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The AGS Elects New Councilors
Dr. Michael Steinberg and Mr. Mark Safran
The American Geographical Society welcomes Dr. Michael Steinberg, Associate Professor at The University of Alabama, and Mr. Mark Safran, Program Manager for Geospatial Solutions at BAE Systems, as the newest members of the AGS Council. 

Dr. Steinberg currently directs the Natural Resources Conservation Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama.  He works with students and other academics to research human-wildlife interactions with the goal to develop pivotal conservation strategies. At BAE Systems, Mr. Mark Safran is responsible for producing and maintaining geospatial data and cartographic products for use by government agencies. Under Mr. Safran’s guidance, BAE Systems has grown to be an important center of mapping programs that provide customers with accurate location data and cartography catered to customers’ needs.

The AGS Council is the governing board of the Society and has been leading the organization since 1851. Some of the nation’s most prominent historical leaders have served on the Council including Henry Grinnell, Seth Low, Isaiah Bowman, Archer M. Huntington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Noble Wilford, and many of the leading geographers, business leaders, and political figures throughout the decades. AGS is proud to welcome its newest Councilors. 
Dr. Michael Steinberg
Mr. Mark Safran
For the full press release on Dr. Michael Steinberg and Mr. Mark Safran, click here. 
 
Spread the Word:
AGS Has A New Membership Category for
Individuals from Developing Countries! 
Through our social media platforms, we have noticed an increased interaction with individuals in developing countries. We are interested to expand this growing relationship and want to offer colleagues in developing countries the opportunity to interact with us more closely. To do this, we are offering a deeply discounted Developing World membership for USD $20 per year. People applying from the following countries are eligible. 
 
To view the different membership levels as well as the benefits of joining AGS click here
 

Submit Your Proposal...
The Geographical Review, our flagship journal, has a long-standing tradition of publishing special issues on specific themes or topics. We are currently calling for proposals for the next special issue which will focus on research methods in the 21st century, entitled "Doing Fieldwork".  This special issue will explore the questions surrounding "What is research?"  We invite authors interested in reflecting on their own experience to submit proposals especially those using creative and synthetic methodological approaches.  We welcome submissions from geographical researchers across all sub-fields and are keen to hear and learn from those who are creatively rising to the challenges of integrating “fieldwork” with other methods. 

Interested? Click on the PDF image for downloadable instructions on how to submit your proposal.
Join AGS and Start Receiving DailyGeo  
Join AGS and start receiving the latest issue of DailyGeo - which includes today's headlines viewed from a geographical perspective. DailyGeo is of interest to people from all fields and backgrounds; business leaders and AGS Teacher Fellows alike find it useful and informative in both the office and the classroom.  All of our members enjoy receiving DailyGeo in their inbox as a quick, morning news roundup every Monday through Friday. 

Don't forget to check out DailyGeo's fun trivia questions!

For an in-depth look at the sections of DailyGeo, click here.
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*If you have any questions pertaining to membership, contact us at ags@americangeo.org.
 
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Say Hello to This Month's Fellow:
Stephen A. Gillotte

Working with AGS to promote geographical awareness
Stephen is a seasoned geospatial leader with nearly 20 years of US Army & National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) development experience. His strengths lie in establishing the vision, strategy, and implementation of geospatial systems, and facilitating geospatial data and intelligence across the disparate enterprise. Stephen has a proven track record as both a strong leader and a peer mentor. He holds a particular interest in supporting higher education STEM initiatives and community activism.

Stephen believes that our nation’s Soldiers deserve the very best Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) capabilities our nation can provide, which is why he started Reinventing Geospatial, Inc. (RGi) in 2009 with the goal of continually striving to do better through innovation and expediency of delivery. As President and CEO of RGi, Stephen has overall responsibility for guiding the strategic direction and growth of all RGi operations. He has led the engineering and development of $27.5M of support to the Government, winning RGi the Washington Technology “Fast 50” award in 2017.

One of Stephen’s great passions is higher education. He oversees a robust Internship/Co-op program with both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland that provides high-potential students with projects and mentoring opportunities within the US Army.  To provide students with real-world experience as developers, Stephen created a Capstone program at Virginia Tech, where a team of senior Computer Science students who are tasked with using Machine Learning.

In 2017 Stephen established the RGi Power Pack Program (P3) in partnership with Food For Others; to date delivering 3,500 pounds of food to local students in need. Following his P3 program, Stephen has created a Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program focused on educating people in need with basic computer training while they are seeking shelter.

As a Fellow for the American Geographical Society (AGS), Stephen continues to dedicate resources to the advancement of geographic thinking, knowledge, and understanding across the Intel Agencies and US Army, leading to improvements in Soldier-facing technologies. Stephen joined AGS because his personal passion for geography, the geographic sciences and education run parallel to AGS’s mission to promote geography in business, government, science, and education. He is an avid world traveler and enjoys exploring the diverse geographies and cultures around the globe.

Click Here to Become a Fellow and Get Featured
To become part of #IAMGEO, contact us at ags@americangeo.org.
Check Out What's New In FOCUS
CONSTRUCTING NATIONALISM THROUGH THE CITYSCAPE: THE SKOPJE 2014 PROJECT

The latest FOCUS featured article, written by Wesley J. Reisser from the Department of Geography at George Washington University, focuses on Macedonia's capitol city, Skopje, and it's journey to establish itself within a country which had not been named Macedonia since 300 B.C.E. Following the disintegration of Former Yugoslavia, the newly sovereign country of Macedonia was faced with the challenge of creating a national identity. Through a combined effort between the city and state, Skopje served as the setting for reinvigorating a sense of pride and understanding of what it truly means to be Macedonian.  
***The new digital FOCUS provides an opportunity for all AGS members to publish their unique perspectives for the edification of the world’s community of geography enthusiasts, teachers, and students.  For information on submission guidelines click here.  
 
Call For Proposals
GEOGRAPHY 2050: Powering Our Future Planet
The AGS is now accepting Lighting Presentation and Poster proposals for our upcoming annual Fall Symposium: Geography 2050.  This year's theme will be "Powering Our Future Planet."  Lightning Presentations are short, engaging talks consisting of about 20 slides with each staying on screen for 15 seconds, totaling a 5 - 7 minute presentation.  All Posters will be conveniently available for Symposium participants to examine throughout the event’s two days in the Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall. 
  • For more information on Lightning Presentation proposals, click here
  • For more information on Poster Presentation proposals, click here.

We Are Accepting Applications
For the Summer AGS Scholar Internship Program 
Don't wait until the last minute! Act now and apply to the American Geographical Society (AGS) 2018 Summer Scholar Internship Program at its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Undergraduate/graduate students of all majors with a minimum 3.2 GPA are encouraged to apply now.
 
For more information and how to apply for the
AGS Scholar Internship Program click here
AGS Partner, USGIF, Will Host GEOINTeraction @ SXSW in Austin, TX. 
 
Join USGIF for GEOINTeraction on Tuesday, March 12  2018 at Austin's SXSW Festival.   GEOINTeraction is a free networking event where you can meet like-minded geospatial enthusiasts, develop new relationships, and exchange ideas and opportunities.  CIA Digital Futures Director, Teresa Smetzer, and UT Austin Innovation Center's, Dr. Bob Metcalfe, will both be featured speakers.  Make sure to stick around for music and games on the rooftop! 
 
For more information, click the graphic above. 
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Join us in our Brooklyn Heights headquarters, and work with the AGS staff. Summer interns are full-time and academic semester interns are part-time positions worked around the students class schedule. Interns have the opportunity to work on a multitude of projects and initiatives developed by AGS. Internships are highly competitive and include a scholarship awarded at the end of the experience. To apply for the AGS Scholar Intern Program click here!

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The AGS offers an array of membership options- Student, Teacher, Retiree, Professional, Fellow and Developing World.  Students, Retirees, and Developing World members are offered discounted membership rates and receive the full benefits of Professional membership such as a digital subscription to the Geographical Review and DailyGeo sent straight to your inbox.  Affiliation with the AGS is also a way to promote geographic literacy, geographic thinking, geospatial innovation, and geographically informed public policy. By joining AGS your tax deductible contribution goes to fund initiatives across America. Choose the membership level that best fits your interest in leading the way for geography. For more information click here.

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