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Geography Department Assosciate Professor Florence Margai

Florence Margai

Associate Dean, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Interim Director, The Institute of Global Cultural Studies
Professor of Geography
Binghamton University, P.O.Box 6000
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000
HARP: LN2430; TEL 607.777.4934. FAX 607.777.4900
GEOG: SW207B; TEL 607.777.6731. FAX 607.777.6456
Email: margai@binghamton.edu


Dr. Florence Margai is the Associate Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University where she oversees matters relating to graduate studies, student success initiatives, and faculty development. She is also the Interim Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS), and a Professor in the Department of Geography teaching courses that reflect her areas of specialization: Advanced Statistics, Environmental Health Hazards, Health Disparities and Environmental Analysis using Geospatial technologies such as GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing and Geostatistics.

Dr. Margai's research interests entail the use of geospatial technologies in the mapping and assessment of environmental hazards and negative health outcomes particularly within vulnerable communities including marginalized groups, women, the elderly, and children. Her past and current research activities include the study of food insecurity and childhood health outcomes, malaria morbidity and treatment seeking approaches in West Africa, toxic exposures such as pediatric lead poisoning and adverse health consequences. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Africa to assist in the geographic targeting of vulnerable population groups for disease intervention and health promotional campaigns, sustainability and capacity development initiatives.


Education: PhD in Geography (Kent State University)

Recent Designations:

Other Notable Experiences and Professional Activities:

   o NIH Social Science and Population Studies (SSPS) Study Section
   o NIH Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section
   o NIH HIV/AIDS Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
   o NIH AIDS, Clinical Studies, & Epidemiology Section (ACE)

Teaching Specialties:

Research Interests:

GEOGRAPHIES OF HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARDS, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY

STATISTICS/GEO-DATA TECHNIQUES

REGIONAL SPECIALTY: CAPACITY BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Current/Recent Research Projects Undertaken:

Publications:

Books

Manuals

Journal Articles/Book Chapters: (Contact Professor Margai for reprints)

Student Mentoring/Supervision of Theses and Internships:

Examples of Recent Projects Completed by Students:

R. Wang Geog576: The Geography and Socio-Economic Environment of the H1N1 Virus
Geog495/595 Group Internship Project: The Geographic Analysis of Food Bank Services in the Southern Tier
W. Ng and S. Kabuga, Geog546: Analysis of Arsenic in Groundwater: State of Arizona.
L. Chi and Z. Sturm, Geog546: Asthma Prevalence and Environmental Risk Factors in Kings County, NY.
K. Jimenez and R. Passer, Geog546: Food Deserts: The Role of Fast Food Restaurants in Onondaga, NY.
E. Chin and M. Voorhees, Geog546: Water Quality Issues Across NYS.
L. Torricelli and M. Zhang, Geog546: Geographical Analysis of TCE in Endicott, NY.
C. Adom and J. Boyer, Geog 576: Locating a Landfill Site in Broome County.
H. Tulloch and L. Stummer, Geog566: Hanta Virus project.
C. Paciullo and B. Coates, Geog 566: Accident Analysis in Tioga County.
J. Plummer and M. Davis, Geog 566: Modeling Radon Exposure and Health Effects.
G. Elwell, Geog566: Diffusion of the West Nile Virus.
H. Aikins and Y. Hwang: Low Birth Weights–A Geographical Analysis.

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Last Updated: 7/22/14