¡Feliz Navidad!

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The Great Flood of 2016—Baton Rouge, Louisiana


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June LandCover6k Meeting in Utrecht

IMG_2636The LandCover6k meetings in Utrecht earlier this month significantly advanced the project. Since the Paris meetings last October, the regional test maps of land use, pollen records of land cover, and modeling efforts have all progressed. To wrap up the working sessions we went for a cruise of the canals of this beautiful city.

Grad School Summer Institute

The Graduate School Summer Institute ended last week. It was an amazing month-long gathering of graduate students, administrators, and faculty from across the university led by the Dean of the Graduate School, Michelle Massé. Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess:  What Caused It and How We Can Fix, joined us for discussions the first week. It led to several initiatives to address the challenges faced by graduate education at LSU. It also led to this wonderful group photo of one of the most creative, intelligent, and convivial groups I’ve ever been involved with at LSU.

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The Heart of the Matter

George Lucas, John Lithgow, and others appear in this video on the value of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, such as cultural and historical geography. Someone recently shared it with me, and I like it so much that I share it here with y’all.