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Western Kentucky University CHNGES

1906 College Heights Blvd., EST 304

Bowling Green, KY 42101

CHNGES is a Center of Excellence
within the WKU Applied Research and Technology Program. We are housed in the WKU Dept of Geography and Geology.

NEWS

WKU CHNGES BECOMES FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEMBER OF ICELANDIC ARCTIC COOPERATION NETWORK

Since 2014, WKU has been involved in teaching and research in Iceland in cooperation with partners to help facilitate further collaboration. On May 29, the Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) at WKU signed an agreement with the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) to become the first international member of the Network. 

WKU STUDENTS STUDY CLIMATE CHANGE IN ICELAND

Drs. Leslie North and Jason Polk of the Department of Geography and Geology and Ms. Heather Thomas from WKU Housing and Residence Life recently led a group of 15 students on a journey around Iceland! This Faculty-Led Study abroad course focused on how the land of fire and ice experiences climate change and the diverse responses and resiliencies to these changes. 

WKU CHNGES FACULTY, STUDENTS, CONDUCT RESEARCH IN VIETNAM

WKU CHNGES faculty and student representatives gather with new partners from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Institute of Geological Sciences and Institute of Geography.

CHNGES GRADUATE STUDENTS CONDUCT RESEARCH IN ICELAND

James Graham, wearing the Tobii Pro 2 Mobile Eye-Tracking Glasses, completed his research at Thingvellir National Park and Solheim Glacier. Top right: Allison Quiroga filters a water sample of a glacier river. Bottom left: Icelandic Myrdalsjokull icecap seen in the distance beyond a field of lupins. Bottom right: Allison Quiroga and Rachel Kaiser run water chemistry tests atop Solheim Glacier.

WKU GEOGRAPHY & GEOLOGY STAFF/STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WATER PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES

Two students, both undergraduate and graduate level, of the WKU Geography and Geology Department recently attended the Water Professionals Conference of the Kentucky/Tennessee section in Lexington, Kentucky where they represented the newly found student chapter of Western Kentucky University Water Professionals (WKUWP) in collaboration with the WKU Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES), Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU), and WKU HydroAnalytical Lab.

WKU FACULTY MEMBERS EXPLORE GEOTOURISM SITES IN EUROPE

WKU Department of Geography and Geology faculty members Dr. Leslie North and Dr. Jason Polk spent part of summer 2013 exploring show caves and geoparks in eight countries in western Europe in an effort to research the managerial structure and education opportunities of the facilities.

WKU TEAM VISITS BELIZE TO DEVELOP RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

At the end of May, a group of faculty from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geologyand Honors College, in association with the Office of International Programs, visited Belize for a marathon week of meetings with several entities within the country to initiate multiple projects that will provide student and faculty teaching, research and engagement opportunities, as well as develop collaborations and capacity building within the region in the areas of climate change, water resources, karst geoscience, environmental education and sustainability.

WKU KARST, ENGINEERING EXPERTISE HIGHLIGHTED AT MUSEUM SINKHOLE

WKU’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering prides itself on providing hands-on, real-world experiences for students through courses taught by faculty members who are experts in their fields.

EDUCATIONAL PICTOGRAMS TESTED IN WATER RESEARCH IN WEST AFRICA

WKU Department of Geography and Geology staff member and graduate student Jonathan (Joneo) Oglesby returned to Niger, West Africa, this month to continue his thesis research with the Songhai people.

WKU PROFESSORS APPEAR IN SINKHOLE DOCUMENTARY, ASSIST WITH EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT

During the past year, sinkhole collapses headlined newspapers around the globe. From Kentucky to Guatemala, these catastrophic events attracted much attention and provided an opportunity for researchers to continue studying the causes, impacts, and remediation of sinkholes. 

WKU EXTENDS INTERNATIONAL REACH WITH PARTNERSHIP IN ICELAND

Representatives of WKU, the University of Akureyri (UNAK) and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) signed an academic and research agreement Monday in simultaneous ceremonies in Iceland and in Bowling Green. 

WKU GROUP DISCUSSES PROJECT’S GOALS WITH ICELAND’S PRESIDENT, OTHER OFFICIALS

Following the signing of a formal cooperative agreement on March 23 in Akureyri, Iceland, between WKU, the University of Akureyri (UNAK), and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN), the delegation participated in several joint meetings with Icelandic officials during the remainder of their visit. 

WKU, CARIBBEAN CLIMATE GROUP SIGN COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT IN BELIZE

WKU and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) formally signed a cooperative agreement Monday (April 27) in Belmopan, Belize, that brings to fruition many years of collaboration. 

UNDERBGKY COLLABORATIVE PROJECT RECOGNIZED AS ‘MODEL PRACTICE’

WKU’s Department Geography and Geology, City of Bowling Green have partnered on karst groundwater awareness campaign since 2011

EYE-TRACKING COMPANY FEATURES WKU GRADUATE STUDENT’S PROJECT

Oglesby conducting water literacy research in Africa

WKU GROUP PARTICIPATES IN ARCTIC COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE IN ICELAND

A group of students and faculty from WKU recently returned from a study abroad program in Iceland led by Dr. Bernie Strenecky, WKU Scholar in Residence, and Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North of the Department of Geography and Geology.

WKU STUDENT COMPLETES SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN ICELAND

WKU student Tara Sorrels on top of Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue, which the Climate Change Challenge Study Abroad Group explored prior to the start of her internship and research endeavors in Iceland.

WKU FACULTY, STAFF HONORED FOR GRANT ACTIVITIES

205 awards totaling nearly $21.5 million received in fiscal year 2015

  

DIRECTOR OF ICELANDIC ARCTIC COOPERATION NETWORK TO VISIT WKU

Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN), will be visiting WKU the week of Feb. 15 and engaging in a variety of activities to further strengthen collaborations between WKU and the IACN.

WKU STUDENTS, FACULTY COMPLETE SEMESTER AT SEA EXPERIENCE

Eleven WKU students and four faculty members have returned from the first Semester At Sea™ Enrichment Voyage addressing the theme “Waters of the Caribbean.”

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