Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma! We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.
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Geography is a discipline that studies people and the world in which they live. The geography research and teaching focus at the University of Oklahoma are organized around two thematic areas which correspond broadly to the traditional classification of physical and human geography.
NerdScholar recently recognized OU as the U.S. university with the “most widespread” student groups devoted to environmental sustainability! The article features student Groups: Geography and Environmental Sustainability Club, Earth Rebirth, OUtdoor Club, Students Against Factory Farming Economy, OUr Earth, University of Oklahoma Student Association’s (UOSA) Office of Green Initiatives.
Dr. Karl Offen, Associate Professor of Geography, was recently recognized by the J.B. Harley Research Fellowships Trust Fund and awarded a J.B. Harley Award for 2014. The award to support and assist research in the map collections of the United Kingdom was given for Dr. Offen’s “From Local Knowledge to British Maps: Tracing the Links in Caribbean Central America”.
NORMAN, OKLA. – To meet the growing need for professionals with advanced knowledge of environmental sustainability who can guide Oklahoma and the world in the effective management of the natural environment, a new master’s degree has been launched at the University of Oklahoma.
DGES Seminar Series
“The National Weather Center Green Roof Initiative: Making It Grow in the Sky (Or “Lucy in the Sky with Flowers”)” by Dr. Tom Woodfin, Professor & Director of the Landscape Architecture Division, College of Architecture, OU, Friday, March 28, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235, with coffee and snacks starting at 3:15 p.m.
“Rethinking South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic through Gogo Mtembu’s Case of Tuberculosis” by Dr. Abby Neely, U. of Minnesota, Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Society, Monday, April 7th, 2014, 5:30 p.m. in the J.J. Rhyne Room, Zarrow Hall, 700 Elm Ave., Norman, OK
“Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the Problem of Disorientation” by Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University, Dept. of Philosophy, Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235, with coffee and snacks starting at 3:15 p.m.
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