Winter 1998/1999


Winter 1998/99

Check Your Assignments …

Ojai 38th Annual Meeting Preliminary Program All Set
The Preliminary Program of the 38th Annual Meeting to be held at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, February 21-24, is notable for both its high quality and diversity. Papers will be presented by scholars from many countries around the world as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you haven’t yet decided to attend – do so now!
Session Assignments
Program participants should check the Preliminary Program to find the scheduling of paper presentations, as well as chair and discussant assignments.

Click here to go to the 1999 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program.
To help you in this task, check the “Program Participant Locator.”

Click here to go to the 1999 Program Participant Locator.
Please note that longstanding WRSA tradition and policy is that all paper presenters may also be assigned chair and/or discussant duties.
The Program Cochairs have attempted to select persons with appropriate skills and interests to discuss each paper, given the very limited number of “degrees of freedom” imposed by scheduling constraints.  Even if you do not consider yourself the ideal discussant for a paper, rest assured that the most interesting suggestions frequently come from persons with different perspectives than those of the author.  The Program Cochairs consider the program included here to be “final” with respect to scheduling papers, and will resist making changes. They’ve attempted to honor all scheduling requests received prior to December 1.  Any further program changes must be kept to a minimum due to the fullness of the program and the need not to inconvenience others by making last-minute swaps. Even a seemingly simple change will often lead to a chain reaction of other changes.
Make Your Plans Now!
Mailings of the hotel reservation and registration/ dues forms have been sent to known conference participants. Duplicate copies of these items are included with this Newsletter; they may also be printed directly from the WRSA website.

Click here to go to the 1999 Annual Meeting Preregistration / Dues Form.
Click here to go to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Room Reservation Form.
If you have not already done so, send in these forms (and payment) immediately. Our room block at the Ojai Valley Inn may fill early!

Special Opening Session and Reception
The Meeting officially opens with registration beginning at 2:00 PM and a special plenary session at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 21, featuring presentations about Southern California and the Ojai region. Immediately following the opening session will be the annual Welcoming Reception.

Please make your travel plans to arrive at the Ojai Valley Inn by mid-afternoon Sunday.

Click here for a complete Meeting Arrangements Checklist of Information about Meeting Arrangements.

1999 WRSA Turnbull Cup Golf Tournament
This year’s competition is being organized by Robert Formaini, who reports that the entry fee is $130, including greens fees and cart, lunch, beer, and prizes. Players of all levels are welcome to participate. Entry deadline is January 20, so please get with Bob NOW if you are interested. His email is; phone (214) 922-5343. Entry fee checks should be made out directly to Bob and sent to Robert Formaini / 7520 Woodthrush Dr. / Dallas, TX 75230.


Ojai Inaugural WRSA Tennis Tournament
Last year’s plans to add a tennis tournament to the WRSA social program were frustrated by Monterey’s El Nino rains. This coming February the sun will shine on the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa’s championship tennis complex as WRSAers take to the courts for our first annual tennis competition! Players of all skill levels are invited to participate. All interested should get in touch with organizer Andrei Rogers, University of Colorado, Boulder, as soon as possible. His email is: Phone: (303) 492-2145.


WRSA Cohosts Enormously Successful
North American Meetings of the RSAI in Santa Fe

The WRSA, along with the Department of Geography & Regional Development of the University of Arizona cohosted the largest ever North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, November 11 — 14, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More than 400 regional science scholars from far and wide participated in the three days of the 45th annual conference. The Final Program included a total of 84 paper sessions featuring 316 papers, along with a large number of panels and council and business meetings. Sessions were held in two hotels, the historic La Fonda and the lovely Hotel Loretto. Participants filled the sleeping rooms of both those establishments to capacity, and two additional official hotels were added to accommodate the overflow attendance.
Special events at the conference included a large slate of invited-paper sessions organized in memory of Ben Stevens, WRSA Board member Geoff Hewings’s Presidential Address, the Annual NARSC Awards Banquet Luncheon with a speech by Ed Glaeser of Harvard on the Future of Cities (not to mention WRSA’s own composer in residence, Jean Paelinck’s, piano recital), and a high-spirited conference supper party for all participants on Friday evening.  Meeting-goers took full advantage of the unique Santa Fe ambiance, enjoying its culinary and scenic charms.  After snow and cold weather in the early and mid-part of the week, the skies cleared and the temperatures warmed up into the 60s on Friday and Saturday giving conference-goers a taste of the full spectrum of early-winter in the Land of Enchantment.
The massive job of organizing the academic side of the Meetings was expertly handled by Program Co-chairs adrian X. esparza and Brigitte_Waldorf.  The conference logistics were handled by Arrangements Chair David a. Plane, assisted by Linda Koski and a merry band of grad students from Arizona’s Department of Geography & Regional Development.  It is probably fair to brag that the two North American conferences co-hosted by WRSA — the 1993 40th Annual Meetings at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston) and the 45th in Santa Fe — each set new standard.


Call for Papers
Geographical & Environmental Modelling

Geographical & Environmental Modelling (GEM) is a fully refereed journal that provides an international forum for spatial research in the fields of geographical, ecological, environmental and spatial modeling.
As GEM begins its third year of publication it encourages submissions in all areas of analytical modeling in human and physical geography.  Information for contributors is available online at or contact the Editor, Jim Pooler, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5A5, e-mail: jpooler@sk.


New Publications from Mexico

Three publications from the Asociación Mexicana De Ciencias Para El Desarrollo Regional are available to libraries and regional scientists for a nominal fee. These collections are published by Amecider under the general editorship of Salvador Rodriquez y Rodriquez. Among the well-known Mexican regionalists who offer papers are Alfonso Corona, Jorge Serrano, Salvador Rodriquez y Rodriquez, Angel Bassols, and Jesus Tamayo. The books are entitled: (1) El Desarrollo Regional En Mexico, Antecedentes y Perspectives; (2) Teorías y Metodologías en Ciencias Regionales y Urbanas, Tomo 1; and (3) Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Regional Sustentable, Tomo IV.

For information about these books contact: Dr. Salvador Rodriquez y Rodriquez / President, AMECIDER / Torre II de Humanidades 5° Piso / Cubiculo 515, Ciudad Universitaria / Coyoacan, C.P. 04510, Mexico, D.F. / Tel. 623-01-05 / Fax 623-00-97 / C.E.


Regional Science Meeting Calendar

38th Annual Meeting, Western Regional Science Association, Ojai, California, February 21-24, 1999
 See article, p. 1 this Newsletter.

38th Annual Southern Regional Science Association Meeting, Richmond, VA, April 15-17, 1999
For further information check out the website at or email Judith Stallman at:

30th Mid-Continent Regional Science Association Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, June 10-12, 1999
 The 30th annual meeting of MCRSA will be held at the Holiday Inn Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN from June 10-12, 1999. For general conference information, contact Virginia Carlson, Program Committee Chair / Dept. of Urban Planning / Univ. Wisconsin / 2131 E. Hartford Ave. / Milwaukee, WI 53211 /  phone (414) 229-5323 / Fax (414) 229-6976 / email:

16th Pacific Conference of the RSAI, Seoul, Korea, July 12-16, 1999
For full information vitist the website at:

39th European Congress of the Regional Science Association, Dublin, Ireland, August 28-September 1, 1999
The Congress is being hosted by the RSAI British and Irish Section. The general subject of the Congress is “Regional Cohesion and Competitiveness in 21st Century Europe.” For more information, contact Dr. Annette Roberts, Secretary RSAIBIS, Welsh Economy Research Unit, Cardiff Business School, 43 Park Place, Cardiff, CF1 3BB, UK. Phone: +44 (0)1222 874173; Fax: +44 (0)1222 874446; Email: Conference website: //www.ucd.ic/~economic/rsai/


WRSA Newsletter

The newsletter of the Western Regional Science Association is supported by permit mailing authorization
by the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona  85721  USA.

Editor & Executive Secretary: David A. Plane
Assistant Editor: Linda E. Koski
Circulation Manager: Peter C. Johnson

Send items for inclusion in future issues to Plane at the address given below.

Professor David A. Plane, Executive Secretary, Western Regional Science Association
Department of Geography & Regional Development / University of Arizona
Harvill Building, Box 2 (2nd and Olive Streets) / Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA
Telephone: (520) 621-1738; 621-1652 (messages) / FAX: (520) 621-2889
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