The following 2007 AAG sessions were sponsored by the AGSG:
Applied Geographic Research
  • Session organizer: Barry Wellar, Wellar Consulting Inc. (
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    Presentations identify geographers engaged in client-driven, applied geographic research programs and projects, and report on the geographic aspects of research issues, problems, questions and approaches underlying the programs and projects. Topics covered include trends, opportunities and challenges in applied geographic research, funding agencies, scope of programs and projects, project terms of reference, research methods and techniques used, and the spatial aspect(s) of the research. The 2007 Applied Geographic Research session will have multi-country participation.

    Student Paper Competition
  • Session Organizer: Nancy Olsen (

    The AGSG is sponsoring a STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION for the first time. The paper and its research should illustrate geographic principles applied to real world problems and situations. Prizes will be awarded to the best paper in each category on any aspect of Applied Geography. The student papers can be from a class project, a term paper, independent research, or a project presented at any professional meeting in the 12 months preceding (and including) the San Francisco AAG conference.

    Participants are encouraged to present in the AGSG Interactive Short Paper (ISP) Session. To submit an abstract to the AGSG you must first register for the meeting. Registration for the 2007 meeting will begin in July, 2006. Please review AAG guidelines for abstract submission. Send an abstract of no more than 250 words as an email attachment and your personal identification number (received from the AAG after applying online at to the organizer Nancy Olson at

    There will be two categories for submittal; undergraduates and graduate students. Prizes will be awarded in the amount of $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place in both categories. All authors will be recognized for their participation.

    This year's competition includes:

  • Kate Julia Del Vecchio, Student - Clark University HERO. Abstract Title: The effects of land development on water use, social integration and sense of community in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
  • Young-Sik Kim, San Diego State University. Abstract Title: Investigating Intra-urban Dualism: The Case of Seoul Housing Market
  • Soumya Mazumdar - University of Iowa. Abstract Title: The effects of geocoding inaccuracies on the ability to recover relationships between environmental exposures and Health
  • Discussants: Nancy A. Olson and Glenn G. Hyman CIAT
    Sixth Annual James Anderson Distinguished Lecture in Applied Geography - An Extraordinary Experience!
  • Organizer: Barry Wellar
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    The Anderson Lecture, Increasing Flexibility in Legacy Systems, will be presented by William Garrison, the 1994 Anderson Medal recipient, and one of the world's foremost authorities in the field of transportation. The abstract of Dr. Garrison's remarks can be viewed below.

    In addition to remarks by Professor Garrison, the 2007 Anderson Lecture will feature four discussants -- Ross MacKinnon, Art Getis, Bill Black, and Waldo Tobler - , all of whom have known Dr. Garrison for many years, all of whom have considerable expertise in the domain of legacy systems in such fields as transportation, information technology, databases, and institutional arrangements, and all of whom are aware that increasing flexibility in legacy systems is a lot easier said than done.

    The 2007 Anderson Lecture promises to be thoughtfully provocative and provocatively thoughtful, which makes it a place to be while at the 2007 AAG Annual Meetings.

    William L. Garrison (1994 Anderson Medal Recipient), Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

    Priority for flexibility is a no-brainer. Flexibility is what we seek when striving to increase or expand economic and social choices, equity, technological innovations, and other desirable things. Flexibility provides the robustness we need to adjust to changes such as those arising from a warmer/colder world, and the actions required when managing threats from and results of social strife, economic downturns, environmental catastrophes, infrastructure disruptions, and war. Flexibility is easy to praise at the level of principle, if we allow that a bit of stability and resistance to change does have merit here and there. However, at the level of practice or operations the concept is most illusive, and explaining what flexibility means, why it is thwarted, and how it might be obtained is a very challenging task.

    My remarks begin by contrasting views of systems and their behaviors. Alternative explanations for behaviors thwarting flexibility are identified. Consequences of inflexible, locked-in development paths are illustrated using examples from transportation and similar systems. Suggestions for increasing flexibility are made after examining system behaviors in dynamic contexts. Academic, government, and industry experiencesinform and color my interpretations.

    Improving the Mobility of Children I and II (co-sponsored by Transport Geography SG).
  • Organizers: Selima Sultana( and Barry Wellar (
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    In car-oriented cultures the mobility of children has seriously declined, with major impacts for both them and their families. Children are at risk from lack of safe pedestrian and bicycle travel in auto-dominated transport systems, as well as suffering from the air pollution produced by these systems. Families with children face tremendous transport challenges as children often have to be driven everywhere: to schools, after-school activities, day-care, friends’ homes, recreation locations, etc. Through an excessive propensity by adults to drive, children are exposed to values that will increase the difficulty of achieving sustainable transport systems which are based on trips by walking, cycling and transit. This session is intended to stimulate research on children’s transportation for the present and in the future. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Spatial aspects of children’s mobility
  • Land use patterns and their role in school transportation
  • Strategies for promoting alternative modes to reduce car use for trips to school
  • Children’s independent mobility and accessibility to recreation and other facilities, and resulting impacts on health and quality of life
  • The effect of parental lifestyle and family structure on children’s mobility
  • Restrictions on children’s independent mobility at different stages of development
  • Regarding children as experts in transport planning
  • Programs to improve the safety of walking and cycling by children
  • Effect of transport-related air pollution on children
  • Impact of automobile-dominated cities on children and parents with disabilities

    Applied and Military Geography at Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) Topographic Engineering Center (TEC)
  • Organizer: Ed Butterworth

    Interactive Discussion Panel follows an executive assessment of Military and Applied Geography at the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in research, systems engineering, and operations support. The orientation helps geographers understand opportunities in geospatial science and engineering at TEC and the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Emphasis includes geography in the TEC, ERDC, Corps of Engineers, and Army missions and how TEC and its partners use geospatial expertise as the core of its intellectual capital.

    * Discussion Panel (Part 1) addresses geography across ERDC domains: Topography, Coastal Hydraulics, Cold Regions, Environment, Geotechnical-Structures, Information Sciences, and Construction Technologies.

    * Discussion Panel (Part 2) considers new initiatives to leverage Network Sciences and Quantitative Human Geographic research to enhance ERDC work in the physical, social, and biological sciences. Suggested pre-reading is "Network Science" available for on-line reading at - - as an Army Board on Science and Technology (BAST) National Research Council (NRC) study.

    * Discussions topics address enterprise settings relevant to anyone considering employment in either applied or military geography and to academics preparing students for any geographic workforce found in the knowledge economy. Panel includes geographers in civil service and military roles with ERDC as well as its open enterprise partner organizations in government, industry, and academia.

    * Time reserved at end-of-session for networking and one-on-one discussions.

    Geographers' roles and working in Geospatial Interoperability Standards
  • Organizer: Ed Butterworth

    Continued improvements in Geospatial Interoperability Standards practices are now key to worldwide exchange of geographic data, information knowledge via web services in this network centric ear. In combined short presentations and interactive panel discussions the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Staff and individuals form OGC member organizations in industry, government, and industry help you understand domestic and international geospatial interoperability standards. Learn about the opportunities to participate that are critical to you and your organizations: the business cases that compel organizations to participate, employment prospects in geospatial standards, how to relevant skills and knowledge, and discovering where you best fit in the standards community. Explore the motivations behind how businesses and agencies that focus on leveraging geospatial interoperability standards and how they miss the mission objectives while increasing profitability or public service.

    Today's Critical Applied Geography Issues
  • Organizer: Ed Butterworth

    Join in an open panel session with members and friends of the Applied Geography Specialty Group (AGSG) to explore pressing issues and concerns about the nature of applied geography. Anticipated discussion topics include making the transition from school to working in an organizations that uses geographic services, becoming established as an applied geography instructor, new trends in applied geography programs, and understanding what it means to say one is an applied geographer.

    Bill Wood Commemorative Session I, II, and III: Frontiers in Geography and U.S. Foreign Policy: Paper Session
  • Organizer:Lee R. Schwartz, George J. Demko, Jerome E. Dobson, Peter H. Herlihy

    Three sessions dedicated to the memory of the late William B. Wood, former State Department Geographer/Geographer of the United States. Presenters include both current members of this office and colleagues from other US government agencies with whom Bill worked closely. These sessions comprise part of a broader effort to publish a festschrift volume of commemorative essays organized according to themes of geographic research that reflect and honor Bill Wood's lifetime work, achievements, and legacy and include initiatives and innovations inspired by Bill's vision and leadership. The first session focuses on some of the historical and ongoing work done by the Office of the Geographer, as well as efforts undertaken by other agencies that with whom Bill worked closely.

    Pasteur's Quadrant: Geographic Research at the Boundary of Science and Policy
  • Organizer: Patricia Gober, Gregg Garfin

    The term, "Pasteur's Quadrant" was coined in 1997 by David Stokes, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, to refer to research activities that both advance scientific understanding and have real-world utility. Stokes argued that basic knowledge production and application ideally and go hand in hand, and that this sort of research should receive priority from funding agencies, universities, and society at-large. This is the first in a set of two sessions. It provides examples of interdisciplinary work featuring geography that is positioned the boundary of science and policy.

    Pasteur's Quadrant: The Challenges and Opportunities of Boundary Science
  • Organizer: Patricia Gober, Gregg Garfin

    The term, "Pasteur's Quadrant" was coined in 1997 by David Stokes, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, to refer to research activities that both advance scientific understanding and have real-world utility. Stokes argued that basic knowledge production and application ideally and go hand in hand, and that this sort of research should receive priority from funding agencies, universities, and society at-large. This is the second in a set of two sessions. It features an open discussion of the challenges of and opportunities for research at the science-policy interface.