FARMINGTON, Maine —More than 80 geographers and their students from across New England and Quebec recently gathered at the University of Maine at Farmington and literally brought the world with them.
Participants convened at UMF for the annual New England–St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society Conference that included hands-on geography lessons with “Earth View,” a 22-foot inflatable globe; the regional World Geography Bowl competition; an academic paper and poster session and a discussion on sustainability science.
“Earth View” was unveiled by Bridgewater State University in 2008 as a traveling teaching tool that could help teach students about plate tectonics, global cultures, biogeography, political geography and climate change.
Cathleen McAnneny, UMF professor of geography, who has worked with NESTVAL in many capacities for 18 years, was recognized with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.
Margaret Chernosky, a teacher from Bangor High School who teaches geography, advanced placement geography and GIS was recognized by UMF as a Friend of Geography.