We have had an exciting past 12 months – we hired 2 new tenure-track faculty: Dr. Esther Mullens and Dr. Kevin Ash, in Climatology & Meteorology and GIS & Hazards, respectively. In addition, we hired a full-time Grants and Contracts manager: welcome Alex! Finally we hired an Assistant Research Professor in Medical Geography, Dr. Michael Norris, to join the growing MedGeo Program here at UF. We ran our first Study Abroad 程序 in South Africa to great success and look forward to offering it again in May/June 2019. Our 部 rose to 5th in the college in terms of research dollars raised, behind only Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics和 the physical space renovations have continued. We now have 2 renovated computing labs [a laptop lab and a flipped classroom space], new computers in the Poehling 毕业 Lab, a redesigned main office and general improvements in faculty and student offices is underway this Fall. All in all we are starting another busy and productive year 和 continuing to build on the success 的 previous years!
This Fall semester we will continue with our physical space improvements, we will host our 2nd Annual ‘Celebration of Excellence in Geography Event’ on Thursday November 8th 2018. At this time we will also honor Dr. Stephen Golant and Dr. Abe Goldman, both of who retired this past year. In addition, all annual award winners will be recognized. So hold the date and more information to follow. Finally, we have a very busy year ahead in terms of hiring with 4 new faculty lines – in the areas of Spatial Networks, Human Geography (Economic & Political） Environmental Change and Medical Geography. Phew! We appreciate the growth and investment from the 学院 和 we can all look for more programs to be 的fered in the future!