AAG 2018 Session: “Advances in Computational Approaches for Geospatial Health Applications”

Call for Papers

If you are interested in joining this session, please email your PIN, title, abstract, and contact information to the following organizers: Michael R. Desjardins (UNC-Charlotte; mdesjar2@uncc.edu) and Alexander Hohl (UNC-Charlotte; ahohl@uncc.edu). Please note that we will not accept submissions after the AAG deadline.


Advanced computational capabilities that emerged through continuous technological development have transformed many scientific disciplines, including the domain of health and medical geography. Today, scientists tackle computational challenges that used to be virtually impossible to solve, because 1) our ability to collect and store health-related data has improved substantially, and 2) analytical methods for solving scientific problems can now be applied on a massive scale. Therefore, the spatiotemporal analysis and modelling of health-related issues has experienced and driven fundamental changes.

The goal of this session is to create a platform for presenting and stimulating discussion about: accomplishments and remaining challenges of intersecting health and medical geography with cyberinfrastructure within a spatiotemporal context.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

1. Disease Mapping: spatial and/or spatiotemporal analysis and visualization;
2. Disparities in health care accessibility;
3. Stochastic methods for assessing the significance of observed disease patterns;
4. Spatially explicit disease modeling (retrospective or prospective);
5. The use of cyber-enabled technologies (e.g., high performance computing, cloud computing) to analyze complex and massive spatiotemporal data for the discovery of relationships between health and environment.

Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group

Discussant: Dr. Xun Shi (Dartmouth)

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Health and Medical Geography Journals

Need help identifying a journal to submit your research? Click here to compare numerous journals related to health and medical geography, which includes their scope, impact factor, and more.

Thanks to Peter Chen for informing us about this resource.

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Less than a month until Geomed 2017 in the beautiful Portuguese city of Porto (Sept. 7-9)! Former HMGSG chair Dr. Eric Delmelle (UNC-Charlotte) and current co-webmaster Michael Desjardins (UNC-Charlotte) will be attending and presenting their research. If you are a current HMGSG member and will be presenting or just attending, please send an email to mdesjar2@uncc.edu. Hope to see some of you there!



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AAG 2017

Dear members of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group,

At this AAG, our specialty group will sponsor 72 sessions. Although it is not possible to list them all in this post, I would like to remind you of some key events that I hope you will attend. I especially invite you to the Melinda Mede Distinguished Lecture on Friday afternoon (featuring Dr. Mei-Po Kwan), followed by our first reception (with adult beverages and snacks).

Thursday April 6th

  • From 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor in Suffolk, Marriott, Third Floor. Peter Gould Undergraduate Student Paper Competition (last two papers in the session)

Friday April 7th morning

  • From 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor
    Peter Gould Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • From 11:50 AM – 1:10 PM in Simmons, Marriott, Third Floor
    Business Meeting

Friday April 7th afternoon

  • From 1:20 PM – 3:00 PM in Room 310, Hynes, Third Level
    Emerging Scholars in Health and Medical Geography featuring Dr. Kirsten M. M. Beyer and Dr. Paul Mkandawire
  • At 3 PM directly followed by
    The Melinda Meade Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Mei-Po Kwan also in Room 310 Hynes (same place)
  • directly followed by
    Health and Medical Geography Reception (same place) also in Room 310 Hynes

At our business meeting, we will recognize recipients of the Peter Gould Paper Competition, the Jacques May Thesis/Dissertation Prize, recipients of the Melinda Meade travel awards, awardees for the Emerging Scholar(s) in Health and Medical Geography, and the Melinda Meade Distinguished Scholar. Finally, we will hold elections for the position of vice-chair, board members and student representatives.

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus John M. Hunter

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. John M. Hunter.



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HMGSG at AAG Boston 2017

There will be 72 sessions at AAG that were organized by members of HMGSG!  Stay tuned for details regarding session topics, locations, and times.




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Assistant Professor

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in Department of Geography & Environmental Planning beginning August 2017.


PhD in Geography. PhD in cognate field will be considered. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 2018. Demonstrable expertise in geographies of Africa course and experience teaching an upper-level Geography of Africa course. Evidence of teaching and scholarly research/publication required. Field research experience using qualitative and/or quantitative methods and experience with innovative teaching or the potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in dynamic ways are highly desirable.


Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year. Teach undergraduate introductory courses, an upper-level Geography of Africa course and other undergraduate and/or graduate courses that align with faculty area(s) of expertise. Research responsibilities including maintaining a record of scholarly research and publication. Other responsibilities include advising students in major/minor programs and service to the department, college and institution. Opportunities exist for contributing to other academic programs, especially the interdisciplinary studies program, which houses the African and African American Studies minor, International Studies, Environmental Science and Studies, Metropolitan Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

The Department:

The Department (www.towson.edu/cla/department/geography) offers majors in Geography, Geography and Land Surveying, and a number of combined majors. Minors in Geographic Information Sciences, Meteorology, and Geography are also offered. The department also offers a graduate MA in Geography and Environmental Planning.

Towson University:

Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has almost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of completed applications begins November 14, 2016 and continues until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application detailing area(s) of expertise, teaching experience, and background in geographies of Africa. Attach a research statement, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses (including email addresses) for three (3) references to:

Dr. Sya Buryn Kedzior

Assistant Professor Search Committee

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252

Email: tugeog@towson.edu

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Please be sure to visit http://www.towson.edu/odeo/employment/resources/data.html to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: CLA-N-3019.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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