G&A Alumnus Changzhen Wang receives J. Warren Nystrom Award

Changzhen Wang photo at event

Congratulations to our alumnus, Dr. Changzhen Wang for receiving the prestigious J. Warren Nystrom Award at the 2024 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Hawaii! Changzhen was a Ph.D. student of 2018-2022 in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU under the direction of Professor Fahui Wang. She is now a dean’s postdoc research associate in the Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Alabama, where she will be an Assistant Professor from August 2024.

Her winning paper entitled “Overlapping Cancer Service Areas: Delineation and Implications” underwent two rounds of rigorous evaluation. Her paper stood out for its innovative concepts, significant contributions to geographic knowledge, and the quality and effectiveness of its written style and oral presentation. The paper has been published in Transactions in GIS in 2024.

As the top geography dissertation award in North America, the Nystrom Award was established by the former AAG Executive Director J. Warren Nystrom to support an annual prize for an exceptional paper based on a recent dissertation in geography within three years.