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FOCUS on Geography:
Become a Part of AGS' New Publication

The new digital FOCUS on Geography continues in the tradition of the original paper magazine, but in a more dynamic and interactive format. The new FOCUS is a peer-reviewed digital publication that will publish your contributions as they are ready beginning with the first articles of Volume 59 (2016). Each feature article and photo essay will be issued a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and all elements of the new journal will be archived. In addition, all elements of digital FOCUS on Geography will initially be Open Access. We believe this format will better serve the needs of our affiliates, subscribers, and the geographically passionate public.

To begin, the journal will have three distinct features: feature articles, photo essays, and geo-quizzes. For all issues pertaining to the publication of FOCUS on Geography the editors can be contacted at

To submit an entry to be put up as a featured article or a photo essay, please navigate to FOCUS by clicking here or on the logo above and scroll to the bottom of the homepage to review submission details.

Make sure to take the GeoQuiz today and challenge your friends and family over Twitter, Facebook and email to beat your score!

Passing the Baton: Welcoming
Marie Price and Chris Tucker
Left: Dr. Jerome Dobson shakes Dr. Marie Price's hand.
Right: Mr. John Gould shakes Dr. Christopher Tucker's hand.
On June 24th, 2016 the American Geographical Society (AGS) held its biannual Council meeting at the Manhattan offices of its long time patron, the law firm Thompson Hine, and inducted its new President and Chairman. As told in the recent article by AGS Councilor Dr. Deborah Popper, entitled Changing of the Guard, this Council meeting signals an important transition of AGS leadership and roles.

After two decades of demonstrated leadership on the Council, Dr. Marie Daly Price becomes the Society’s first female President in 165 years taking the reigns after Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Dobson’s 15 years of service as President.  Dr. Christopher K Tucker takes the helm as Chairman, hoping to achieve a fraction of what Mr. John Gould accomplished in his 40 years of service to the Society.  Dr. Dobson will remain on the Council as President Emeritus, and Mr. Gould will remain as Chairman Emeritus and Treasurer.

Dr. Price plans to reboot the American Geographical Society into a dynamic and innovative space. She strives to turn AGS’ gears from content provider into a space providing geographical services and training. Furthermore, engaging young geographers is another important goal. The public has and is currently facing limited exposure to the discipline of geography in school and this translates into an inadequate perception of what geography actually is. Dr. Tucker reinforces this initiative and believes that while AP Geography is currently exploding in schools at a far higher rate than ever before, AGS can take this influx and help guide engagement in geography and geospatial tools.

Executive Director, Dr. John Konarski stated “This moment signals an important inflection point for the Society, as two titans in its history pass the baton to two innovators in the industry and discipline of geography.  Together, these four have helped set a new trajectory for the Society that builds on its 165 years of success, and offers exciting opportunities for geography professionals, geography innovators, and geography enthusiasts of all ages to make the world a better place through geography."
Bring GeoPlunge® to Your Community:
A National Call for Participation
Do you want the kids in your community to learn geography, creativity, strategic thinking, good sportsmanship and communications skills simply by having fun? Well, with GeoPlunge® you can do that, in your home, your school and your community.  And now, the AGS is collaborating with LearningPlunge Inc., the Washington, DC based educational non-profit behind the GeoPlunge game and tournaments to take it national. And, we want you to be a part!  First, watch this short video about GeoPlunge.

GeoPlunge® offers a great way to help children learn about United States' geography while simply having fun. It is a game for all ages, from first graders to senior citizens. In fact, one of the best things about GeoPlunge® is that adults often like playing it every bit as much as the kids. But in its most simple formulation, GeoPlunge® teaches children from the first grade on up communication skills, creativity, strategic thinking and sportsmanship, while they become masters of the geographical knowledge they need to succeed in social studies and to be better citizens. GeoPlunge games are easy to learn and can be played at home, in school, or at one of the tournaments.

Alan Fishel, the inventor of GeoPlunge®, said "We are so excited about collaborating with The American Geographical Society. We have spent the last decade watching GeoPlunge grow locally, with feedback from parents, students, teachers and administrators that the game should be national.  We have heard countless stories that it has transformed children that never thought they were smart enough for academic competitions, giving them confidence, strategic critical thinking skills, and teaching them about sportsmanship and teamwork. Best of all, children of all ages and their parents learn a great deal about our country without even realizing it because they are having so much fun. We look forward to working with AGS to expand our reach and expose people throughout the country to GeoPlunge®.

Today, the American Geographical Society, in collaboration with LearningPlunge  Inc., is opening a National Call for Participation to bring GeoPlunge® to schools nation-wide, and to establish citywide and regional tournaments just like that which has hosted thousands of enthusiastic kids in Washington DC over the past decade.
Kids can learn the game in minutes, and become fluent (and even frighteningly good!) at it in a matter of weeks.  This is why the American Geographical Society and LearningPlunge  Inc. are confident that with your engagement, we together can bring GeoPlunge® to schools nation-wide.  You can not only help the establishment of GeoPlunge® teams in your schools, but also help establish citywide and regional tournaments, to be held on November 15th 2016, just like that which has engaged thousands of enthusiastic kids in Washington DC over the past decade. 
Tournament locations will be determined based on the energy and interest of those of you who respond to this National Call for Participation by emailing us at  We will get back to you soon with instructions on how to organize a team and a tournament.  Please include your a) city, b) state, c) school, d) the grade level (Grade 1-8) you seek to organize, and e) a phone number where we can reach you.
GeoPlunge® is designed to resonate with all kinds of learners, from the most attentive kid in class to the students who struggle to pay attention, and offers an onramp to lifelong learning through fun.  Become a part of this movement today, and help us bring GeoPlunge® to every community in America!  And, along the way, contestants, coaches, and champions can claim their GeoPlunge® GeoBadges.

Click to follow GeoPlunge® on Facebook!
Featured AGS Fellow:
Manh Pham
  This month, we highlight one of our newest AGS Fellows, Mr. Manh Pham. Mr. Pham is an IT Project  Manager  at Accenture Federal Services (AFS). AFS is a  leading  professional services company, providing a wide  array of  services and solutions in strategy, consulting,  digital,  technology and operations.  Manh supports their  Intelligence  and Federal Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Outsourcing and Client Delivery portfolios,  contributing to the U.S. National System for Geospatial  Intelligence (NSG).  Manh has further demonstrated his  passion for geography by serving on the Board of Directors of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation representing its Young Professionals in GEOINT (YPG) Community.

As part of the YPG’s public service activities, Manh got involved in supporting the annual GeoPlunge tournament in Washington, DC as a volunteer and coach.  It is Manh who brought GeoPlunge to the attention of the American Geographical Society, and who will be helping coordinate the national rollout.

Said Manh, “As an AGS Fellow, I look forward to working with the Society and LearningPlunge, Inc. to bring GeoPlunge to every child, every household, and every school in the nation.  I have been inspired by the way kids playing GeoPlunge easily surpass the limits that adults simply assume that they have, and in a way, teach us what it means to learn.  I and my fellow YPG colleagues look forward to working with schools around the country to leverage this game to help transform children in to lifelong learners inspired by Geography."

Prior to joining AFS in 2010, Mr. Pham started his career as a Satellite System Engineer at Lockheed Martin, where he operated and managed a series of satellite projects. He later served as a Senior System Engineer where he provided project leadership and technical guidance in the resolution of system anomalies and operational challenges.

Mr. Pham holds an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from George Washington University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Become an AGS Fellow today, and help transform how our society and your community harness the power of Geography!
Introducing FOCUS Newest Editor:
Dr. Michael Steinberg 
Dr. Michael Steinberg.

As of this month, the American Geographical Society (AGS) is proud to welcome Dr. Michael Steinberg as our newest editor of FOCUS on Geography. Dr. Steinberg has published in the Geographical Review and FOCUS as well as myriad other publications including The Professional Geographer and Conservation and Society. In addition, he has published a number of books on wildlife and wildlife landscapes such as Stalking the Ghost Bird: The Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Louisiana.

Dr. Steinberg has taught geography and environmental studies courses at Prescott College, the University of Alabama, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Southern Maine. His research interests include wildlife conservation, cultural and political ecology, and conservation mapping.

When asked about his new role as editor to FOCUS, Dr. Steinberg stated, "I am honored to be the new editor of Focus for several reasons. First, the new digital Focus provides a unique and creative publishing outlet for geographers. Given the rising costs of print publications, fewer and fewer articles feature photographs. While understandable from a financial perspective, photographs are critical forms of communication and education for a field-based discipline such as geography. Without photographs, we are only telling part of the story. And second, one of my first publications as a graduate student was in the print Focus back in 1997. I have also published several articles in the Geographical Review. I have a deep appreciation for the AGS, and the opportunities it has provided to further my career through its publications. As editor, I hope to provide similar opportunities to other scholars."

Check out the new digital FOCUS on Geography by clicking Here!

The 2nd White House Mapathon
AGS Councilors Dr. Lee Schwartz (right), the Geographer of the United States, and Dr. Joshua Campbell (left), co-creator of the MapGive project, attended the 2nd White House Mapathon on July 7, 2016.
This year's event focused, in part, on malaria eradication efforts in Mozambique, a combined project of the Peace Corps, President's Malaria initiative, and USAID. More on the actual mapping task can be found here. Mapping efforts are still underway, and more volunteer mapping contributions are needed to finish the task.

The event marks the second White House-hosted mapathon, representing a significant, and growing awareness within the United States government of the power and potential of volunteer mapping.  The live stream of the event is recorded here and features speakers including the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, State Department Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, and American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.

For more information on how to become involved with open, humanitarian mapping, check the MapGive video on Why Mapping.
Apply Now for the Fall
AGS Scholar Internship Program 

The American Geographical Society (AGS) is accepting applications for its Fall 2016 Scholar Internship Program at its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate students from accredited colleges and universities who have maintained a grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. GIS and HTML coding experience are desirable skills.

The responsibilities of a Scholar-Intern include:

1. Journalism/Communications
2. Social Media Management
3. Database upkeep 

To learn more about what each scholar internship position entails and to apply to become an AGS Scholar Intern, Click Here!

Join AGS Today
There are numerous benefits to becoming an affiliate of  AGS, from access to renowned publications, symposiums and other events, student scholarships and internships; there is something for anyone interested in geography. By joining AGS, you become a part of the oldest not for profit Geographical Society in the United States, dedicated to the advancement and integration of geography into our everyday lives.
Get involved as a...

AGS is seeking interns for the Fall 2016 semester. Join us in our Brooklyn Heights headquarters, and be rewarded with a monetary scholarship! 

We offer vast options to join the AGS as a member...explore how to join as a student, and receive benefits such as a waiver of fees when publishing in the Geographical Review, access to fellowship grants, and more or join us as a Fellow, and join a group of committed geography professionals and enthusiasts who care about the world as we will see it in 2050. 

Do you have an opportunity to get involved in your community with Geography? Do you want to create your own Geobadge? Contact and share your ideas with us and let's find a way to work together!
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