Faculty Profile for Dr. Yongmei Lu

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Dr. Yongmei Lu
Professor — College of Liberal Arts
Professor — Dept of Geography & Environmntl Studies
ELA 361
phone: (512) 245-1337

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Yongmei Lu is a Professor of Geography and the Associate Dean of Research at the College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. Dr. Lu served as the Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies during August 2018 - December 2023. Dr. Lu received her PhD degree from University at Buffalo - The State University of New York in 2001. Both of her bachelor's degree and master's degree are from Peking University. Dr. Lu's research interests include GIScience and the application of geospatial methods to examine urban development issues, including urban gentrification, food security, environmental exposure and health, and crime. Dr. Lu has published extensively, including ~90 peer-reviewed papers, edited book volumes, and special journal issues. Dr. Lu's research has been supported by federal, state, and local funding agencies.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Ansah, H. A., Lu, Y., & Choi, Y. (2024). Recognizing Texas women in time and space: A Qualitative GIS inquiry into historical markers. Geographical Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/00167428.20
  • Lu, Y., Ekeanyanwu, C. V., & Blanchard-Boehm, D. (2024). Untangling the myth of flood risk and mitigation in affluent inland urban neighborhood – A case study of the Onion Creek Neighborhood in Austin, Texas. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101, 104237-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.104237
  • Guo, C., Ge, E., Lee, S., Lu, Y., ......, & Zhang, K. (2023). Impact of heat on emergency hospital admission in Texas: geographic and racial/ethnic disparities. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 2023, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41370-023-00590-6
  • Iyanda, A., Adeleke, R., Boakye, K., Temitope, A., & Lu, Y. (2022). Underage Tobacco Sales Violations and Neighborhood Crime Arrest in Philadelphia: A Multiscle GIS-based Analysis. GeoJournal, 87(6), 4455–4474. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1007/s10708-021-10507-1
  • Jin, H. H., & Lu, Y. (2022). Multi-model Huff-based 2SFCA: Examining Geographical Accessibility of Food Outlets in Austin, Texas. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 11, 579-. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11110579

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Texas State University. August 1, 2014 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Leading Delegate of Texas State University to the University Consortium of Geographic Information Sciences, University Consortium of Geographic Information Science. 2003 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Leadership Award, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Leadership Award, Department of Geography. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association. 2020

Selected Grants

  • Iyanda, Ayodeji Emmanuel (Principal), Lu, Yongmei (Co-Principal), Carrillo, Genny (Co-Principal), Chang, Chiung-Fang (Co-Principal), Han, Daikwon (Co-Principal), Huang, Xiao (Co-Principal), Jones, Christopher (Co-Principal), Lu, Tianjun (Co-Principal), Washington, Joyee (Co-Principal), Ye, Xinyue (Co-Principal). Community-driven Geospatial Approach to Improving Public Health Data Systems in Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - Gulf Research Program and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Federal, $1488160. (Submitted: June 2023, Funded: October 2023 - August 2025). Grant.
  • Howard, Krista J (Principal), Ceballos, Natalie A (Supporting), Grimes, Thomas (Supporting), Dailey, Stephanie Layne (Supporting), Lu, Yongmei (Supporting), Lee, Hsun Ming (Supporting), Sharma, Shobhit (Supporting), Lawrence, Grayson B (Other). Does Social Media Make Us Sick? A Pilot Study on the Effects of Social Media on Physiological Reactivity and Mental Health, MIRG, Texas State University, $23784. (Funded: July 2018 - February 2020). Grant.
  • Lu, Yongmei (Principal). Coordinating between Beijing and its Surrounding Areas for the Development of National Main Functional Regions, Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, $80000. (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Lu, Yongmei (Principal). Spatial Pattern and Socio-economic Analysis of Juvenile Offense and Offenders’ Travel Behavior in Dallas and Surrounding Counties: One of the two components for the Risk Assessment Instrument Pilot Project, Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, $8500. (Funded: 2005). Grant.
  • Lu, Yongmei (Principal). Urbanization in Socialist China: A planning process or a marketing process?, Texas State University Library Research Grants, $1300. (Funded: 2004). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Associate Dean
College of Liberal Arts
August 2023-Present
Honors Committee of the American Association of Geographers
February 2023-Present
Board of Directors, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
July 1, 2022-Present
Internatonal Board, Graduate School of Creative Approaches for Public Spaces, University of Rennes 2, France
September 2020-Present
Board of Directors, Race, Ethnicity and People Conference