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WIU Presents Three Guest Lectures During Geography Awareness Week

November 12, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Wind power, GIS-based planning support systems and how shifting populations affect "America's pastime," baseball, will be discussed by three guest presenters as part of Western Illinois University's geography department's celebration of National Geography Awareness Week which runs through Saturday, Nov. 17.

Steve Stadler, geography professor at Oklahoma State University, will present "Geography and Wind Power" at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Nov. 12) in Morgan Hall 109.

Stadler has had research grants from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a founder of the Oklahoma Mesonetwork steering committee, the premier state-run weather-observing network in the United States.

Fox Sports and Big Ten Network play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman will present "Migration and Sports: A Broadcaster's Perspective" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall (Simpkins Hall).

Brennaman will share his view about how the shifting population in the United States from the Frostbelt to the Sunbelt has affected sports fan bases and the migration of international sports players into "America's pastime," baseball. Brennaman's visit is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and geography as well as the College of Fine Arts and Communication and broadcasting department.

Richard Klosterman, professor emeritus of planning, geography and urban studies at the University of Akron, will present "New Tools for a New Planning" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Morgan Hall 109.

He will discuss the evolution of planners' conceptions of their professional roles over the last 20 years, computer-based tools and the role that GIS-based planning support systems (PSS) can play in new conceptions of community-based planning. Klosterman, who is also the president and CEO of What if?, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in developing and writing about computer-based tools to support planning.

All lectures are open free to the public. For more information, contact the geography department at 309/298-1648.

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