Casey Kahn-Thornbrugh, A PhD Candidate, has won the 2012 Graduate Centennial Achievement Award.  According to the Graduate College website, these awards “recognize outstanding achievement and contributions of minority graduate students at the University of Arizona. Awards are given to two students working in a master's degree program and two students working at the doctoral level during the current academic year.”

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Post date: Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:57

There are several outstanding students who received awards based on GPA, student engagement, and ongoing faculty input. 

The undergraduate student awards for December 2012 are out and the winners are:

Buttery Award for GIS: Robert Dietrich Walker

Hecht Award for Outstanding Senior: Rudy Anthony Monarrez

Hecht Award for Outstanding Junior: Ashley Rose Quay



Post date: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 14:24

At the 2012 Environmental Research Grad Blitz, Estee Rivera Murdock won Honorable Mention for her poster, Alison Macalady won Best Graphics Poster.

Melanie Colavito won first place in the Social Sciences and Law division at the 2012 Graduate and... Read more

Post date: Thu, 11/15/2012 - 11:48

Jabob Miller, a PhD student in Geography, has published, "Malls without stores (MwS): the affectual spaces of a Buenos Aires shopping mall" in  Transactions of the Institute of British GeographersArticle first published online: 2 NOV 2012, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00553.x.

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Post date: Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:33


Leslie Carpenter, a 2012 MS-GIST student, begins a new job as an Environmental & Land Use Planner with Tucson Electric Power. Her main responsibility will be to provide the Senior Environmental and Land Use Planner with technical assistance and to coordinate the processing of environmental and land use permits for distribution and transmission system reinforcement utility projects. She will also provide GIS support within Land Management, maintain database information, and acts... Read more

Post date: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 13:47

Brian Thaxton, of the MS-GIST 2012 program, was hired by Cymstar as a Visual Modeler.  This position uses ESRI, ERDAS, Google Sketchup and proprietary softwares to provide a 3-dimensional experience for A-10 flight trainers for the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard across the U.S.



Post date: Wed, 11/07/2012 - 20:34

PhD Candidate Jeff McGovern has accepted a postion as a Historian with the National Park Service's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri starting January 2013.

Post date: Wed, 11/07/2012 - 13:28

Atticus Zavelle, a current student in the MS-GIST program, was recently hired as a full-time Geospatial Technician with Statistical Research Inc (SRI).  SRI has offices throughout the Western United States and performs services and research related to cultural resource management and historic preservation.  He will be joining Rita Sulkosky, an MS-GIST graduate from 2011, in SRI's Tucson office.

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Post date: Sun, 11/04/2012 - 20:07

PhD graduate Brian Marks has accepted a visiting assistant professor position at the State University of New York, Geneseo beginning January 2013.  According to U.S. News and World Report's College Campus Compass, SUNY Geneseo was ranked 10 among the nation's best regional universities.

Post date: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:09

Melanie Summers received her Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in GIS from the University of Arizona in 2012.  During her time in the School of Geography and Development, Melanie served as the President of the Undergraduate Geography Club and was a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international geographic honor society (  She completed a summer internship with ESRI then was hired on fall... Read more

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