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Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference VIII

September 21-23, 2016
Kent State University, Ohio

The International Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference was created by John Frazier with Binghamton University's Department of Geography and Administration. It fosters dialogue on issues related to the racial and ethnic transformation of places. The overriding purpose of REP is to promote understanding among the myriad groups, through research and discussion in the United States and other areas of the world (Africa, Australia, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe). REP encourages interdisciplinary perspectives and philosophical and methodological diversity. REP is open to participation by academicians, students, practitioners, lay persons and government, business and nonprofit agency representatives. Click on the link above for more information.

Dean's Speaker Seriesedwin levine

Date:  Friday, April 29th, 2016

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Venue:  Science Library (SL 212)

Edwin Levine is the Response Operations Supervisor – East representing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (O R & R).  His work involves overseeing the Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC) from Maine to Texas.  Previously he was the SSC in the coastal region from Connecticut through Delaware where he served as a liaison and advisor to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on matters relating to chemical and oil spills.  From April 2010 to January 2011 he worked on the Deep Water Horizon oil spill response and has provided support in planning and response activities at spill sites in Central and South America, Europe, and East Asia.  Mr. Levine received his Master of Science degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR.


Date:  Friday, May 6th, 2016Ronald R. Hagelman III

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Venue:  Science Library (SL 212)


Ronald R. Hagelman, III is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Geography at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  His research interests include natural hazards, disaster recovery and reconstruction, urban environments, and local food systems.  The title of his PhD dissertation was on The Spatial Evolution of Urban Flood Hazard in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Hagelman has secured extra-mural funding from agencies like the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support research relating to disaster reconstruction and climate change particularly in coastal areas.  He has published extensively in peer-reviewed geography journals and has collaborated on a number of books related to natural hazards. 


Dr. Wendy LascellDr. Wendy Lascell of SUNY Oneonta presented on the topic of hazard mitigation on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in LH07 as part of the Dean's Speaker Series organized by the Department of Geography. The title of the presentation was: Restoration or Despair? New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Lascell is an Assistant Professor of Geography at SUNY Oneonta. Her research interests include natural hazards, coastal zone management, and medical geography. She has conducted field research in Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Maine and is currently working on a project involving local communities in Peru. Dr. Lascell's work incorporates aerial photography and geographic information systems to improve geographic literacy among students and the community.


Prof. Frazier Honored

Professor John Frazier with BEP 2014

Professor John Frazier was inducted as an honorary member of the Gamma Delta Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society at their 11th Annual Induction Ceremony on October 24, 2015. Professor Frazier (pictured here with BEP '14) was honored for his decades of work with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) which includes five years as an instructor for the Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP). Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through opportunity programs. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among its members, and honor academic excellence.

Burrell Montz
Dr. BURREll Montz reunites with  former Geography Dept. Colleagues

Dr. Burrell Montz returned to Binghamton University to deliver the first presentation of the 2015-16 Dean's Speaker Series  on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center. The title of the presentation was: Filtering the Facts about Fracking: Factions, Fortunes and Frustrations. Dr. Montz was a member of the Binghamton University Geography Department from 1980 until 2009. She is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University. Her research focuses on the impacts of flooding and the policy implications of managing development in the floodplain. She has co-authored two books and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals that focus on natural hazards, vulnerability, and environmental management.


Why geography @ Binghamton?

The goals of the Department of Geography are:

  • to provide students quality academic instruction in geography
  • to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography
  • to provide the expertise of geographers to the community at large so that public and private sector decision makers may enhance the quality of their decisions
Geography 'Welcome Back Cookout' Fall 2015




Department News

lucius williams chancellor's award for excellence in professional serviceCongratulations to Lucius Willis for being selected for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service!

We have assembled some recent news of the Department, current students, and recent grads for our spring/summer 2015 newsletter.

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