Campus News

Symposium to honor geography prof

A symposium honoring the late James O. Wheeler will take place April 20 from 2:30-
5 p.m. in Room 200C of the geography and geology building.

The event, which will focus on urban and economic geography, is open free to the public. Speakers will include William Graves of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte;
Selima Sultana and Keith Debbage of UNC-Greensboro; Eric Fournier of Samford University; and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen of the State University of New York-Buffalo.

Wheeler, the Merle Prunty Jr. Professor Emeritus in the department of geography, died Dec. 9, 2010.

His early teaching career at the college level included positions at Indiana University (Gary), Ohio State University, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. In 1971 he joined the UGA faculty, where he served as geography department head from 1975 to 1983 and advised graduate students and taught until his retirement in 1999. His writing and research continued until his death.