The geography department and Arctic lab will host a group of scientists from two leading research institutions in Siberia (Russia): the Sochava Institute of Geography and Baikal Institute of Nature Manegement. The presenters (Istomina, Batotsyrenov and Kuklina) will discuss their research in the areas of watershed management, environmental protection and sustainable tourism development initiatives in the Lake Baikal basin. Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake and is the largest (by volume) freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water.
Dr. Steven Collins, Trinity Southwest University, will give a public lecture titled “Finding Sodom: A Study in Biblical Geography.” Collins is Chief Archaeologist of the Tall el-Hammam excavation in Jordan, which he believes is the Biblical city of Sodom. He will discuss the discovery and excavation of the site and how the historical geography of Biblical accounts is reconstructed. The lecture is sponsored by the Dr. Jonathan Lu Biblical Geography Endowment fund.
The Department of Geography and the Geography Club presents an Earth Day screening of a new documentary showing climate scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Geologist Simon Lamb documents scientists as they talk about their work and their hopes and fears for the Earth's future climate state. The film creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers attempting to understand Earth's changing climate.
Dr. Michael Widener, University of Cincinnati, will discuss "food deserts," areas that lack access to affordable, healthy food outlets. Widener will discuss how food deserts are defined and present other means for better analyzing food deserts, such as urban dynamics, mobility and behavior.