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Special Sessions 

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Roundtable Discussion
Organizers: Lisa DeChano-Cook, Michael Longan, and Susy Ziegler

This forum is designed for anyone interested in Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) International Geographical Honors Society.  Faculty and students are invited to share experiences, ideas, and concerns related to GTU. Information on the GTU Visiting Geographical Scientist Program will be provided.  Organizers will assist geographers who wish to start a GTU chapter on a campus without one.  Student GTU officers and prospective GTU members are welcome to network with students and faculty sponsors from other chapters.

Please contact the organizers for more information.

Health and Medical Geography Session
Organizer: Jim Wilson

This session is open to topics using a range of theoretical approaches, description, or exploration related to health and place. Paper topics that address environmental and public health issues are also welcome. If interested in presenting your work in this session, please send a copy of your abstract to the organizer.

Exploring Graduate School in Geography
Orginizer: David Goldblum

This is will be a general informational session about geography graduate school. Information in the session will be applicable to current undergraduate students and current MA/MS students.  The session has two primary aims: 1) for undergraduate students there will be a general discussion about being a graduate student, how a graduate program differs from undergraduate programs, finding potential programs/advisors, tuition waivers, TA/RA funding, requirements for applying, etc. and 2) for both undergraduate students and current graduate students there will be information about graduate geography programs (specializations, strengths, etc.) in the region.

Urban Geography: ClassicConcepts and Models Revisited with Modern GIS Computing
Orginizer: Rich Greene

This session explores classic urban geography concepts developed from the 1950s through the 1970s and demonstrates how they have stood the test of time with the assistance of modern GIS computing.  Topics include trade area delineation, density gradients, directional bias in residential mobility, and mapping the changing dynamics of work area commuting fields.

A Decade of Change in the Commuting Fields of Chicago's Downtown and Edge Cities: 2000 to 2010.
Rich Greene, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 

Directional Bias in Residential Movement: Examples from Chicago Suburbs
Peter M. Piet, Northern Illinois University 

The Changing Trade Areas of Chicago Area Casinos
Jim Newman, Northern Illinois University 

What Happened to the Urban Density Gradient?
John Hudson, Northwestern University 

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