SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Travelocity(R), along with The
Geographic Education National Implementation Project, awarded Neal G. Lineback
the 2003 Travelocity Award for Excellence in Geography Education for Geography
in the News(TM). Since 1987, this newspaper series has taken a deeper look
behind major news stories, presenting a broader picture of geography.
The Appalachian State University professor will be recognized March 19 in
Philadelphia at the Association of American Geographers meeting, celebrating
the organization’s centennial. The $5,000 award, donated by Travelocity,
honors professionals whose work has positively impacted the field of Geography
Education in the United States during the previous year.
“Neal Lineback’s work clearly helps demystify the world for students
everywhere and of every age, and we’re extremely excited to honor him with
this award,” Michelle Peluso, Travelocity’s CEO, said. “Our goal with this
award is to promote geography as a way to break down barriers between people,
inspire future travelers to explore their world and share their observations
on their return, all while improving geography education.”
Originating as a newspaper column, Geography in the News continues to
prove Lineback’s commitment to geography education at all levels. The series
has been reprinted in a range of journals and is also available online for
classroom use. Past topics have included: Continuing Problems in Abkhazia:
Another Microstate, Ramadan: Fourth Pillar of Islam, Saudi Arabia’s Monarchy
and Alpine Tunnel Collisions. Each story is built around a map, draws on
detailed research, relies on thoughtful editing and captures an abiding
passion to show students how they can interpret the world using geography.
Lineback recruits both undergraduate and graduate students to help research,
write and produce maps.
He also helped develop the World Geography Bowl into a popular regional
and national competition, pitting college and university geography students
against one another in this Jeopardy-like event. Among his many achievements,
Lineback was awarded the Association of American Geographer’s Distinguished
Service Award in 1999 for this endeavor.
A pioneer in his field and a true credit to the profession, Lineback
reaches people across many generations with Geography in the News. His
understanding of events and appreciation of the science has helped make
geography accessible and interesting to thousands of students and teachers.
Lineback has helped everyone to see that geography is indeed in the news.
Travelocity, a Sabre Holdings(TM) company, the pioneer in online travel,
gives consumers access to hundreds of airlines, thousands of hotels, cruise,
last-minute and vacations packages, entertainment tickets, best-in-class car
rental companies, and ground transportation all backed by 24-hour customer
service. With 41 million members, Travelocity is the sixth largest travel
agency in the United States and has been recognized for its global leadership
in online travel and powers five multi-lingual travel Web sites worldwide.
Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) is a world leader in travel commerce,
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