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November 30, 2018


Dr. Law’s interview with WOWK 13

 Dr. Law was featured in the local news channel (WOWK 13) on November 15th, where he discussed the different types of inclement weather and hazards associated with each weather event that impact our region. He highlighted the need of community members to remain vigilant by making sure that the settings in our mobile devices are set to receive weather alerts so that we can be prepared to take action. Among all the useful and life saving information he provided in the interview, he particularly noted the difference  between a “watch” and a “warning”, which are constantly misunderstood by the public, but whose meaning we should  understand as they carry different expectations and actions. You can watch the informative interview at

Strong Presence of Marshall Geography at the 2018 SEDAAG Meeting

The Geography Department was well represented at the 73rd meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG). Three of its faculty members (Dr. Kozar, Dr. Law, and Dr. Leonard) delivered findings on their latest research. The Marshall delegation was also represented by Ann Lockard, a senior majoring in geography, who presented her research poster in the exhibit hall. Dr. Cordoba was also in attendance delivering the findings of the statewide survey on the state of geography in West Virginia, providing inputs to the steering committee, and attending the business meeting.

The conference offers multiple avenues for students to learn, get involved, and present their work (e.g. posters and paper expositions). To encourage the participation of students, the organization holds posters, paper, and photographic competitions, and monetary prizes are awarded in every category. Additionally, field trips are organized by the hosting university to nearby sites of cultural and environmental significance to enhance the learning experience and sense of community among fellow geographers. SEDAAG is the strongest division within the AAG and offers faculty and students the opportunity publish their work in their peer-review journal The Southeastern Geographer, a well-established academic journal soon to receive an impact factor. The next two meetings will be hosted by: University of North Carolina-Wilmington (Wilmington, NC); and the University of North Alabama (Florence, AL). Students should start making plans to attend the 2019 meeting Wilmington, NC.

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Dr. Law delivering his paper titled: Tornadoes in West Virginia

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Dr. Leonard delivering his paper titled: Tornadoes in West Virginia

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Dr. Kozar delivering his paper titled: Knowledge in Appalachia? Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) in the Appalachian Region

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Ann Lockard presenting her poster titled: The Effects of Median Age and Educational Attainment on Population Change; West Virginia 2010-2016

Job Opportunities

Here are the most recent job opportunities for our recent and soon to be graduates:

GIS Technician, Tekmark Global Solutions, Gahanna, OH

Geoprocessing Specialist, Sivisoft, Inc., Frankfort, KY

GIS Range Coordinator, Timmons group, Inc., Fort Eustis, VA

Entry Level Geospatial/Remote Sensing Analyst, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA

GIS Technician, Randstad Engineering, Raleigh, NC

GIS Technician, HKA Enterprises, Charlotte, NC

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


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