Department of Geography News

Father-Daughter Engineering, Geography Grads Lead Wounded Warrior Diving Program

A father and daughter pair of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduates have teamed up to help give back to members of the United States military through their program Diving with Heroes.

Joe Brickey, a 1985 electrical engineering grad, and Jill Hottel, who got her bachelor’s in geography in 2004 and her master’s in 2010, started the program as a way to help wounded veterans regain their lost sense of mobility via diving.

Geography Symposium Offers Variety of Topics

From the global food crisis to electric bicycles, the Department of Geography’s inaugural research symposium has something for the geographer in everyone. Titled Mapping Outside the Lines: Geography as a Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research, the symposium begins Friday, February 21, and ends the following afternoon, Saturday, February 22. The symposium is free and open to the public.

WMRA: A Street for MLK?

Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, was interviewed by WMRA in Harrisonburg, Virginia about the politics of naming

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Geography Students Receive Opportunities from NASA and NOAA

Two undergraduate students in geography have won prestigious internships and awards. Geography major Paul Lemieux will conduct research this summer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as a recipient of a prestigious NASA internship. Sarah Bleakney has received an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.