The Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) held the Technical Meetings of the four PAIGH Commissions (Cartography, Geography, Geophysics, and History) from July 8-12, 2019 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Full information about this gathering and the reports from the four Commissions can be found on the PAIGH website (in Spanish).
The United States National Section of PAIGH held the 2019 Annual Meeting on April 3, 2019 at the US Census Bureau in Suitland, MD. Twenty-four members attended, most in-person and some virtually. We were fortunate that Cesar Rodriguez Tomeo, Secretary General of PAIGH, was able to attend and provide a report of the organization as a whole.
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!