Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 25, 2018
Sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of AAG invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the specialty group’s annual Peter Gould Student Paper Competition. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. A $100 prize will be awarded in each of two categories: 1) undergraduate students, and 2) graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).

Please see attachment below for complete details!


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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; and Alexander Hohl (UNC-Charlotte; 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 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 ( 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 ( 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


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

Please be sure to visit 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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Call for Papers: Public Participation and Digital Geographies

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2017
Boston, MA, April 5-9

Organizers: Jerry Shannon, Ian Rossiter, and Dorris Scott, Community Mapping Lab, University of Georgia

Work in Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) and Participatory GIS (PGIS) has for many years emphasized the need for deep community engagement as an aspect of quantitative spatial analysis. The increasing ubiquity of big data, volunteered geographic information (VGI), open data and software and mobile and web based GIS systems has significantly shaped these efforts, allowing for new forms of collaboration and community based data collection. With increased use of VGI data from social media and similar sources, however, non-academics may also become increasingly marginalized within the research process.
For this call, we envision a session or series of sessions about the future of participatory spatial analysis, one that creatively makes use of new and emerging forms of data collection, analysis, and distribution or finds new uses for traditional methods. Presenters should be engaged in work that substantively engages with groups outside the academy–local/regional governments, non-profits, neighborhood organizations, or other similar actors. We welcome presentations about work at all stages of the research process and from a variety of geographic contexts. 

Possible topics include:
Open source/low cost software for mobile data collection and analysis
Tools for hosting and visualizing open datasets
Processes and software allowing for collaborative planning
Mixed methods research/qualitative GIS
Participatory research using crowdsourced data
Roadblocks and pitfalls of using mobile data collection and VGI in community engagement
Reworking/augmenting/hybridizing “traditional” PPGIS techniques
Best practices for community engagement with mobile data collection

To apply for this session, email a presentation abstract (250 word limit) by October 15, 2016 to Ian Rossiter or Dorris Scott All accepted participants will be required to register for the conference and submit the pin number for your abstract to the organizers by October 27, 2016.

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Call for Papers Aging, Health, and Health Care

Call for Papers: 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Boston (April 5-9, 2017)

Mark Rosenberg, Queen’s University
Kyle Plumb, Queen’s University
Jessica Finlay, University of Minnesota

Due to the widespread aging of populations coupled with social policy directives such as aging in place, there is a growing need to address the relationship(s) between the dynamic environments where healthcare is provided and the changing face of the people who occupy them. Geographers are well suited to address this need due to the inherent sensitivity to the ways that people and their health outcomes are shaped by the physical, social and psychological aspects of places and vice versa. This session is intended to provide a forum for perspectives of the complex transactions between people, place and health as well how these are further augmented as we age. To this end, emergent concepts and themes in health geography and aging as well as their application to the environments where health care takes place including the home, the hospital and long-term care facilities will be the focus of this session. 

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