March 3, 2018

“Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”

If you recognize this quote, you know we are referring to what has become known in the discipline as the first law of geography. First articulated by Waldo Tobler in seminal work “A computer movie simulating urban growth in the Detroit region”. (1970). Economic Geography, 46(Supplement): 234-240. Professor Tobler passed away on February, 20th 2018, you can read the AAG’s obituary at Every geography student should have read and be familiar with his work, and if you are not familiar with it by now, reading his paper will be a good way to pay a tribute to him. For a good explanation of the concept read “Tobler’s First Law and Spatial Analysis” by Harvey J. Miller, Annals of the Association of American Geographers Vol. 94, No. 2 (June, 2004), pp. 284-289.

Finally, I would like to remind you that on Wednesday, March 14th the Geography Club will be holding its second meeting and attendees will be voting to elect the officers of the club. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for the positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, please email Dr. Law. The meeting will be in HH 202 at 2:30PM.

Funded undergraduate research at Marshall University Geography Department

 The Marshall University Research Corporation has funding available to promote undergraduate research and creative discovery. The awards provide a $3,000 stipend for the student and up to $1,000 for travel and materials for the summer. In addition, $1,000 is provided for the participating faculty mentor for travel. Up to 14 awards will be made.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0;

Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester previous to the summer in which the project is funded; and

Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a full-time faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project.

The student’s proposed project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 200-300 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 20-30 hours per week for 10 weeks) over the summer. The project must be structured so the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit or performance) at the end of the award period. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018. Contact a geography faculty who is doing work, or that can supervise your project, in your area of interest.

Job Opportunities

Internship- contact Dr. Leonard

GIS Technician, The Partners Alliance, Roanoke, VA

GIS Analyst II, Abacus Service Corporation, Herndon, VA

GIS Specialist, Aries Computer Systems, Inc., Herndon, VA

GIS Technician, Randstad, Roanoke, VA

Geospatial Analyst, Engility, Dulles, VA

GIS Technician I, Kelly, Roanoke, VA

GIS Technician, National Computing Group, Akron, OH

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.


The Geography Department