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AGS Announces New Geographical Review Award: The Best Paper Award
The Geographical Review is among the world’s top authoritative and scholarly periodicals devoted to geography. It is proud to announce the creation of an annual Best Paper Award. All articles published within a volume year, will be automatically entered – including articles in special features – will be eligible. The members of the Geographical Review editorial board will select the recipient. The winner will receive notification by January of the following year. The award will be presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. David Kaplan at
For additional information on the Geographical Review, click here!
AGS Announces President-Elect and Chair-Elect
The American Geographical Society announced the election of Dr. Marie Price (left) of George Washington University and Dr. Christopher Tucker (right), founder of MapStory as President-Elect and Chair-Elect, respectively, of the American Geographical Society.
"AGS has been lucky to have the leadership of John and Jerry for so many years,” noted Dr. John Konarski, Executive Director of AGS. “Both of them have been absolutely instrumental in ensuring that AGS continue its geographical leadership of over 164 years. They join a long line of exceptional historical figures who have held these positions over time and helped shape the nature of the discipline of geography as well as influence public policy, foreign policy and technology. Drs. Tucker and Price will find that the foundation built by John and Jerry will serve them well as they lead AGS in new endeavors” 
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Highlights from AGS Hosted Congressional Forum on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Highlights from AGS Hosted Congressional Forum on Illegal Wildlife Trade
The American Geographical Society (AGS) and The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) hosted a Congressional Forum "Criminal Nature: The Global Security Implications of Illegal Wildlife Trade" at the U.S Capitol Visitor Center on March 8, 2016.  The forum was sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and was extremely successful in bringing together groups from the public, private and NGO sectors to share best practice methods in combating both the illicit wildlife trade and terrorism and the linkages between them.
Introducing the newest Geobadge: YouthMappers
The newest group of GeoBadges was created by YouthMappers, a global community of university students, faculty, and scholars who create and use open geographic data and analyses that addresses locally defined development challenges worldwide. YouthMappers is a network which provides students the opportunity to connect with like-minded mapping enthusiasts globally through campus chapters and offers a built-in framework that helps sustain volunteer mapping efforts that are directly linked to actual data needs in developing countries.

The three new GeoBadges being featured are YouthMappers OrganizerYouthMappers Mentor and YouthMappers Founder. The Organizer badge recognizes members who have organized mapping events such as a mapathon, a map-off, local participatory mapping, teaching sessions, or other organized mapping activity.  The Mentor badge can be claimed by individuals that have helped mentor and foster their peers’ abilities in mapping. The third badge, YouthMapper Founder, acknowledges a student that has established a new YouthMapper campus chapter, therefore continuing the momentum of spreading the knowledge of mapping.
Geographical Review Editor and AGS Councilor Dr. David Kaplan to be on panel at the annual AAG Conference
The Canadian Geographer, Geographical Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs have organized a seminar at the upcoming 2016 annual AAG Conference in San Francisco on the art of preparing, submitting and revising an article. Geographical Review editor and AGS Councilor Dr. David Kaplan, along with editors Dr. Igor Vojnovic and Dr. Nadine Schuurman, will discuss "how to" and "what not to do" to publish successfully in geography and urban journals. Other topics will include the pressures introduced by Open Access publishing—for both authors and editors—and ways to encourage citation and downloads. In addition, the panel will discuss the importance the role of a reviewer plays and how to be a good one. 
The event will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in the Vienna South, Marker Hotel’s Lower Level from 1:20- 3:00pm.
For additional information, please check out our calendar
Join AGS Today
There are numerous benefits to becoming a affiliate of the 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 is currently seeking interns for the Summer 2016 semester. Join us in our Brooklyn Heights headquarters, and be rewarded with a monetary scholarship! Deadline to apply is April 25th.

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. 

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