Wednesday, November 16, 2005

AAG Grants and Awards Reminder

This is from the AAG and was originally sent to our Specialty Group President:

As you know, each year, the AAG offers numerous grants and awards to geographers. The list that follows serves to remind you and your colleagues about the opportunities available for recognition or grant support. Unless otherwise noted, all deadlines are December 31, 2005. Please consult full descriptions posted on the AAG website at

Meredith F. Burrill Award

To stimulate and reward talented individuals and groups who have completed work of exceptional

merit and quality that lies at or near the intersection of basic research and practical applications or local, national, or international policy implications.

George and Viola Hoffman Award

To support student research toward a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation on a geographical subject in Eastern Europe.

Glenda Laws Award

To recognize outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.

Anne U. White Fund

To support field research conducted by a member of the AAG jointly with her or his spouse, regardless of any formal training in geography.

AAG Research Grants for 2006

To support direct expenses of research or fieldwork that address questions of major import to the discipline (excluding master's or doctoral dissertation research).

AAG Dissertation Research Grants for 2006

To support direct expenses of master's or doctoral dissertation research to eligible individuals.

AAG International Geographic Information Fund

To support full-time students who are currently registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program within the United States, and who are working in any area of spatial analysis or geographic information science or systems, through Student Travel Grants, Graduate Research Awards, and Student Paper Awards.

AAG Meridian Book Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography 2005

To recognize geographer authors or co-authors who have published a book in calendar year 2005 that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography.

AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography 2005

To recognize geographer authors or co-authors who have published a book in calendar year 2005 that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the nonacademic world.

AAG John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for 2005

To encourage and reward American geographers who write books about the United States that convey the insights of professional geography in language that is interesting and attractive to a lay audience.

Anderson Medal

To recognize distinguished contributions to the profession of geography in one or more areas of industry, government, literature, education, research, service to the profession, or public service.

NOTE: Deadline is December 1, 2005. or

Dr. Patricia Solis
Director of Research and Outreach
Association of American Geographers
1710 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-3198
Telephone 202-234-1450 ext. 32
Direct Line 202-558-7491
Fax 202-234-2744

CLEANER Social Science Committee

Dear EPBG Specialty Group Members,

The National Science Foundation is currently planning the establishment of large-scale environmental observatory network infrastructure. Many of you may be familiar with NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network;, CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Incorporated;, and CLEANER (Collaborative Large-Scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research;

CLEANER is the observatory network with the clearest connections to human environments, especially in urban/suburban areas. The CLEANER Program Office has established a Social Science Committee tasked with integrating social science perspectives and needs into observatory network planning.

The committee members cannot possibly represent all of the viewpoints and perspectives in social science. Your answers to the following questions will provide valuable insight to the planning process and ultimately improve the chances for successful integration of social science into these observatory networks. Please also keep in mind that while we are focusing on social science for these questions, but any thoughts you might have on these or other questions are welcome.

1. Thinking of your colleagues in the engineering disciplines, when
you hear about their research, what additional pieces of data do you wish they would collect to make their results more relevant to you and your research?
2. Paying for communal data infrastructure is a challenge in current
funding structures. Of the community data clearinghouses such as the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research;, which are your favorites, and why?
3. If you were developing a communal data collection network for your
particular research field, what would you spend money on and why?
Remember, all costs must be for capital investments. Funding student salaries and other consumable research costs is not possible using this pot of money.

Please send any thoughts/comments/questions you might have to Dan Bain ( Thanks in advance for you time and attention.

Finally, I apologize for cross-posting. However, I am casting a wide net and most of us belong to several specialty groups. Therefore, there will be some redundancy. In addition, if you do reply to your respective list-serv, please copy me, as I may not be a regular subscriber.

Thanks much,
Dan Bain

Daniel J. Bain
Water Resources Division
US Geological Survey
MS 420, 345 Middlefield Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone 650 329 4460
Fax 650 329 4538