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Phil Gersmehl, PhD, is Codirector of the New York Center for Geographic Learning, at Hunter College, where he helps develop curriculum and train teachers in Bushwick, Canarsie, Harlem, Jackson Heights, and other neighborhoods in New York. He has worked with geographic alliances in 28 states, as well as with similar groups in Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and Russia. He was Codirector of the ARGUS and ARGWorld projects, both funded by the National Science Foundation and other sources, and both administered by the Association of American Geographers. He also assisted with three NASA-funded educational projects and one for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to accepting the New York position, he developed distance-learning courses for the University of Minnesota, a pilot TV episode for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a number of instructional computing projects for IBM and other groups. He is author of several books and a regular contributor to professional journals. His work has earned several awards for research and geographic education, including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.