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Envisioning a Sustainable Planet

The 2016 Fall Symposium of the American Geographical Society is the third in multi-year strategic dialog about the vital trends that will reshape the geography of our planet by 2050. Entitled Geography 2050:  Envisioning a Sustainable Planet, this symposium will convene thinkers from government, industry, academe, and the social sector to help develop a geographical understanding of the places that must be consciously conserved and restored over the coming decades in order to ensure that we collectively meet our societal sustainability goals.  Co-hosted by Columbia’s Earth Institute, this one of a kind event will bring together the nation’s best minds to constructively map and shape a future where our ecosystems and vital resources should be conserved, restored, and sustainably managed for the betterment of humankind and the Earth.

Register early and get discounted prices for the Symposium, taking place at Columbia University on November 17th and 18th, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For information about hotel accommodations for the symposium, click here and scroll down to the registration section.

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Where: Columbia University, New York City
When: November 17th and 18th, 2016 


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Become an AGS Junior Service Fellow TODAY!

Do you know any high school students who have taken the AP® Human Geography course, scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam?  If so, let them know that each them is now eligible to become an American Geographical Society Junior Service Fellow!  

These students have chosen to master collegiate level human geography while still in high school, where they have learned the core geographical concepts that serve as the foundation for a lifetime of geographical learning, public service, and professional success.  In doing this, they have self-selected in to our global geography community. In creating the AGS Junior Service Fellows (AGS JSF) category, the AGS seeks to provide these students with a global platform that will empower them to leverage the power of their geographical scholarship to make the world a better place through public service.

It can be done in 4 EASY STEPS:

Step 1)  Every student who has scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP® Human Geography exam can go to and register for the “Collegiate Human Geography” badge, uploading evidence of his/her test score.

Step 2)  Each student must earn at least one additional GeoBadge, from the following list, demonstrating a practical set of geographical skills “Skills”:  OSM Editor, OSM Surveyor, GeoAcademy (multiple), MapStory Editor, or MapStory StoryTeller.

Step 3)  Once the GeoBadges are earned, the students can become an AGS Junior Service Fellow by paying a ONE TIME $20 enrollment fee, by clicking here

Step 4)  To remain in “Good Standing” as an AGS JSF, each student must undertake at least 10 hours of public service ANNUALLY through geographical activities identified by the following GeoBadges (

YouthMappers:  Support to youth geography education through the establishment and operation of YouthMappers chapters, and support to their mapping activities.

CrisisMappers:  Support to any crisis through myriad mapping-related activities recognized by the CrisisMappers community.

MapStory:  Support to libraries, museums, government agencies, community organizations, and educational institutions that contributes new geographical data and stories to the global data commons via

GeoPlunge:  Support to the establishment and operation of GeoPlunge teams and tournaments.

NOTE:  This list is always growing, with new opportunities to give back to your community through geography inspired public service.

A student’s AGS Junior Service Fellow status is effective until they graduate college, assuming they remain in “Good Standing” through the regular performance of 10 hours of public service through geography, annually. 
*To mail in your registration payment for AGS JSF, fill out the form associated with the mail in version by clicking HERE.

Become an AGS Junior Service Fellow TODAY! 


Todd Huffman Joins as an AGS Fellow

The American Geographical Society (AGS) is pleased to announce our newest Fellow, Todd Huffman. Mr. Huffman is co-founder and CEO of 3Scan, a director of IST Research, and a member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, all organizations involved in the collection, organization, and understanding of spatial data in different domains. 3Scan is a computational pathology company building next-generation robotic microscopes for imaging and analyzing 3D spatial relationships in disease. IST Research solves information architecture challenges faced by those working in harsh conditions, such as post-crisis, and post-conflict reconstruction. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to humanitarian response and economic development.

Mr. Huffman is not a geographer, but he is a mapper.  He is educated in neuroscience, bioinformatics, and business, and has applied these talents to how we measure, see, and understand problems spanning nine orders of magnitude: from microns to kilometers. Despite dramatic differences in scale and domain, Mr. Huffman recognizes the importance of observing common principles in the transducing the world into data to support informatics-driven decisions. Mr. Huffman’s work has increased the resolution and scope of available data by redesigning collection workflows to change the economics of collection. Fostering communities is also a passion, and his projects frequently contribute to open-source software and open data sharing.

“Geography has always been an inspiration, and I’m frequently spreading Tobler's first law of geography to biologists: “everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”. Distance-based relationships transcend traditional scales, and I look forward to helping bring the principles AGS supports to new domains.” says Mr. Huffman.

Mr. Huffman’s work at 3Scan involves redesigning microscopes and the workflows associated with them, many of which were designed hundreds of years ago for human hands, eyes, and minds, for robotics sensors and computational analysis. The company’s flagship automated microscope, the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope, uses a novel diamond blade illuminator, robotics, and line-scan cameras to image and analyze microscopic structures hundreds of times faster than humans can. 3Scan is used by pharmaceutical companies to improve the pipelines for developing treatment for diseases with complex spatial components, such as solid tumors in cancer.

On the way to founding 3Scan, Mr. Huffman’s passion for mapping led him to Afghanistan, first working as a volunteer with Dr. Dave Warner and Dr. Lin Wells supporting medical and infrastructure development in 2008. He educated Afghans on using geospatial tools, and helped create the OpenStreetMap contributor community responsible for successfully renegotiating the entire country’s road data into an OSM compatible license. Along the same lines, in 2010, he deployed with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to Haiti to help train Haitians on damage assessment after the earthquake. He has supported OSM projects around the world.

While in Afghanistan Mr. Huffman joined the DARPA Forward Cell, led by Ryan Paterson, constructing a set of techniques for collecting and interpreting crowd-sourced data. For this work, his team was awarded a Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Mr. Paterson and Mr. Huffman have continued to work together at IST Research, where Mr Huffman is on the Board of Directors and is actively involved in projects such as the PULSE Platform. IST uses telecommunications technology to rapidly design and implement two-way communication systems in remote areas to help assess, plan, and coordinate interventions to solve rapidly evolving problems. The technology has been used around the world in areas such as Afghanistan, Liberia, Zambia, and more.

If you are interested in becoming an AGS Fellow, click HERE.

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Geo-Related Events All Over the U.S
Are you searching for a geography related event in your area? If so, check out the American Geographical Society (AGS) event calendar on our sister site, UBIQUE. With this calendar, you can search through scheduled geographic events taking place all across the United States. From geocaching to international geo-related conferences, etc., there is something for everyone. Just click on the event you are interested in attending, to discover more information such as the time, venue name, a description of the event, and a link to more information on the even.

You can also keep in touch with AGS related material by checking out our official Facebook page and our Twitter account.
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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.
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AGS will be seeking interns for the Spring 2016 semester Starting October 1, 2016. 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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