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The Evelyn L. Pruitt Lecture Series Presents Geographer Patricia Gober on April 27

The Evelyn L. Pruitt Lecture Series was established to educate women in the field of geography

04/24/2012 12:03 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology will welcome geographer Patricia Gober to campus as part of the Evelyn L. Pruitt Lecture Series. Gober will present a paper, titled “Decision Making for Water Security: Reflections from the USA and Canada,” on Friday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m. in E130 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex.


Gober’s paper will explore a new paradigm for water security that relies on decision making under uncertainty – asking what kind of future people want and how to get there, what policies work best across a range of climate conditions, and how much risk people are willing to tolerate. She will discuss examples of simulation experiments and stakeholder engagement from Phoenix, Ariz., in the USA and the Saskatchewan River Basin in Canada.   


Gober is a faculty member at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School, or JSGS, of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and is a research professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, or ASU.


At ASU, she directs the National Science Foundation’s Decision Center for a Desert City, which studies water management decisions in the face of climatic uncertainty in Greater Phoenix. She has established a complementary research program at the University of Saskatchewan, serving as a bridge between JSGS, the Global Institute of Water Security and the School of the Environment and Sustainability in research, stakeholder engagement, and graduate supervision and instruction.


Gober’s current activities center on climate adaptation in the Saskatchewan River Basin. She is especially interested in the use of science and visualization for real-world decision-making.


Gober is past president of the Association of American Geographers, former member of the Population Reference Bureau’s Board of Trustees and former chair of the college board’s Advanced Placement Human Geography Committee. She was awarded the Prince Sultan Abdulaziz International Price for Water in November 2008, the ASU Alumni Association’s Faculty Research Award in February 2009 and the Association of American Geographer’s Presidential Achievement Award in April 2011.


Each year the Department of Geography & Anthropology invites a speaker to give a talk in the department and exchange with students and faculty in the LSU community, made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Evelyn L. Pruitt. The Evelyn L. Pruitt Lecture Series is part of the fund, designed to “to educate women in the field of geography.”


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