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Bharath Ganesh-Babu

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M.Sc. University of Madras 1997

Specialties: Environmental applications of Remote Sensing and GIS, Physical Geography, Biogeography, Conservation, and Human Interactions with the Environment




Ronald A. Janke

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Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1976

Specialties: geomorphology, American Indians, North America


"The Loss of Indian Lands in Wisconsin, Montana, and Arizona." In American Indians: Cultural Geography, 2nd ed., ed. Thomas E. Ross, Tyrel G. Moore, and Laura R. King, 121-142. Southern Pines, NC: Karo Hollow Press, 1995.
"Population, Reservations, and Federal Indian Policy." In Dictionary of Native American Literature, ed. Andrew Wiget, 155-173. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1994.
"Indian Land-Tenure Problems in the United States." In Themes in Rural History of the Western World, ed. Richard Herr, 140-164. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1993.



Jon T. Kilpinen

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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1994

Specialties: American historical geography, Europe, political geography, GIS


"The Mountain Horsebarn." In Baseball, Barns, and Bluegrass: A Geography of American Folklife, ed. George O. Carney, 65-71. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998.
The Mountain West: Interpreting the Folk Landscape (with Terry G. Jordan and Charles F. Gritzner). Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
"Finnish Cultural Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest." Pacific Northwest Quarterly 86, no. 1 (Winter 1994/95): 25-34.



Michael W. Longan

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Associate Professor
Chair Urban Studies Committee

Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000

Specialties: Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Communications Geography, Landscape, neighborhood and community activism, cyberspace, East Asia.


"Playing With Landscape: Social Process and Spatial Form in Video Games." Aether 2 (2008): 23-40.

"Visions of community and mobility: the community networking movement in the USA." Social & Cultural Geography 6, no. 6 (2005):849-864.

"Building a Global Sense of Place: The Community Networking Movement in the United States." Urban Geography 23, no. 3 (2002): 213-236.

"Geography's Conquest of History in The Diamond Age" (with Tim Oakes) in Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction eds. Rob Kitchin and James Kneale, 39-56. London: Continuum, 2002.





Teresa M. Bals-Elsholz

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. State University of New York at Albany, 2001

Specialties: dynamic and synoptic meteorology


"The Wintertime Southern Hemisphere Split Jet: Structure, Variability, and Evolution" (with E. H. Atallah, L. F. Bosart, T. A. Wasula, M. J. Cempa, and A. R. Lupo). Journal of Climate, 14, no. 21 (November 2001): 4191-4215.






Craig Clark

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2007

M.S. University of Kansas, 1994

Specialties: boundary layer meteorology, climatology


"Numerical Simulations of the Effect of Soil Moisture and Vegetation Cover on the Development of Deep Convection" (with Raymond W. Arritt). Journal of Applied Meteorology, 34, no. 9 (September 1995): 2029-2045.







Kevin Goebbert



Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, 2009





Bart J. Wolf

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Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

Specialties: large- and small-scale forecasting, severe storms, thermodynamics


"The Mesoscale Forcing of a Midlatitutde Upper-Tropospheric Jet Streak by a Simulated Convective System. Part I: Mass Circulation and Ageostrophic Processes" (with Donald R. Johnson). Monthly Weather Review 123, no. 4 (April 1995): 1059-1087.
"The Mesoscale Forcing of a Midlatitutde Upper-Tropospheric Jet Streak by a Simulated Convective System. Part II: Kinetic Energy and Resolution Analysis" (with Donald R. Johnson). Monthly Weather Review 123, no. 4 (April 1995): 1088-1111.







Rusta Ault

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Geography and Meteorology Administrative Assistant

I have been a computer programmer for about 15 years at Bethlehem Steel, Indiana Information Controls, and most recently at Jaymar Ruby, Inc. (now Trans-Apparel Group in Michigan City) I have also taught math at Oregon Davis and computer programming at Elston High School in Michigan City. I have been a teacher's aide and substitute teacher. Hobbies include gardening, arts and crafts, and playing piano.




Wenxian Lu

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Computer Support Specialist for Geography and Meteorology

Also a Research Associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

B.S. Astronomy, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
B.S. Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology , Anhui, China
Masters in Astronomy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Previous Work
Research Associate at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China; Visiting scientist at Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, British Columbia; Visiting scientist at Institute of Space and Terrestrial Science, Space Astro-Physics Lab, Toronto; Visiting research scientist at University of Calgary; Research Scientist at University of Toronto; Scientific programmer at Emergency Information Technology (a NASA contractor)
Maryland; Catholic University of America, Maryland (also a NASA contractor)

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