August 22, 2014

GEO Major Brad Kasberg Wins Goldman Prize to Work with Miami Tribe

Story reprinted and excerpted courtesy of the Miami News and Public Information Office.

Miami University senior Brad Kasberg, recipient of the $30,000 Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize, will spend a year after graduation working with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to develop a sustainable land use plan that will address the cultural, ecological, and economic needs of the tribe.

GEO major Brad Kasberg wins Goldman Prize

The Goldman prize annually allows a Miami senior to realize a dream. It gives students with exceptional promise the gift of time to pursue ideas and activities that will enrich their later work and careers. The prize is believed to be among the largest undergraduate awards in the country.

Kasberg, a member of the Miami Nation of Indiana, a geography and anthropology double major and an urban planning and regional analysis minor, is well positioned to carry out his project.

“As a Miami, I have invaluable resources of knowledge granted from my interactions with the Myaamia Project and the rest of the tribal community,” Kasberg said.

The Myaamia Project is a tribal initiative with Miami University to advance the Miami tribe’s language and revitalization efforts.

Kasberg will:
• conduct an analysis of zinc, lead and cadmium contamination of soil and water on Miami tribal land and map the widespread contamination of the tribal land;
• cultivate plants culturally significant to the tribe and analyze them for zinc, lead and cadmium contamination; and
• develop a sustainable land use plan for the tribe.

“Appropriate land use will vary according to levels of contamination on these lands, yet the degree of lead contamination across these lands has not been comprehensively defined,” Kasberg said.

Kasberg is a geography and anthropology double major and an urban planning and regional analysis minor, and participated in the department’s Wilks Scholar Shaping Sustainable Communities cohort. “I consider the Shaping Sustainabilities cohort to define my time here at Miami University, as it has shaped my interests and goals since my sophomore year,” Kasberg said. “Without this cohort, I may never have been introduced to the importance of urban planning, environmental studies and the real world politics that entangle these issues.

For the full story about Brad’s research, click here.

Spring 2012 Courses for GEO and URP Majors

Registration season is upon us again. To help you plan for Spring 2012, the Geography Department has developed a list of upcoming courses in the Geography (GEO) major and Urban and Regional Planning (URP) major, including new courses that can satisfy particular major requirements. They are also posted outside the 216 Shideler. If GEO majors have advising questions they should contact Dr. Kim Medley at URP majors should contact Dr. David Prytherch at

Students Present Their Research Work

Invasibility of Amur Honeysuckle Over 18 Years of Change in a Southwestern Ohio Forest Stand

Geography students recently participated in the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum, which provides an opportunity to show off the research work our students do.

Sustainable Eating: Comparing the Traceability and Food Mileage of Three Miami University Dining Hall Concepts
Students’ Perceptions Towards Local Food: Establishing a Relationship Between Miami University Students and the MOON Food Cooperative

GEO 221 studying floodplains

GEO 221, Regional Physical Environments class photographed in the campus study area as part of the field unit on floodplains.