"Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety". Rene Daumal
Hello! I am your adventure guide on our great journey through our home - our earth. My name is Les Doak. I am a professor of Geography here at Cypress College, in our outstanding Department of Geography, where you can earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Geography. We regularly participate in professional organizations and conduct research on learning, physical geography, earth science, earth technologies - such as GIS and GPS and remote sensing, as well as human and cultural geography. I encourage you to explore our other course offerings, to learn even more about our world, and the technologies we use to record and display our home.
MY PERSONAL INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
My own experience includes living and working in Japan, Brazil, and even the United States of America. I have studied and traveled to China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in Asia. I have studied and used Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages. I have studied and traveled to Mexico, Canada, Central America, the Carribbean and South America. I have studied and used Portuguese and Spanish languages. In addition, I have traveled considerably through most of europe, including central and eastern europe, and have studied and used the German language. I have lived in many parts of the United States, and traveled to every state in our union. In the process, I have acquired at least some knowledge of the English language.
MY RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
My research includes extensive research on learning, including writing and being awarded a two year National Science Foundation grant, Department of Education grant, Department of Transportation grant, and many others. Each of these has included the learning process and use of technologies to facilitate learning.
I have done a considerable amount of research and field work in desert, mountain, ocean, and cultural environments. I love getting out there to see and study and experience this great world. This world is the greatest adventure you can imagine.
My professional memberships have included the American Association of Geographers, the Royal Geographic Society, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, the California Geographic Society, and the California Geographic Information Association. I have written and published a number of research articles, as well as made presentations at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and organizations.
I love to get to know people and places, and I look forward to getting to know you and learning from you, as well.