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  • January 2002: Upcoming Conferences [from: 47o North: Newsletter of the Department of Geography at CWU]
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  • Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001
    From: "Alvine, Michael" 
    Subject: PGoPS Needs You! & Bruno's Lunch next Friday!!!
    Hello Members,
    As you may have noticed, PGoPS has been rather inactive this fall because
    several of the current officers have been caught up in the demands of
    work and have not had time to arrange brown bag speakers or plan other
    It is an appropriate time to solicit new officer candidates.  The
    steering committee recently combined the membership chair and treasurer
    positions, to simplify those tasks.  Founding membership chair David
    Fansler has agreed to continue to manage our database and membership
    The other two key positions are President and Meetings Chair.  Neither of
    these is a big job, but each takes a small amount of attention at regular
    intervals.  Current steering committee members/officers will be happy to
    assist you in getting acquainted with these jobs.  In particular, we can
    arrange meeting space without any trouble, which constitutes about half
    of the Meetings Chairperson's job.
    We feel it is important to draw new leadership into the organization to
    keep it relevant and fresh.  Please consider volunteering for either of
    these two positions, even if you have not been active in the past.  We
    will have a no-host lunch at Bruno's Mexican/Italian restaurant (1417
    Third Avenue in downtown Seattle) next Friday, December 14, from 11:45 am
    to 1:00 pm.  Please come and meet your fellow members and learn more
    about the leadership positions.
    					Mike Alvine,  Outgoing President

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  • Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001
    From: John Newcomb 
    Best of the Season to AWG Board!
    Announcing release of new text below which might be worth considering 
    for a BC or Canada-theme geography course that a Washington university
    or college might be offering. 
    John Newcomb
    lab instructor, Geography Dept, UVic, and
    Society of Geography Students adviser:
    Canadian Western Geographical Series 
    Volume 36
    Edited by Colin J.B. Wood
    ISBN 091983826X
    price: $32.00
    This wide-ranging collection of essays focuses on the geography of British Columbia.
    Chapters, authors:
    1. Introduction, Colin J.B. Wood
    2. Mapping the Province: Past and Present, C. Peter Keller
    3. Landforms and Natural Hazards, Harold D. Foster
    4. Climate, Stanton Tuller
    5. Water Resources, Sandra Smith
    6. Vegetation, Michael C.R. Edgell
    7. Geopolitical Development: An Overview, Paul F. Thomas
    8. Geography and Treaty Negotiations, Frank Duerden
    9 Chinese: The Changing Geography of the Largest Visible Minority, David Chuenyan Lai
    10. Spatial Economy, Colin J.B. Wood
    11 Land Recreation, Bruce Downie
    12 Tourism, Rick Rollins
    13 Land Use Planning, Colin J.B. Wood, Cimarron Corpe' and Laurie Jackson
    14 Mineral Development, Jo Harris
    15 Energy, John Newcomb
    16 Forestry, Alan Vyse
    17 Agriculture In Perspective, Colin J.B. Wood
    18 Fisheries, Colin Wood and Cimarron Corpe'
    19 Marine Conservation, Philip Dearden
    Produced and published by 
    The Western Geographical Press. 

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  • November 4, 2001

    From: Neil Sorenson
    To: AWG Board and Members
    Subject: Report on the AWG Fall Meeting

    The Fall Meeting of the AWG was a huge success. The faculty and staff at the U.W. did a great job of setting up and coordinating the activities that are essential in putting together a well-run conference. A special thanks must go the J.W. Harrington for his leadership and management skills. J.W.'s effort was apparent in the way the meeting smoothly tracked from one event to the next.

    Since we had concurrent session, I was not able to attend all of the presentations. However, the presentations I did attend were excellent. I was particularly appreciative of the student presentations. The student papers were all well thought out and informative.

    This is the second time we have had awards for "best" student paper presentations. This winners were:

    These individuals were presented with an AWG coffee mug and a ten-dollar check. The runners up, David Paschane, U.W., and Keltie Craig, U.V., were presented with AWG coffee mugs.

    While I was gratified to hear the student presentations, I was equally happy to hear faculty members from various institutions talk about their research. It is apparent that the faculty at our Washington institutions of higher learning or on the cutting edge of geographic research.

    During the business meeting we were able to complete the elections of officers. We had three positions to fill-Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The new officers will be J.W. Harrington, Vice President; Charles (Chip) Dodd, Treasurer and Todd Wright, Secretary.

    I informed the members present about the passing of Fred Matteucci. Everyone was in favor of looking into establishing an award for either a deserving K-12 student or a geography teacher to be given in Fred's name. Moses Lai liked the idea and made a very nice financial donation to get the award off the ground. This item will be discussed at the next board meeting.

    Selected Photos: (Web-posted & hosted by our Canadian Friends)

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  • October 21, 2001: The Program for next week's AWG Fall Meeting at the UW

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  • October 20, 2001: Fall Colloquium Schedule, Department of Geography, University of Washington [Fridays, 2:30, in: 241 Mary Gates Hall]

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  • October 15, 2001 We just received the very sad news of Fred Matteucci's accident and death during the summer. Fred sustained fatal injuries while working on an automobile at home. He is survived by his wife. Fred had only recently retired from Shorecrest High School.

    "Fred was a strong friend of AWG. He represented the view of geographers at sessions on k-12 education in Olympia. He was a past President of the AWG and over the last four years, during my tenure as VP and President, he continued to serve as a board member. It is going to be difficult to find someone to replace him on the board who can provide insights into k-12 geographic education." (Neil Sorenson, AWG President)

    "I am really sorry to learn about it. Professionally, I had been working with Fred within the Association of Washington Gepgraphers and some other geographers organizations for the past twenty some years. We had opportunities to share lots of our ideas regarding improving geography education in the state of Washington. Fred was a great pioneer and warrior in geography . As far as I know, his contributions to the K-12 geography education were tremendous. He was one of the most respected geographers in the state of Washington I know." (Moses Lai, AWG Board)

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  • September 21, 2001: Information about the upcoming Fall Meeting of the AWG (Oct 27, 2001 at the UW) can be found HERE! There also will be a Student Paper & Poster Competition

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  • FROM: Ron Abler (AAG) Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 1:21 PM Subject: Details on 11 September 2001 Geography Community Fatalities Bernard Brown, age 11, student at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, DC. Bernard was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles that was crashed into the Pentagon. He was traveling to a four-day National Geographic Society field workshop in the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary off Santa Barbara, California with teacher Hilda Taylor. Sarah Clark, age 62, teacher at Backus Middle School in Washington, DC, American Airlines 77 passenger en route to the National Geographic Society workshop with student Asia Cottom. Asia Cottom, age 11, student at Backus Middle School in Washington, DC., a passenger on American Airlines flight 77 traveling to the National Geographic Society workshop. James Debeuneure, age 58, teacher at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, DC., going to the National Geographic Society workshop with student Rodney Dickens. Rodney Dickens, age 11, student at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, DC. Rodney was a passenger on American Airlines 77 traveling to the National Geographic Society workshop. James Joseph Ferguson, age 39, Geography Education Division, National Geographic Society in Washington DC. A geography graduate of Ohio University, Joe had recently been appointed one of the Society's representatives on the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), an umbrella organization that embraces the four major geography organizations in the United States. He was escorting the students and teachers to a National Geographic sponsored field workshop involving students, teachers, and scientist Sylvia Earle at the time of his death.. Ann Judge, National Geographic Society Travel Coordinator, a passenger on American flight 77. She often accompanied student and educational groups sponsored by the Society, as she was doing Tuesday. National Geographic Society President and Chief Executive Officer John Fahey noted yesterday: In many ways, the trip that Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson were leading was the essence of the Geographic mission. They were escorting three teachers and three students from the Washington area to California to hook up with other participants in a marine biology field event in the Channel Islands, as part of our Sustainable Seas program. Through our educational outreach program, Ann and Joe were going to make geography and the environment come alive for these committed, talented teachers and their star students by putting them into the field with scientists and researchers. It's hard to believe that something created with such care and commitment to serve a noble purpose could end so tragically. Certainly, the D.C. School District has lost six extraordinary people. And we at the Society have lost two treasured colleagues. Robert G. LeBlanc, age 70, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of New Hampshire was a passenger on United Airlines 175, the plane that was hijacked en route from Boston to Los Angeles and crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. LeBlanc earned a bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire and a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He began teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 1963 and retired in 1999. Before and after his retirement, he regularly attended meetings of regional, national, and international geographical organizations in the United States, Canada, and abroad. On Tuesday he was on his way to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (the Pacific Coast Division of the Association of American Geographers) in Santa Barbara, California. Hilda Taylor, teacher at Leckie Elementary School, Washington, DC. She was accompanying Bernard Brown to the National Geographic Society workshop.

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  • Thu, 13 Sep 2001 Subject: Charles Genther According to the University of Washington Alumni Office, the victims of the Mexico sight-seeing crash included the PARENTS of Charles Genther, UW BA (Geog) '75.

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  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 From: APCG 2001 (apcg2001@geog.ucsb.edu) Subject: APCG 2001 Dear APCG Members & Friends, Only three more weeks until APCG 2001! Please consider joining us in Santa Barbara for what looks to be a very memorable APCG conference. The UCSB conference venue offers us excellent meeting space and a prime location directly on the beach. The setting for this year's conference can be previewed here: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/photo_pages_art/ucsb_1.jpg Additional photos of our campus setting: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/place/campus_photos.htm APCG 2001, hosted by the UCSB Department of Geography, will include 100+ papers and presentations and six field trips throughout the local area, including: - Walking the Riviera: A Scenic and Historic View of Santa Barbara - Santa Ynez Valley: Oak Woodlands and Agricultural Change - Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary - A Tour of Santa Barbara's Water History - A Hiking Tour of the Santa Ynez Mountains - Santa Barbara Coastal Wetlands Ecology If you haven't registered yet, please take a look at our website and register today. We hope to see you soon. sincerely, Matt Rice (on behalf of the Organizing Committee) http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~apcg2001 apcg2001@geog.ucsb.edu -------------- Local Organizing Committee: Michael Goodchild Keith Clarke Reginald Golledge Donald Janelle LaNell Lucius Susan Baumgart Xiaohang Liu Matt Rice

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  • Bellevue teen's victory of global proportions, Seattle Times, Friday, August 03, 2001; by David Olson The years of preparation paid off yesterday: Haddad-Fonda, 14, captained the United States to a gold medal in the International Geographic Olympiad in Vancouver, B.C.

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  • Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 16:20:29 GMT From: Joe Buchdahl Subject: climate change website This is just a short e-mail to draw your attention to our new online global climate change information guide, for students of environmental sciences, geography and geology interested in global warming and climate change. The website replicates the paper copy resource written by the Atmospheric Research & Information Centre (aric) in 1995. Although some of the discussion of climate models is now somewhat out-of-date, the majority of the text and figures remain based on unchanging scientific principles concerning climate change, and consequently the information resource continues to be a useful reference for students in this field. The website can be found at: http://www.doc.mmu.ac.uk/aric/gccsg/ If you or any of your colleagues maintain a website, please feel free to add a link to our global climate change student information guide website. Yours faithfully, Joe Buchdahl

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  • Kyle Haddad-Fonda Does it Again: Bellevue boy wins National Geography Bee Seattle Times, Thursday, May 24, 2001 By Tan Vinh "Below the equilibrium line of glaciers there is a region of melting, evaporation and sublimation... Name this zone." Haddad-Fonda said he was a nervous wreck before writing the correct answer: the zone of ablation.

    Then the cheers came, and Haddad-Fonda "was just looking around and smiling and being happy," he said yesterday after winning the first-prize $25,000 scholarship at the 13th annual competition, sponsored by the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

    Haddad-Fonda also will represent the U.S. in the International Geographic Olympiad in Vancouver, B.C., on Aug. 1-2. Haddad-Fonda, an eighth- grader at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, is the second Puget Sound-area student in four years to win the bee. Alex Kerchner, then a seventh-grader at Kamiakin Junior High School in Kirkland, won in 1997.

    Viewers can catch the Geography Bee at 10 a.m. Sunday on KCTS-TV.

    Kyle and his parents were recognized by the AWG at its meeting in Bellevue in October 2000! Click for more!

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    Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 14:30:24 -0700
    From: "Alvine, Michael" 
    Subject: PGoPS June 13 Brown Bag Lunch
    Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  This should be
    interesting and fun! 
    Dr. James W. Harrington
    Chair, Dept. of Geography, University of Washington
    Brown Bag Lunch Speaker
    who will discuss
    Recent Geography Dept. Initiatives and
    How to Strengthen ties between the Academic & Professional Sides of the
    Wednesday, June 13, 2001
    12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
    Key Tower, Room 3403 (34th Floor)
    700 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 5th and Columbia)
    Seattle, Washington
    Dr. Harrington's field is economic geography, especially the economic
    development of sub-national regions.  He joined the University of
    Washington faculty in September 1997 and was appointed chair of the
    Geography Department in 2000.  Previously he was a founding member of the
    faculty in The Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University and
    was a faculty member in the Geography Department of the University at
    Buffalo.  He also served as director of the Geography and Regional
    Science program in the National Science Foundation; on the Council and as
    Secretary of the Association of American Geographers; on the
    Rediscovering Geography committee of the National Academy of Sciences/
    National Research Council; and was executive director of the North
    American Regional Science Council.
    NOTE:  If you are a PGoPS member, and would like to receive notice of
    PGoPs meetings by e-mail, please forward your name and e-mail address to

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    April 25, 2001 Photos from the Bellingham Meetings! courtesy: John Newcomb, Victoria

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    Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001
    From: neil sorenson; neilsorenson@hotmail.com
    >From: "Williams, Holly"; hwilliams@iie.org
    >To: "'neilsorenson@hotmail.com'" 
    >Subject: Fulbright Distinguished Chairs in Geography:  Please Share With
    >Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 14:44:49 -0400
    > > Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program in Geography:  May 1 Deadline
    > >
    > > The Council for International Exchange of Scholars announces the 2002-03
    > > competition for the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. Five of the
    > > chair awards are open to scholars in geography, including
    > > 	three chairs in Canada:  Calgary, New Brunswick, and York (4.5
    > >     months)
    > > 	one chair in Italy: Trieste (3 months)
    > > 	one chair in the Netherlands: Jefferson Chair (4 months)
    > >
    Application deadline for these awards is May 1, 2001.   Applicants 
    should be U.S. citizens, have college teaching experience and a record of
    publications.  See CIES Web site, www.iie.org/cies, for additional
    information and directions for applying. For the May 1 application, send a
    3-page letter of interest, c.v., and one sample syllabus to CIES Chairs
    Program; 3007 Tilden Street, NW; Suite 5-L; Washington, DC 20008-3009.
    CIES contact:  Holly Williams, hwilliams@iie.org, 202/686-6232.

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  • April 3, 2001 A detailed program for the AWG Meeting at WWU in Bellingham this coming Saturday (+ Sunday) has just been posted! Click here!

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  • Wed, 28 March 2001 The Graduate School at the University of Washington presents The Jessie and John Danz Lecture:

    On 17 April 2001
    Dr. Vandana Shiva will present her lecture
    "Ahimsa - Beyond Violent Traditions of Science and Technology"

    at 7 pm in Room 130 of Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

    The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography, Critical Asian Studies Program, and the South Asian Studies Program.

    Details of her talk can be found at: www.grad.washington.edu/lectures/schedule.htm#shiva

    Free tickets are required and can be picked up at any of the five University Bookstore Locations.

    Dr. Vandana Shiva is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology. She advocates an approach that is based on the principle of ahimsa - meaning non-violence or harmlessness, drawing on the ethics of ecological and feminist thought that promotes diversity and pluralism in knowledge, action, nature and culture.

    Dr. Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, she won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Dr. Shiva is the author of many books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; The Violence of the Green Revolution; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India.

    In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. Navdanya sets up community seed banks, supports conversion to organic agriculture, and is establishing direct producer-consumer links for food security and safety.

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    > > > > Message from California (March 8, 2001) > > > > > > Washington State residents: Last weeks > earthquake was just a warning. > > > > > > Now that we have your attention, sell us your > power, give us back our > > > sunshine, take back your rain and we'll take > back our earthquakes. > > > > > > The People of California > > >

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    February 10, 2001

    The "Other AWG Newsletter", i.e. the official paper edition, has just been published and has been posted here (Click!). Be sure you have your calendar within reach, since Neil Sorenson, our president, will tell you about all the promising AWG events this year...

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    February 5th, 2001

    Karl Lillquist, Central Washington University is organizing and conducting a
    "Geography of the West Field Camp: Oregon's Basin & Range and Cascade Volcanoes",
    16 July - 19 August 2001.

    Click for more information:

    and/or contact: Dr. Karl Lillquist
    Geography and Land Studies Department
    Central Washington University
    Ellensburg, WA 98926 USA
    (509) 963-1188
    E-mail: lillquis@cwu.edu

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    January 29, 2001

    The program for the April 7/8 AWG Spring Meeting in Bellingham has arrived: Click here!

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    January 29, 2001

  • The fall meeting will be at the UW on 27 October 2001. The theme -- unless something changes in the near future -- will be, "The Geography of Business and the Business of Geography." Hopefully, we can attract some geographers who are employed in the private sector, and, of course, the economic & social geographers will find the theme of interest (Neil S.)

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  • Jan 26, 2001 Subject: Seattle Economists Club
    UW's Paul Sommers (Northwest Policy Center) will speak on "High Tech Clustering and Economic Development Policy in Washington State" at the Wed 14 Feb meeting of the Seattle Economists Club.

    The SEC meets monthly for lunch, in a format that allows professional, academic, and student economist-types to meet each other, do career networking, and hear about relevant (usually regional) issues. David Lindahl, who received his PhD in Geography at UW in '96, is presently Vice President.

    The Feb meeting is 11:30 at Ivar's Acres of Clams on the waterfront downtown. Lunch is $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members. Student membership is very inexpensive. Reserve (or ask about membership) at seattleeco@aol.com. (based on a mailing by J.W. Harrington)

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  • January 26, 2001 Dr. Brian Coffey (Ph.D. [Geog] Oregon, 1982) is the Faculty Coordinator for Urban Studies at the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington (bcoffey@u.washington.edu). Presently, the program is looking for a new faculty member with an urban planning and GIS background. A Ph.D. in urban planning, urban studies, geography, or a related field is required.

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  • January 9, 2001 PGoPS (Professional Geographers of Puget Sound) announce(s): "Just a reminder to come and hear Bruce Tecklenburg with Horizon Air next Wednesday at noon! We will meet at:
    Key Tower, Room 3403 (34th Floor)
    700 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 5th and Columbia)"
    (Contact: Michael.Alvine@METROKC.GOV)

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  • Coming Up: Fifth annual Western Geography Student Conference to be held February 2-4, 2001 at Portland State University.

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    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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