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Mashing up new landscapes
Summer 2015

WSU's Geographic Information System coordinator Rick Rupp helps students and researchers mash up maps and data to find insights.


Categories: Geography
Tags: Geographic Information System, GIS, Maps


Posts for Spring 2015
Spring 2015

Letters from readers address the mapmaker mystery, a memory of a favorite professor, and praise for an article on brick roads.


Categories: Geography, Alumni
Tags: Roads, Maps, In memoriam


Talking trash
Fall 2014

Our relationship with waste is anything but simple, as one WSU sociologist is finding as he investigates some of the country’s industrial waste sites, and as many WSU students will discover when they read Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Garbage.


Categories: Sociology, Geography
Tags: Brownfields, Waste, Garbage


Waiting for the Rain
Summer 2013

“The point of our visit was to talk about food, drought, and war. Begnemato sits in central Mali, in the east of Mopti province, where staples like millet and rice sell for six times what they did a year ago. Andoule blames their food problems on the fighting in the north and last year’s poor rains.... The previous year’s drought had depleted village seed stocks, and the conflict in northern Mali has either cut off many farmers from their fields or frightened them away.” From We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali.


Categories: Geography, Political science, Public affairs
Tags: Africa, Mali, War, Islamists


The 1710 Senex map of North America
Winter 2012

A 1710 map of North America by cartographer and engraver John Senex, which resides in the WSU Manuscripts and Archives, shows plenty of blank spots and provides insight into the continent as seen by Europeans of the time.


Categories: Geography, History
Tags: Maps, Cartographers, Eighteenth century


Maps, memory, and imagination
Winter 2012
The aspirations, dreams, and metaphors invested in maps are displayed in two recent books by WSU alumni, as well as several articles in this issue.
Categories: Alumni, Literature, Geography
Tags: Maps, Books


Posts for Winter 2012
Winter 2012

Alumni send in letters about William Julius Wilson, study in Morocco, and correction about butterflies.


Categories: Cultural studies, Geography
Tags: Buildings, Letters, Correction


Mixing it up
Summer 2009
Not since white settlers surged west, overwhelming the native population, has Washington been at all diverse in its population, at least if one defines “diverse” by ethnicity rather than European country of origin. By 1890, whites represented ...
Categories: Sociology, Geography
Tags: Diversity, Demographics


On the waterfront
Winter 2008
Tacoma's past may be a key to its future :: Twenty years ago, the City Club of Tacoma approached the city with a plan to unify the waterfront and build a walking path from the Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance. The painstakingly researched report urged that the entire waterfront be redesigned as a people place. Lara Hermann '95 was thrilled when a city hall worker handed her the document. "It was like a present just lands in your lap," she says.
Categories: Geography, Public affairs
Tags: Tacoma, Urban planning


When buoy meets barge
Winter 2005
"You look out on the ocean, and it looks huge. It looks like there's space for anybody or anything out there."But," says Steve Harbell, "really there's a lot going on."Take, for example, crabbers and ocean-going towboats. Historically, the two have...
Categories: Geography
Tags: Transportation, Crab, Ocean


Gig Harbor: Laureen Lund markets the town she loves
Summer 2005
Laureen Lund ('82 Comm.) recently celebrated her fifth anniversary as the person who sells Gig Harbor to the world. She seems to do her job well. At least, that's why I'm sitting in her office in Gig Harbor's city building in mid-August."The best ...
Categories: Alumni, Geography
Tags: Tourism, Marketing


An Exquisite Scar
Fall 2004
The beauty of the channeled scablands comes from unimaginable catastrophe.
Categories: Geography, Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Palouse, Channeled Scablands


All that Remains
Summer 2004

Nearly two-thirds of the Lewis and Clark Trail is under man-made reservoirs. Another one-quarter is buried under subdivisions, streets, parks, banks, and other modern amenities. Almost none of the original landscape is intact. No one appreciates this contrast like author and historian Martin Plamondon II, who has reconciled the explorers' maps with the modern landscape.


Categories: Geography, History
Tags: Exploration, Lewis and Clark, Trails


Halloween in Iraq
Spring 2003
A traveler explores rumors of genuine "evildoers."
Categories: Geography
Tags: Iraq, Journalism


Ukraine: Mining Every Opportunity for Hope
Summer 2002
There are many toasts, to friendship and Ukraine and its women, who maintain what is left of its social fabric.
Categories: Political science, Geography
Tags: Ukraine