Van Cleef Memorial Medal Press Release

American Geographical Society

American Geographical Society to Award Van Cleef Memorial Medal to Dr. Edward Malecki

Description: The Van Cleef Memorial Medal, awarded by the American Geographical Society (AGS), is one of several prestigious honors given by the Society.  This award recognizes outstanding original work in the field of urban geography.  Dr. Edward Malecki, Professor of Geography and former Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at the Ohio State University, will receive the Medal on the 19th of November during the AGS Fall Symposium, Geography 2050:  Mounting an Exhibition to the Future, to be held at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

[New York City, NY] -- [16 October 2014] – The American Geographical Society announced today that Dr. Edward Malecki, Professor of Geography and former Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at the Ohio State University has been selected to receive the sixth Van Cleef Memorial Medal.  The medal will be presented on November 19, 2014 at 2:00pm during the Society’s Fall Symposium to be held in the Low Memorial Library at Columbia University.  

The Van Cleef Memorial Medal was established in 1970 through a gift from Dr. Eugene Van Cleef, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the Ohio State University (OSU).  Dr. Van Cleef, recognized as one of the pioneers of the study of urban geography, gave the first course in urban geography in an American University in 1923 and published the first book by an American geographer on urban themes in 1937.  The award is conferred on scholars who have done outstanding original work in the field of urban geography, preferably though not necessarily, in applied rather than theoretical aspects.  The last time the Van Cleef Memorial Medal was awarded was in 1999.  It is a fitting tribute to Dr. Van Cleef’s career that his institution continues to specialize in urban geography and host outstanding scholars, notably Dr. Malecki, who are worthy of his Medal.

Dr. Malecki spent almost forty years pursuing sustained research excellence in the study of cities and regional economic development. His research has embraced both the applied realm and the theoretical, in keeping with the intent of the tradition represented by Professor Eugene Van Cleef (also of the Ohio State University).  “World society is more urban than ever.  Thus, never before in history has the study of urban geography been more important than today,” noted Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Dobson, President of the American Geographical Society.  “Several key topics in our Symposium on the future of geography, during which Ed will receive his medal, are examples of how his research now serves as a base on which scholars and practitioners are helping to understand and plan urban centers,” added Dr. Dobson.

Professor Malecki has three degrees from The Ohio State University: B.A. in International Studies (1971); and M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography (1973 and 1975). During his career, he held positions at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Florida and OSU as Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (2001-2005). He has also held visiting positions at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Professor Malecki has been recognized as the Dr. Martha L. Corry Faculty Fellow in Geography, at The Ohio State University, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received various Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers.  Professor Malecki is the author or co-author of five books. He has published more than 100 journal articles, more than 60 book chapters, and dozens of book reviews,

Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society (AGS) is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States.  It is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in geographical research and education and has been awarding medals for outstanding accomplishments in Geography for over 117 years.  The mission of AGS is to advance geographic knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world.  AGS fulfills this mission by promoting the use of geography in business, government, science, and education.  The goal is to enhance the nation’s geographic literacy so as to engender sound public policy, national security, and human well-being worldwide.  AGS stands for explicit recognition of the geo-spatial and temporal contexts that shape the real world and influence how it works.

With members worldwide, the Society maintains its Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on the AGS Fall Symposium, Geography 2050:  Mounting an Exhibition to the Future, and the Medal Ceremony for Dr. Malecki, go to: .

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Telephone:  718-624-2212
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AGS Council Fellowship

The AGS Council Fellowship, 2014


The AGS Council Fellowship is now accepting applications. The councilors of the American Geographical Society created this fellowship to support graduate student scholarship.  The fellowship is open to all student members of the American Geographical Society. Each fellowship is worth $1,000 and will be awarded in the spring.


Applications for the award must be received in the AGS office by November 1, 2014. Digital submissions are preferred.  To be considered an applicant must be a current member of the American Geographical Society and a graduate student.  Please submit a curriculum vitae as well as a three-page research proposal that describes (a) the proposed research (b) the reasons for doing this research, and (c) the candidate's particular competence in this area. Proposals with a field component are desirable but not required. Upon completion of the research, fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an article based upon their research to one of the AGS peer-reviewed publications such as the Geographical Review or Focus. The AGS Council Fellowship recipient will be announced in March 2015.



Applications by email should be sent to:

Subject: AGS Council Fellowship Committee

or mailed to:

AGS Council Fellowship Committee
The American Geographical Society
32 Court Street, Suite 201
Brooklyn, New York 11201-4404
Telephone: 718-624-2212 -- Fax: 718-624-2239

For further information contact:

Dr. Marie Price

(202) 994-6187 or


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AGS Symposium 2014

Geography 2050:  Mounting an Expedition to the Future

A multi-year strategic dialog

on the vital trends that will reshape our nation and our planet.


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The world of 2050 will be radically different. It is not at all clear how we will get there from here and what we can do to navigate through the uncharted waters of the future. Climate change, urbanization, rapid expansion of the Internet and the availability and use of information, the continued evolution of human identity, and changing modes of commerce, cooperation, and conflict from local to global scales are just some of the many trends influencing the future. Each poses many challenges and opportunities for how we perceive and shape our world’s geography now and in coming decades. 

To help lay the foundation for exploring these local, regional and global challenges—and the investments in technology, data, laws, policies, and capacities needed to improve our ability to navigate through them—the American Geographical Society collaborated with the Earth Institute, Columbia University to organize an “Expedition to the Future.”

The one-day event, held at Columbia’s Low Library in Manhattan, offered an opportunity for thought leaders in industry, government, the social sector, and academia to come together to think about collectively exploring the future, and to examine how geography, geographic thinking, and geospatial data and technologies will enable this new age of exploration.

The topics included:

  • Populations, Shifting Identity, and Well Being 

  • Climate, Risk and Opportunity

  • The Future Energy Landscape

  • The Emerging Geography of the Internet of Things 

  • The God's Eye View
  • Investment, Law and Policy

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    The crowd listens to the opening remarks from Symposium Chair Christopher Tucker.