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September 19, 2011

David DiBiase delivers 5th Annual Borchert Lecture

Thumbnail image for David DiBiase.jpgDavid DiBiase, Director of Education at ESRI, gave the fifth annual Borchert Lecture, which honors the late John Borchert, University of Minnesota Regents Professor in Geography and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science. His lecture titled Ways Forward for GIS&T Education was inspired by a forthcoming book, Teaching GIS&T, co-edited with David Unwin, Kenneth Foote, and Nicholas Tate. David DiBiase leads the Education Team within Esri's Industry Solutions group. The Team promotes and supports GIS use to enrich teaching and learning in formal and informal settings, domestically and internationally. Before joining Esri, David founded and led the Penn State Online GIS Certificate and Masters degree programs. He served as lead editor of the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model and UCGIS's GIS&T Body of Knowledge. From 1998-2003, as a member of URISA's Certification Committee, David helped design the criteria by which the GIS Certification Institute has awarded its "GIS Professional" credential to nearly 5,000 practitioners. He served as GISCI president from 2010-11.

September 14, 2011

Harvey, Manson, Bauer, Shekhar and others Secure University-wide I-3 Award

Francis Harvey along with co-investigators Marvin Bauer (Forest Resources), Jonathan Foley (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior), Steve Manson (Geography), Steve Ruggles (MN Population Center/History) and Shashi Shekhar (Computer Science) have been awarded a $2.5 million Infrastructure Investment Initiative (I-3) award for their U-Spatial Initiative over the 2012-2017 period. Visit the U-Spatial web site to learn more about this campus-wide initiative in spatial science.