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  1. Thank you very much that anonymom. I now have a list of some sort to guide me (rather than the "think of a state, add the word 'university', add the word 'geography' and type it into Google" approach!!). I wonder how they arrived at those rankings... I know it's a few years ago, but my (uninformed) impression was that places like Maryland and particularly Georgia and UNC (and Kentucky for that matter) would have ranked a little higher. Who knows though... I wonder if there's much correlation between ranking and competition for admission. I guess probably not, but what do I know? Just looking a
  2. Anonymom (clever name ), Thank you for your advice (and for your good wishes -- they're really appreciated). I will certainly see what (if any) external sources of funding are available. In terms of which other schools to apply to, I take your point absolutely about choosing places that are a "good match" rather than simply a "lower" standard. Although I really hope Kentucky will offer me funding again next time, the fact is, I might have to end up elsewhere, so it's certainly sensible to apply to places where I have something in common with them interests-wise. I do also have to consid
  3. I don't know if you want/need/expect funding, but that could be a problem with applying for Spring admission if they divide up their budgets on an academic year basis. I don't know much about economic geography, but ASU and USC are two others that seemed to have their fair share of faculty/courses in that area. I don't know about whether your undergraduate institution will necessarily hurt -- isn't a 3.7 GPA a 3.7 GPA regardless of where you got it? I'm not sure... in the UK they try to standardize the level of degree grades nationally, but the reality is very different of course. Sorry I can'
  4. Sonny, I think you're right: the skills and training issues are central, and not just the infrastructure which is itself relatively inexpensive. It certainly needed the support of the local government, and access is based around the public library. The community section of their website explains how it is being implemented. My home city has loads of good points. I just can't think of what they are
  5. [Just to clear one thing up first -- I did not suggest that teaching abstinence is necessarily effective or desirable. So no "false information" there, nor even an opinion for that matter.] I don't want to do a Bill O'Reilly and claim that because you brand me "extremist" I win automatically -- although he's got a point about that being a fairly common reflex position -- but it is tempting . I'm not even a conservative for God's sake! You're against kicking puppies for fun? Well, we can agree on that :shock: Leaving any rhetoric aside -- which part of this is wrong?: 1. You s
  6. haha, I'm glad you knew that! I'm sorry to admit that I had no idea where Kentucky was before I applied there; I thought it was further south to be honest... about where Tennessee is. It just shows though... all that exists of the US according to the British media is NYC, Washington, California and Disneyland, Florida. I won't be a teaching assistant right away. I have a fellowship for the first year at least, but after that I'm not certain; either the fellowship renews or I will get an assistantship. So, are you looking forward to teaching (or operating the photcopier and grading exams may
  7. Yes, sorry -- the "antiscientific" comment referred to the title of the thread. Anyways, I dragged it way off-topic. Have a moral victory I haven't read through those links too thoroughly, but so far as I can see the objections are largely based on the utility of the research rather than ideology. I haven't asked "most Americans" what they think, but I wouldn't mind betting that they would oppose having their tax money spent on seeing if pornography arouses people. I'm glad it doesn't work in that way though. If majority rule were the only criterion, I should think the only public
  8. To be anything more than logically sound, you'd have to demonstrate that funding is being withheld from research on issues such as sexuality for "policy" reasons. I find that unlikely. Even within geography queer theory (not to mention queer theorists) flourish -- good research projects are funded irrespective of the "Bush administration" (or whatever malevolent homophobic force is being blamed). I'd love to know what sexuality-based research we're all missing out on because of the Dark Forces of Conservatism. Stem cell research is a different matter, I can accept. The US has chosen largely no
  9. I think the difference between sociology and geography is the frequency with which the word "space" (as a noun or a verb) is peppered into otherwise identical accounts. That, and the way geographers name-drop Foucault -- never having read him -- whether he's relevant to their question or not. Talking of which, on the "medical" question -- Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic. An inherently geographical (i.e. spatial) account of power, discourse and their embodiment. I know there's various "geographical" research on spaces of therapy, alternative therapy, healing, etc. It doesn't interest me in
  10. I have to rise to the bait... I'm just wondering if the questioner is serious? I think "America" has probably come to terms with the existence of evolution theory by now. I know a lot of lefties just love the idea that the US is some kind of fundamentalist Christian state in which their "enligtened" views are quashed (usually by some unholy alliance of capitalists and/or "the religious right" and/or "the Jewish lobby" and/or "the oil industry" and/or "rightwing pressure groups"), but the reality is that the world of academia is almost exclusively leftwing and secular. I have no problem with
  11. Nothing as bad as that, although I was told "you will definitely get funding" on three occasions from December right up until mid-March, when I got the default "such was the strength of this year's applicants..." rejection. It's just lucky I didn't turn down any other offers on the basis of trusting their word. Mind you, weird as it is, it must give you some satisfaction to be so wanted . But seriously, if they can screw up -- and probably lie -- that badly about your admission imagine what fun they'd have organizing something tricky. Like a piss-up in a brewery.
  12. Congratulations, Sonny, on making your decision -- I just looked at the faculty stuff on their website and, given your interests, it looks like you made a great choice. --- Good luck with the dissertations . And, Miami has to be appealing to anybody -- doesn't it? I mean Will Smith made it sound so cool 8) back before I became a country music bore c. 12 months ago.
  13. Sounds like really interesting stuff. I was reading today in Antipode about the way in which the concentration of "development" in urban centres impacts on and often displaces the urban poor. For example, in Sao Paulo (and many other "third world" cities), the distances between the wealthy "transnational" elites and the majority is huge, both literally and metaphorically; the average commuting time for workers was 4 hours each way. So many interesting questions tied up in that. I haven't been to the Philippines yet, but I've been working as a volunteer on a website for an NGO (HotCity Wirel
  14. If you're thinking of the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (which, if you like beaches, scenery and sheep you should!), they have some pretty good funding opportunities. The Aberystwyth Postgraduate Research Studentship competition provides fairly big stipends, and is open to international students. Other than that, ESRC studentships linked to specific research projects look like they only provide tuition remission unless you're British. This page has a list of funding opportunities within the university, but they're explained more clearly on the geography site; presumably "your" department
  15. guesty, that sounds really cool -- the way that the experience of real (whether "actual" or immanent/imaginary) places is mediated both through the author's descriptions, and through his characters' "experiences". I've seen a similar idea done badly. It was about the way in which Wessex (Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire [?] in England) is represented in Thomas Hardy's novels. This person's main argument was premised on the idea that not only could (s)he 'get at' the "real" Wessex landscape, but that (s)he could get at the real (i.e. prior-to-langauge) Wessex of Hardy's day, and therefore compare the "
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