Please review the following Board election biographies.
Dr. Laingen is an associate professor of geography at Eastern Illinois University. He received his BS and MS degrees in geography from South Dakota State University (2001 and 2003) and a PhD from Kansas State University (2009). Dr. Laingen has been a member of the AAG since 1999, at which time he joined the Contemporary Agriculture and Rural Land Use (CARLU) Specialty Group and served a term as a student representative. More recently he has been active in the Rural Geography Specialty Group, in particular serving as the Awards Committee Chair and West Lakes Regional Representative since 2013. Dr. Laingen’s research involves assessing multi-decadal trends of rural and agricultural land use change in the conterminous U.S. and describing what causes them. He relies highly upon land use and land cover change data products derived from remotely-sensed satellite imagery, as well as more traditional types of data such as the USDA’s Census of Agriculture.
Middle States/Mid-Atlantic Division
Mr. Wetherholt is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, and is pleased to announce that he has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Frostburg State University beginning in August. Mr. Wehterholt has enjoyed serving as a student representative for the RGSG, and with his new position in the mountains of Western Maryland, will be well-situated to contribute to the efforts of the RGSG in the Middle States and Mid-Atlantic regions. Because of this, he would greatly appreciate consideration for the specialty group’s regional director position. Mr. Wetherholt’s interests are in rural population decline, place attachment, critical cartography, and the privacy implications inherent in geospatial technologies. He is looking forward to turning his attention towards the challenges in Appalachia. Whether in an officer position or simply as a member, he is enthusiastic to continue his involvement with the Rural Geography Specialty Group.
Dr. Larry Kleitches is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. He received bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed a doctorate in geographic education at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 2013. Dr. Kleitches is a human geomorphologist investigating the impact of human intent and political action upon the landscape. How humans have altered nature, and how nature has altered us, requires moving beyond microscopes to explore cultural, economic, historical, and political purposes. This is vital because today there are a variety of political bodies around the world demanding clean, reliable, and secure water supplies while dealing with jurisdictional boundaries and mismatched intentions.
Lisa J. Powell is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Agriburban Research Centre, jointly appointed at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, and the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is originally from Kentucky, and her work focuses on land use conflicts, agriculture, natural resources extraction, and pumpkins. Dr. Powell would love to have the opportunity to wave The Maple Leaf and continue to work on communications for the RGSG.
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