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About Geography In The News

While all Geography in the News™ articles can be read online, they have also been converted to PDF which makes downloading and printing fast and easy. Subscribers have the option of printing color or black and white versions of each article, which can then be photocopied for distribution. All of the articles' PDF versions are formatted to print on a single 8 1/2" x 11" page, and the maps in the articles will retain their crisp clear lines in both the black and white and color PDF versions.

Meet the Authors

Seth Dixon, Ph.D & Julie Dixon

Seth and Julie Dixon met in geography classes at Brigham Young University where they both received Bachelor's Degrees from the Geography Department (Seth-Geography Education, Julie-City Planning). Seth taught ninth grade geography while Julie worked in the local city's economic redevelopment agency. Seth continued with graduate school, earning an M.S. from BYU and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Julie has continued to express her love of geography through her travels and writing. Seth is a geography professor at Rhode Island College within the Political Science Department and in the past has worked in the Department of Educational Studies where he supervised social studies student teachers in the public educational system. He curates online resources on a site titled Geography Education which is designed to share news articles, videos and other resources that to teach geography in the classroom. Seth is the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance coordinator and they can be followed and reached via Twitter @APHumanGeog.

Martin W. Lewis, Ph.D

Martin W. Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, where he teaches global historical and regional geography, contemporary geopolitics, and the history of Southeast Asia. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979, and a Ph.D in geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. His recent research focuses on the history of geographical ideas, especially those pertaining to the division of the world. He is the author of Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (University of California Press) and of Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism (Duke University Press), and the co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (University of California Press) and Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Prentice Hall). He also blogs about geographical and linguistic topics, particularly those that are in the news, along with Asya Pereltsvaig at Martin and Asya are currently writing a book on the origins and spread of the Indo-European language family, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

A native Californian, Martin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He currently lives on the Stanford campus with his wife of thirty years, historian Karen Wigen, and their daughter, Eleanor Lewis. He enjoys gardening and hiking in addition to map-making and geographical exploration.

Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D

Asya Pereltsvaig has trained as a professional linguist. After receiving a BA in English and the Humanities from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University (Montreal), she taught at Yale, Cornell and several European universities. She has then settled in the Bay Area, where she now teaches at Stanford's Linguistics Department and the Continuing Studies Program. She is an expert in Slavic, Semitic, and Turkic languages, and her general academic interests include languages, history, genetics and the relationship between the three. Asya has written extensively on the world's languages and the peoples who speak them, including such lesser-known groups as the Veps, the Udmurt, and the peoples of the Caucasus. Her recent textbook Languages of the World: An Introduction, published by Cambridge University Press, has become a bestseller in the field. Her most recent project is a joined book with Martin W. Lewis on the origins and spread of the Indo-European language family, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Asya lived in Israel, Canada, United Kingdom, and Norway, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. Besides English, she speaks fluent Russian, French, and Hebrew. This rich personal experience informs Asya's writing and particularly her work at, a map-illustrated website about the peoples, places, and languages shaping current events. Asya has written over 200 articles for GeoCurrents on a wide range of topics including cartography, global health infrastructure, environmental issues in Siberia, ethnic tensions in Eastern Europe, and regional cuisines around the world.

Becky Sicking

Becky Sicking has had a 14-year career as an editor and academic designer for McGraw-Hill Education, one of the top education publishers in the industry. Her area of expertise is middle school social studies where she recently spearheaded the digital development of a national world geography program. She has written numerous skills-based activities for an online resource library, and she frequently contributed articles based on current events for the publisher's online social studies blog. Other subjects she has written about in her career include world history, U.S. history, and economics.

As a former student in gifted education programs, Becky's special interest is presenting social studies topics that are challenging and out of the ordinary-but in ways that are accessible to all learners. Engaging students and piquing their natural curiosity about the world is an effective way to help them master the core skills they need in today's global economy. Her focus is to model making connections students may not otherwise notice, to help them hone their critical thinking skills. Becky's background includes English studies at Kenyon College and communications and cultural studies at The Ohio State University. She is the proud mother of a 15-year-old daughter, and spouse to her editor and musician husband of almost 20 years. She and her family live in Ohio, although she was born and raised in South Florida, thus she will forever be a Floridian at heart.

Scott G. Wilson

Scott G. Wilson has always had a fascination with other places and other cultures. Although his family hails from a small textile-mill village in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina, Scott was born in Omaha, Nebraska to a tech-sergeant in the United States Air Force who moved his family to Izmir, Turkey when Scott was only five-years-old. From then on, he was hooked on foreign lands. His formal education includes two undergraduate degrees from Appalachian State University in History and English, a Master's degree in Geography and Political Science from Georgia State University, and additional graduate-level work at Boston University, Columbia University, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. For 30 years Scott taught Social Studies and English in DeKalb County, Georgia where he was both National Board Certified and Georgia Master Teacher Certified.

During his teaching career, Scott spent all of his free time traveling. He has explored 77 countries on six continents. After retiring from teaching in 2010, Scott joined the United States Peace Corps and served for 27 months as an English teacher in the desert near the Syrian border in Jordan. While there he fell in love and married a professor from nearby Al al-Bayt University. He and his new bride, Dr. Jomana Al Shdefat, are currently living in Atlanta.

Dr. Neal G. Lineback

In his distinguished career, Dr. Neal Lineback has made innumerable contributions to geography education. In addition to the long-standing success of Geography In The News™, he has taught at both high school and university levels, while authoring or co-authoring three books, four atlases, more than 100 land use and mineral rights maps, along with numerous professional papers in publications ranging from Professional Geographer to World Book Encyclopedia.

Currently a Professor Emeritus of Geography at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Dr. Lineback has been chair of the Geography Department at both Appalachian and the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. He has also been very active in a number of professional societies, including the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the National Council of Geography Education. For AAG, Dr. Lineback has chaired committees, served as President of the Southeastern Division, and was the founder and guiding force behind the World Geography Bowl, a national college-level student geography competition. For these and other activities, he has been honored with several regional and national awards for Geography In The News™, including the AAG's Distinguished Service Honors award and Travelocity's Award for Excellence in Geography Education.

Mandy Lineback Gritzner, M.S.

Mandy Lineback Gritzner, daughter of Geography In The News™ founder Neal Lineback, now serves as co-author of Geography In The News™ articles. She began collaborating in the research and writing of the articles in the summer 2006. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received her college degree in geography at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and her graduate degree in Earth Science from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She has worked at the University of New Mexico and the University of Montana, as well as with two private firms as a Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist. She and her husband, Jason, spent two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Bolivia, before returning to the U.S. to write a secondary school book together on Bolivia. She and Jason have two daughters and live in Idaho.

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