Council visit Boricua College
Updated July 19, 2010
AGS Council Members
Dr. John W. Frazier
Co-Chair, Department of Geography, director, GIS Core Facility, and director, Graduate Program
at Binghamton University- State University of New York; founder and past CEO, GeoDemographics, Ltd;
creator and past co-director, Applied Geography Conference; author of books, chapters, and articles
focused on demographic, environmental, housing, and economic development issues.
Dr. Susan Hardwick
Professor of Geography and Education Project Director, College of Arts and Sciences,
University of Oregon; president, National Council for Geographic Education; ethnic geographer,
also prominent in geographic education and in work on gender issues; author of Russian Refuge:
Religion, Migration, and Settlement on the North American Pacific Rim (1993), etc.; “Statewide
Outstanding Professor Award” from California State University System (1995) and numerous other
awards for excellence in teaching.
Music consultant and producer (www.grouse-house-productions.com) - Formerly President of Sony BMG Masterworks (Classical and Broadway
division). Also formerly General Manager of Angel Records/EMI Classics, as well as SVP of International Marketing for Sony Classical (focus on Asian and European classical markets).
Degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University. Songwriter, recording producer and engineer, and a photographer. Has always had an intense interest in Geography, History, and Politics.
Dr. Frederick E. Nelson
Professor of Geography, University of Delaware. Field experience in Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia, Mongolia, the Tibetan Plateau, and the tropical Andes. Author or co-author of eight monographs and edited volumes, and more than 120 peer-reviewed
papers on permafrost science, periglacial geomorphology, the effects of climate change in the Arctic, and the history of cryospheric science. Past President, U.S. Permafrost Association. Contributing Author (1989, 1995, 2007) and Lead Author (2001) of
chapters in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. Chair of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cryosphere Specialty Group (2003-2005) and the AAG Archives and Association
History Committee (2004-present). National Fellow of the Explorers Club. Previous positions: Rutgers University (Professor of Geography and Director of the Graduate Program in Geography), SUNY-Albany (Professor of Geography and Geology),
Cornell University (Visiting Professor of Geology and Physical Geography), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Honorary Fellow), University of Michigan (Visiting Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences).
Mining engineer; consultant to mining firms operating in South
and Central America, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Dominican Republic, New
Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia; former president or
chairman of : International Mining Corp., Pata Consolidated
Inc., South American Placers, Inc., Frontino Gold Mines, Ltd., Consolidated Purchasing & Designing,
Inc., Companía Minera Choco Pacífico, Igloo #4
Pioneers of Alaska, Arctic Institute of North America, Joslin Diabetes
Center; numerous publications on mining and dredging of precious metals.
Clifton W. Pannell
Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia;
frequent visiting professor at University of Hong Kong, U.S. Military Academy at West
Point; specialist on East Asia, especially China, with particular emphasis on urbanization,
land use, and economics; numerous award winning publications.
Dr. Deborah Popper
Pofessor of Gography at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York and, with her husband Frank Popper, at Princeton University since 2001.
Her work has focused on how regions adjust to environmental pressures and population loss. With her husband, Frank Popper of Rutgers University, she developed the concept of the
Buffalo Commons, a metaphor that has served as a guide for a future based on ecological restoration. She is currently
working on developing comparable alternatives for other American regions. In addition to serving on the governing board of the American Geographical Society, she is also on the
National Center for Frontier Communities board. Dr. Popper is a Paul P. Vouras Medalist.
Dr. Rickie Sanders
Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, received her Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University. From 1996-2000, she served as Director of
the nationally recognized Finding A Way (FAW) project funded by the NSF/NCGE, which explored issues of pedagogy and under-representation in geography
classrooms. She is co-author of Growing Up in America: An Atlas of Youth in the USA and has published over 50 articles pertaining to her interest in pedagogy,
gender, race/ethnicity, photography, and urban studies. She has also received numerous local and national awards for outstanding teaching.
Dr. H. Gregory Smith
Chief Scientist for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), also representing NGA on a number of intelligence committees and on the Federal Geographic Data Committee Steering Committee. Prior to start of his government career in 1995, he spent nearly 20 years in senior technical and management positions in industry and academia including research and development, at such places as the Space Sciences Laboratory, Environmental Remote Sensing Applications Laboratory, GTE Corp, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Corp. among others.
is the author of Longitude (Walker 1995 and 2005, Penguin 1996), Galileo's Daughter (Walker 1999, Penguin 2000) and The Planets
(Viking 2005); editor of Letters to Father (Walker 2001, Penguin Classic 2003) and Best American Science Writing 2004 (Ecco 2004);
co- author, with William J. H. Andrewes, of The Illustrated Longitude (Walker 1998 and 2003). She is the 2006 Vare Nonfiction Writer in Residence at
the University of Chicago, and has received the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board (2001), the Bradford Washburn Award
from the Boston Museum of Science (2001), the Harrison Medal from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers (2004), the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from
the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997), a Christopher Award (2000), and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1999).
Dr. Juha I. Uitto
Evaluation Adviser and Team Leader for Programme Evaluation in the Evaluation Office of the UN Development Programme;
formerly with UN University in Tokyo, Finnconsult Ltd, Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, and International Fund for Agricultural
Development in Italy; prolific author on sustainable development, water resources, hazards, coastal and marine environment; visiting
lecturer at universities in Japan, Finland, and U.S.; worked widely in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.