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  • December 22, 2000 The Editorial Board of this AWG Newsletter wishes all Washington geographers (and those who want to be) Happy Holidays and a richly geographic New Year! Let us hope that a few more of you will send us your news items (long or short) or your own ideas in 2001! This Newsletter can only survive with your contributions!

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  • December 20, 2000 PGoPS (Professional Geographers of Puget Sound) announces its next brown bag lunch for Wednesday, January 17, 2001 The topic will be "Scheduling Airline Service". The speaker will be from Horizon Air. Contact Michael Alvine for details (Michael.Alvine@METROKC.GOV)

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  • December 2, 2000
    "The Spring meetings of the Association of Washington Geographers will be 6-7 April at Western Washington University in Bellingham. The Friday evening events will include dinner and introductions; the Saturday events will include paper presentations. The theme for Saturday is international borders -- flows, regions, regulation, etc." (JWH) See: Board Meeting

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  • November 27, 2000
    Karen Siderelis is Named USGS Geographic Information Officer U.S. Geological Survey Director Charles Groat announced the appointment of Karen Siderelis as the USGS Geographic Information Officer (GIO) effective November 27, 2000. Siderelis has most recently served as director of the Center for Geographic Information for the state of North Carolina. ( More!)

  • November 17, 2000
    USGS Names Ryan Associate Director for Geography
    Barbara J. Ryan has been named Associate Director for Geography of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the nation's largest civilian mapping agency. Ryan, who previously served as the bureau's Associate Director for Operations, will oversee program and policy responsibilities for the geography and mapping activities of the USGS.

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  • Geography Awareness Week (November 12-18)

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  • November 10, 2000 SOGS (Society of Geography Students, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia) would like to connect with similar or related geography clubs in Washington. Click here for details!
    The Society for Geography Students (SOGS) is the undergrad Geography course union at the University of Victoria. Popular SOGS activities include organizing seminars ("How to Get Into Grad Studies"), field trips (Gulf Islands, beaches, etc), beer-making (SOGSLAG 2000 is a great batch!) and getting Soggies to Geography conferences. SOGS keep in touch with regular meetings and a weekly e-zine "SOGS Notes": http://office.geog.uvic.ca/dept/announce/SOGS_NOTES.html
    Submitted by John Newcomb

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  • Nov.10, 2000
    Professional Geographers of Puget Sound (PGOPS)
    Brown Bag Lunch
    November 8, 2000

    Speaker: Ms. Cam McIntosh, Information Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

    Topic: Census 2000 Products, Geography Changes, and Trends

    Ms. McIntosh gave an overview of several key topics related to the 2000 U.S. Census. She highlighted issues related to race and Hispanic ethnicity. First, respondents were asked whether they are Hispanic or Latino before being asked about race. This allowed people to identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino regardless of which race they selected. Second, respondents were allowed to select one or more of six racial categories. This results in 63 possible racial designations (6 single racial categories + 57 combinations of two or more racial categories), all available at the census block level.

    Cam pointed out that with these changes in race reporting, there is no comparability in race statistics with earlier censuses. Also, users must be careful in analyzing the race data because situations can arise in which aggregations of sub classes could result in populations greater than the total population.

    Regarding census geography, Ms. McIntosh mentioned that census blocks are now defined by four digit numbers (rather than three digit numbers with suffixes) and that blocks no longer have a minimum population requirement. The change in numbering means that there is no relationship to block numbering in the 1990 census.

    Another geographic product that is being developed is Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). These are approximate area representations of USPS Zip Code service areas based on Census 2000 blocks. Data reported in this way will be very useful for marketing studies since many businesses collect customer data based on zip codes.

    Census 2000 also includes an Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (ACE). This is a survey of about 300,000 housing units that will be used to measure and correct the overall and differential coverage of the U.S. resident population to provide the most accurate population estimate. However, because of constitutional concerns,

    this data will not be used for apportionment of congressional representatives.

    Ms. McIntosh highlighted that most Census 2000 data will eventually be available on-line making access to and research of census data easier than ever. Availability is as follows:

    Dec. 31, 2000 Official State apportionment counts

    April 1, 2001 Redistricting counts

    April - Dec. 2001 100 percent data products

    Dec. 2001 - March 2003 Sample data products

    Additional information on Census 2000 can be found at the following website: http://www.census.gov

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  • Nov.2, 2000
    Fred Matteucci is eager to find out how many AWG members have actually written to Olympia on behalf of Geography K-12 education. Please drop him a line: fred.matteucci@shorelineschools.org

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  • Monday, October 30, 2000
    THE PROFESSIONAL GEOGRAPHERS OF PUGET SOUND present Ms. Cam McIntosh, United States Census Bureau, Brown Bag Lunch Speaker, who will discuss Census 2000 Products, Geography Changes, and Trends Wednesday, November 8, 2000 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Key Tower, Room 3403 (34th Floor), 700 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 5th and Columbia), Seattle, Washington

    For MORE DETAILS, Click here!

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  • Mon, 23 Oct 2000 16:46:46
    Subject: Support for K-12 Geography. Fred Matteucci sent this information for those of you willing and eager to write a letter on behalf of geographic k-12 education in the state. If you need further information, please contact Fred M. directly: fred.matteucci@shorelineschools.org

    Here are some further Web pages which might help: http://faculty.washington.edu/krumme/AWG/assoc.html#k12
    Thanks for caring about geographic literacy in Washington State!

    Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 15:20:45 -0700
    From: Fred Matteucci (fred.matteucci@shorelineschools.org)

    The items that need to be used in the letters to the State Board of Education, the Superintendend, and the local legislative people are:

    1. That funding for developing and state testing of the Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics, and Civics) be provided.
    2. That the Social Studies be a required part of the Certificate of Mastery at the tenth grade level as they are the foundation for citizenship.
      Social Studies should be part of the certificate of Mastery since it is in social studies that students learn the essentials of citizenship. It is of critical importance that our students become well-informed citizens if we are to continue as a strong democracy.
    3. That the testing for Social Studies be at grades 5, 8, and 11. The testing is presently at 5, 8, and 10. Since over 90% of the State's high schools teach the U.S. History at grade eleven, this would require a major shift in materials, staff, new texts, and reading levels. It is a big change. We really need the 11th grade as a testing area.


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  • October 21, 2000
    Check out the new Website of the Washington Geographic Alliance! It is still "under construction" but not entirely empty...

  • Oct 3, 2000:
    The new quarterly Colloquium Schedule of the Geography Department, University of Washington has just been posted. (Speakers, Topics, Time & Place)

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  • Oct 3, 2000:
    Professor Anne Buttimer (Ph.D., 1964, Univ.of Wash.), who once taught geography at Seattle University, is the new President of the International Geographical Union (IGU). Congratulations, Anne!

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  • September 8, 2000: Have you received your AWG mug already?
    Troy Brown reports:

    "We still have lots of AWG mugs; I will bring them to the
    autumn meeting."
    Further details: Troy Brown [tjbfam@earthlink.net]

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  • August 17, 2000


    The Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals had more than 26 awards available in Geography for lecturing and/or doing research abroad during the 2001-2002 academic year. Although the August 1 deadline is past, there are still some awards open and recruitment will continue. Click here for more!

  • June 2, 2000: There are now more details available for the FALL 2000 AWG meetings (October 21, 2000, at Bellevue Community College) (Click here for details).

  • May 30, 2000: US-Canadian Border Conference
    Conference title:
    Rethinking the Line: The Canada-US Border
    October 22 to 25, 2000
    The Waterfront Hotel
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    More Details!

  • May 25, 2000: Geography Bee Winner 2000:
  • Some URLs:

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  • Ellensburg AWG Spring Meeting 2000
  • Neil Sorenson's (AWG President) report on the Ellensburg conference:

    The spring meeting to the Association of Washington Geographers was a great success due to the hard work of Central Washington University organizers especially Karl Lillquist.

    The meeting was an evening and day affair with the keynote address being delivered on the evening of the 28th of April by Dr. Robert Pyle. Dr. Pyle's presentation examined aspects of the unique biogeography of Washington State.

    On the 29th of April the group was treated to range of presentations that truly highlighted the diverse interests of geographers-academic and applied-from various organization around the State.

    Nancy Hultquist spoke on aspects of Central Washington Universities geography program.

    Kerry Lyste's presentation covered his research on a watershed restoration project in a residential area of North Seattle.

    Lewis Yeager discussed research he was conducting on the environmental impact of dispersed campsites west of Ellensburg.

    Troy Brown covered expansion plans for the SEATAC airport.

    Karl Lillquist presented results of his research into mass wasting in the Swauk watershed.

    Charles Ryan reviewed two new high-end atlases.

    Bruce Davis discussed to the role of technology in geographic education.

    R. Alan Lloyd presented research he was directing for the City of Bellingham on different water metering schemes used in various parts of the city.

    James Huckabay discussed a CWU Geography Department program to help students develop their public speaking skills.

    Anthony Gabriel examined the effect of human made shore protection on shoreline changes in Puget Sound.

    Andrew Bach discussed the affect of katabatic winds on landforms in the desert areas of California.

    Gordon Kennedy discussed the benefits of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).

    Patrick Buckley presented aspects of his research into the historical geography of the Nisqually Delta.

    Scott Brady raised some interesting questions concerning the impact of globalization-specifically the export of Washington apples-on rural development in Honduras.

    The editor of this AWG Online Newsletter is still hoping to receive abstracts of as many of these presentations as possible. Please send your paragraph by E-mail (krumme@u.washington.edu) or via this "box". Thanks (gk).

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  • May 8, 2000; Robert Sager reports: I just received a letter from the National Council for Geographic Education that their Executive Planning Board approved AWG as an Affiliate at their April 9, 2000 meeting in Pittsburgh. NCGE is very interested in our participation in the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC from August 1-4, 2001. This could involve some national papers delivered by AWG members from our own cross-border meeting. Also they will be interested in field trips (e.g. Mt. Baker, San Juans, North Cascades, etc.). This is an excellent opportunity for all of us. Congratulations.

    Our NCGE contact is Ruth I. Shirey at ncge-org@grove.iup.edu and the NCGE website is www.ncge.org

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  • April 12, 2000 - Subject: Last Lecture Series: Douglas K. Fleming (University of Washington & Former President, AWG)

    Douglas K. Fleming, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, popular instructor of courses on Western Europe, international trade, ocean shipping and the airline industry, is giving a public lecture next week in the UW's "Last lecture" series. His topic is "Seattle's Maritime Orientation: The Character of a Seaport"; the talk is on

    April 20 at 12:30 pm in HUB 309.
    As Doug puts it, "Geographers and sea dogs are invited."

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  • April 6, 2000 REMINDER:
    Spring Meetings 2000: April 28 + 29, 2000, (Click!) at Central Washington University, Ellensburg.

    "Proudly tell the world (or at least your colleagues) that you are a geographer. Get your own Association of Washington Geographers mug at the Ellensburg meeting. The white mug has the forest green AWG logo printed on two sides!" (Troy Brown)

  • April 3, 2000:
    The Washington Sea Grant Program and
    the Washington Geographic Alliance are sponsoring
    an 'Interactive Workshop with a geographic twist':
    July 30 - August 2, 2000

    For more information, click here!

  • Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:20:13 -0800

    Professor Robert Kuhlken (CWU) reports:
    "Just wanted to let you know that Dr. Robert Michael Pyle [ http://www.cwu.edu/~geograph/pyle.html] will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming AWG meeting in Ellensburg."

    Program & Registration

  • Professional Geographers of Puget Sound (PGOPS)
    Brown Bag Lunch; February 23, 2000
    Speaker: Tino Salud, Manager, Marine Marketing & Business Development, Port of Seattle
    Topic: "Emerging Trends in the Seattle Cruise Ship Industry"

    On February 23, the Professional Geographers of Puget Sound (PGOPS) held a brown bag lunch. Mr. Tino Salud of the Port of Seattle Marine Marketing and Business Development Department was the guest speaker. His topic was "Emerging Trends in the Seattle Cruise Ship Industry."

    Tino explained that Seattle has historically had limited cruise ship activity, because of the U.S. "Passenger Services Act," dating from the 1880s. That act requires that only U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed ships carry passengers from one U.S. Port to another. Because few cruise ship lines meet these criteria, the result has been that Alaska-bound cruises depart from Vancouver, British Columbia instead of Seattle. Seattle cruise ship activity typically has been only a few annual ports-of-call from ships operating on the West Coast.

    In the past several years, modern cruise ships have been built that are fast enough to depart from Seattle, cruise to Alaska, and make a stop on the way back in Vancouver or Victoria. Thus, foreign-owned cruise ships - the primary participants in the cruise market - are now able to offer Alaska cruises from Seattle.

    For several years, the Port of Seattle has been working to attract a cruise ship line to homeport in Seattle. Homeporting means that a ship is based locally and is provisioned and serviced in Seattle, rather than merely stopping over.

    Starting in May of this year, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Royal Caribbean will homeport two ships in Seattle. NCL will be operating the newly built "Norwegian Sky" every Sunday this summer for a total of 21 trips. The ship will carry 2000 plus passengers. A typical itinerary will be Seattle to Glacier Bay on the Inside Passage with a stop at Haines / Skagway. Return stops will be at Juneau and Vancouver.

    The addition of these homeport vessels will substantially increase the economic benefit of cruise ship traffic in the Seattle area. Previously, Seattle had 6 - 12 cruise ships call each year. With the new homeport cruise lines, the total activity will increase to 37 calls this year. Each homeport call by a 2000 passenger ships results in $1 million in business revenues. Over the 4-year term of agreement with NCL alone, the impact will be $74 million and create 513 local jobs. Bookings on NCL are better than anticipated and will likely sell out for 2000.

    Seattle's cruise ship industry will be served from a newly constructed $16 million terminal at the Bell Street Pier (Pier 66). The Pier is a key part of the Port of Seattle's Central Waterfront Development Program and includes the Odyssey Maritime Museum, Restaurants and Retail, and the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
    [Reported by Troy Brown]

  • February 20: AWG NEWSLETTER (On-line Version of Paper-Edition)

  • The Professional Geographers of Puget Sound present Tino Salud, brown bag lunch speaker who will discuss

    Emerging Trends in Seattle's Cruise Ship Industry.

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 12:00-1:00 PM at Key Tower, Room 3205 (32nd Floor), 700 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 5th and Columbia, Seattle).

    Mr. Salud of the Port of Seattle Marine Marketing & Business Development Department will discuss the Port's recent successful efforts to attract passenger cruise ships to the Puget Sound area, and the economic benefits of the cruise industry. Norwegian Cruise Lines will begin offering Alaska cruises this spring from Seattle's Pier 66.

    Please contact Troy Brown at 206-439-7707 if you have questions or ideas for future brown bag topics.

  • Fred Matteucci reports (Jan.11, 2000):
    The new Social Studies EALRs for geography etc. have been written and are now online at: http://www.learningspace.org/socialstudies/
    (and more specifically here:
    You might want to check these out. (By the way: Fred chaired the geography sessions).

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