In October 2018, the U.S. National Section of PAIGH published its annual report, covering its activities from the period from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Highlights include the visit to the 21st General Assembly Meeting that took place in Panama City, Panama; the 90th Anniversary of PAIGH celebration in Mexico City, and the Section’s own annual meeting in Suitland, Maryland. The full report can be accessed here (Final Report for 2018, pdf).
At the 35th Conference of the Latin American Geographers held this May in Costa Rica, Dr. Patricia Solís received the Enlaces Award, and Dr. David Salisbury received the Private Sector and Government Award. We heartily congratulate these two individuals on their tremendous achievements to support Latin American geography projects!
ENLACES Award: Given in recognition of contributions to improving relationships between geographers and geography departments throughout Latin America. Recipients will have demonstrated success and commitment towards this goal.
PRIVATE SECTOR & GOVERNMENT AWARD: Given in recognition of contributions to enhancing and disseminating knowledge of the geography of Latin America to professionals in government or the public in the private sector.
Twenty-four different projects involving scholars and professionals from nine different countries have been funded through PAIGH’s Technical Assistance Program. These cover the full range of PAIGH’s areas of activity, from historical atlases to the use of GPS to examine earthquake patterns along the Nazca plate near Peru.
We send congratulations to the recipients who were recommended by the US National Section, Bettina Martinez Hackert and Jorge Bajo, who will be using multi-beam scanners as they develop bathymetric, hydrographic, and topographic data from Lake Coatepeque in El Salvador.
Members of the US National Section held an information-sharing session, Learning About the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History through Grants, Research, and Collaboration, at the recent American Association of Geographer’s annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Participants included David Salisbury (University of Richmond), Dolly Garcia (US Census Bureau), Tim Trainer Graciela Sandoval (Texas State University, San Marcos), Timothy Trainor (US Census Bureau), and Diana Sinton (UCGIS). The small audience was appreciative of the rich and informative discussion.
In February 2017, PAIGH turns 89 years old!
Membership from the US National Section of PAIGH held its 2016 annual meeting in Suitland, Maryland, home to the headquarters of the US Census Bureau. The 2-day event included presentations by members of the national Geography, History, and Geophysics Commission. Other topics discussed were the 2017 Project Proposal process and a strategic plan for the use of social media. Expanding and updating the section’s web presence is a priority.
One highlight of the meeting was a guided tour of the Historic Building of the Organization of the American States, plus a trip to its Museum.
The Meeting’s Agenda is available for download (2016 PAIGH USNS Annual Meeting Agenda) (pdf).
The Cartography Commission of PAIGH is seeking nominations from each National Section for its second annual Masters Thesis Prize in Cartography, Geodesy, and/or Geographic Information. More information is available in English and Spanish. Nominations should be sent by March 31, 2016, for full consideration.