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University of Wyoming Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16-19

November 12, 2010
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Courtney Carpenter and Aaron Howe, both Geographic Information Science seniors from Rawlins, are members of a committee that is organizing events for Geography Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming. (UW Photo)

Programs ranging from mapping to human impacts on rivers and an annual geography bowl will be offered free during Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16-19 at the University of Wyoming.

Activities are sponsored by the UW Geography Club, Gamma Theta Upsilon geography honor society, UW Department of Geography and Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.

An informational table will be in the Wyoming Union breezeway Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Ellen Wohl, professor in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the College of Business auditorium. She will discuss "What should these rivers look like? Historical variability and human impacts in the Colorado Front Range." Food will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, James Meacham, senior research associate and director of the InfoGraphics Lab at the University of Oregon's Department of Geography, will speak. He will discuss "Atlas Cartography: Exploration and Experience in the Mapping of Oregon, Yellowstone, and the Mongolian Altai" at 4 p.m. in the College of Business auditorium. 

The Geography Bowl will take place in the Wyoming Union Gardens Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 7-9 p.m. with registration at 6 p.m. Teams of four can sign up at the Wyoming Union breezeway table.

Thursday, Nov. 18, the giant National Geographic Society map of Asia will be displayed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom.

Also, Andrew Marcus, professor and head of the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon, will discuss "New Views of the River: A Geographer's Perspective" from 4:10-5 p.m. in the College Business auditorium. Food will be provided.

For information, e-mail Richard Vercoe at or Stephanie Bartlett at

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