Retrospect on Fifty Years of Geography in the Ohio Academy of Science
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v83, n4 (September, 1983), 161-168
Research by Ohio geographers over the 50-year history of the Geography Section of The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) has been varied with respect to regional and topical themes. Research has closely followed the pattern of world events and social concerns. In the early years the areas of conservation, economic, urban and physical geography were popular. While urban and economic geography remained significant concerns over the 50 years, the past 15 years have had social and cultural concerns come to the fore. The regional focus on Ohio and the United States has been strong throughout the years. Interest in other regions has tended to fluctuate in response to world events, especially in years of crises and change as evidenced by World War II and the independence movement in Africa. Whenever special sessions were organized on particular regions, interest, as gauged by papers presented at OAS meetings, sky-rocketed but then quickly subsided. In the near future it is likely that trends begun in the late 1970s in topical and regional themes will continue.
Author Institution: Department of Geography, The University of Akron
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