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September 23, 2009

Monmonier gives third annual Borchert Lecture

MarkMonmonier_2008_rx.JPGAs part of GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week activities on the UMN Twin Cities campus, Dr. Mark Monmonier gave the third annual Borchert Lecture on Friday, November 20th. This lecture honors the late John Borchert, University of Minnesota Regents Professor in Geography and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science. Dr. Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University and recent recipient of the German Cartographic Society's Mercator Medal, lectured on, "Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control," in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center, West Bank campus.

September 17, 2009

Craig inducted into URISA's GIS Hall of Fame

Will Craig, Associate Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and MGIS Faculty Member, has been inducted into URISA's GIS Hall of Fame. The GIS Hall of Fame was established by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. For more information on Dr. Craig's impressive achievements, visit http://urisa.org/hall/craig.

ESRI's Cummens joins MGIS Advisory Board

Portrait: Pat Cummens. Pat Cummens has been appointed to the MGIS Advisory Board. Ms. Cummens has been working in the GIS field since 1983 with experience in both the public sector and private sector. In 1998 she joined ESRI, where she works to increase awareness of GIS benefits to government executives and provides senior-level management and guidance to state and federal government projects. Prior to joining ESRI she spent 14 years in state service, with the states of New Jersey and Minnesota. She served the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 11 years as the GIS manager after launching her GIS career at the Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC). She has been active in several GIS professional organizations and committees including the Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology, the National Governors' Association (NGA) Corporate Fellows Program and Information Technology Task Force, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). She earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in 1983 from the University of Minnesota.

Knight appointed to MGIS Graduate Faculty

Knight_SWAC.jpgDr. Joe Knight, Assistant Professor of Forest Resources, was recently appointed to the MGIS graduate faculty. He specializes in the application of geospatial information technologies such as remote sensing, image processing, geographic information systems (GIS), and the global positioning system (GPS). For more information on Dr. Knight, visit his web page.