Two Geography Majors received competitive National Geographic Society Internships.

Dr. Lee Schwartz '76, The Geographer of the Department of State and Director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issue in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research gave a lecture entitled: "Why Geography Matters - Geographical Awareness and Global Diplomacy" October 29, 2008, 7:30 pm Terrace Room (ELC 276)

Lee Schwartz is The Geographer of the Department of State and the Director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Previously at the Department of State, he was in charge of divisions overseeing both "Global Issues" and "United Nations and Humanitarian Concerns." He is a political geographer specializing in political and population geography, with a focus on the countries of the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, and Central Asia.

His B.A. was from Bucknell University and his M.A. and Ph. D. were from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Office of the Geographer in 1992, Dr. Schwartz was a member of the faculty of The American University's School of International Service. At the Department of State, he has directed research and analysis on global issues related to complex humanitarian emergencies and has coordinated related fieldwork and applied geography projects overseas, particularly in the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, and the Horn of Africa.

His recent work has focused on ethnic conflict, refugee flows, peacekeeping operations, conflict mitigation and response, strategic warning, and humanitarian information coordination. He was the State Department's 2005 winner of the Warren B. Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.

A Geography Career Panel was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Traditional Reading Room, Bertrand Library. Professor Karen Morin was the moderater

Alumnus Lee Schwartz '76, Director of the State Department's Office of the Geographer and Global Issues for the past five years, has been officially appointed as the Geographer of the United States, a position in which he has been serving in an acting capacity since July 2005. Schwartz is a 1976 graduate of Bucknell University . Click here for a story on Lee from the November 2007 issue of the AAG Newsletter (p.4; Lee was also recently featured in Junior Scholastic magazine. Click here for the interview.

Duane Griffin was on sabbatical in Spring 2008. From February 1- 21, he joined Bucknell alumni and colleagues from Dartmouth, Columbia, UCLA, Georgetown, the University of Michigan, and Queens University on a trip to Antarctica. The group sailed on the M.S. Le Diamant from Ushuaia, Argentina across the Drake Passage and investigated sites on the Antarctic Peninsula, an area that is undergoing dramatic changes due to increasing temperatures. Before returning to the United States, Duane spent time hiking and kayaking in Tierra del Fuego.

Karen Morin was one of the faculty directors of the Bucknell in Northern Ireland program held May 18th-June 8th, 2008.

Karen Morin also published a book in July 2007 through Syracuse University Press entitled: Women, Religion, Space.

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