Geography Professor Receives Award from International Honor Society

University of New Orleans professor James Lowry is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honor society in geography. Lowry, an associate professor and chair of geography, was presented with the award at the National Conference on Geographic Education in San Marcos, Texas on October 6.

The Distinguished Service Award is Gamma Theta Upsilon’s highest honor. It recognizes Lowry’s outstanding contributions to the honor society through his role as the executive secretary of GTU’s national office.

Lowry joined the UNO faculty in 2006 and activated the Zeta Lambda Chapter of GTU. In 2007 he served as national second vice president and he became executive secretary in 2008. Lowry’s research and teaching focus on cultural ecology and natural hazards.

Gamma Theta Upsilon was established in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. GTU promotes professional interest in geography, strengthens student and professional training in geography, and advances the status of geography as a practical and cultural discipline for study and investigation.