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Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16-20 – UofSC News & Events



Geography touches many aspects of life, from transportation and emergency management
to climate and economic development. As geographers are drawing attention to these
connections during Geography Awareness Week, University of South Carolina faculty
are available for interviews on these topics:

  • New curriculum expands how SC students study geography

This fall, K-12 students throughout South Carolina are studying geography with a new
curriculum as part of the state’s revised education standards. The new curriculum
takes students beyond memorizing state capitals and, instead, studies natural resources,
political relationships and other ways geography impacts their lives.

 

Jerry Mitchell, a geography professor and chair of the S.C. Geography Alliance, helped
develop the curriculum and has assisted many teachers with incorporating the new geography
content into their classrooms. He is available for interviews about how teachers are
educating students about geography through interactive projects and how this new curriculum
can impact the state. To schedule an interview, contact Bryan Gentry, brgentry@sc.edu.
  • Rural health dashboard draws attention to statewide health data
Geography students in the College of Arts and Sciences are working with Keven Bennett,
a professor in the School of Medicine-Columbia, to create a rural health dashboard
for South Carolina. The dashboard will make it easy for community leaders and residents
to learn about health care issues impacting their communities.

The dashboard reveals the prevalence of various health conditions (such as diabetes
and heart disease) in rural communities, as well as the medical care available in
those communities. The dashboard is intended to help leaders identify needs and make decisions to improve health in
rural communities. To schedule an interview, contact Bryan Gentry, brgentry@sc.edu.

  • New map showcases county risk and resilience
This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released the first phase of its National Risk Index, an interactive map and dataset that illustrates the risk communities face from natural
disasters. Based on geographic information systems technology, the map shows how social
vulnerability, community resilience and risk of natural disaster damage combine to
impact a community’s level of risk.

 

Geography faculty in the UofSC Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute provided
input on the development of FEMA’s tool as well as data that helps inform the map’s
risk ratings. Susan Cutter, director of the institute, is available for interviews
about how communities can use this data to understand risk and prepare for disasters.
To schedule an interview, contact Bryan Gentry, brgentry@sc.edu.

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