Overall Application. More info
Land Broker GIS Mapping Intern, McArthur Land Company –Phoenix, AZ
This north Phoenix-based land brokerage has a paid internship opportunity, to begin as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. The intern will learn and assist a mapping professional and work closely with owner of the company in updating and maintaining an ArcGIS database and maps. There's also an opportunity to learn about the land brokerage business. $12/hr, 8-13 hrs/week, ongoing position. More info

(Spring 2021) NASA DEVELOP Applied Sciences Program – Locations across US, including ASU Tempe (may be remote)
A great opportunity for current students or recent graduates interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS. Projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and poster. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to approximately 29 hours per week. The position is paid on an hourly basis. Apply by Oct 9.  More info

(Spring 2021) GIS Intern, Defenders of Wildlife – Remote work, office in Washington DC
This internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with Defenders staff at the interface of science, technology, and national conservation policy. In this position, the intern may help collect and analyze large spatial datasets, create published reports, scientific articles, web applications, and maps related to the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Apply by Nov 29. More info

To review previous internship & part-time postings that are still current, as well as other internship resources, see
0-2 Years of experience
Temporary Land Management hires (forestry, biological science, archaeology) – Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma (apply by 9/28)
CAD and Mapping Specialist, Maricopa County Flood Control District – Phoenix, AZ  (Apply by 10/1)
Project Manager (Real Estate Investment, Planning and Development), El Dorado Holdings – Scottsdale, AZ
Permit Technician, City of Maricopa - Maricopa, AZ
GIS Specialist (Science Coordinator), US National Park Service - Twentynine Palms, CA  (Apply by 9/30)

2+ Years of experience 
2021 Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (Apply by 11/15)
Land Planning Specialist, K. Hovnanian Companies, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
GIS Analyst, AAA Landscape – Phoenix, AZ

Outreach Coordinator, IPUMS, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Extension Professional III, Arizona Meteorological Network – Tucson, AZ
Planner II / Scheduler (Service Planning), Valley Metro – Phoenix, AZ
GIS Project Manager, Sanborn – Phoenix, AZ

To review additional full-time postings that are still current, as well as other relevant job websitessee

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