2008 - 2009 Archived News

Grad Student Cooper to attend Pacific Summer Institute

Mark CooperDoctoral candidate Mark Cooper has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to take part in the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute in Singapore. The program introduces graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting and helps students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. His research in Singapore examines how international networks of economic cooperation shape the characteristics of national climate change policies. Cooper will be hosted by Dr. Harvey Neo of the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore.

Grad Po-Yi Awarded 2009 Postgraduate Research Summer School

Doctoral candidate Po-Yi Hung has been selected as a fully-funded trainee of 2009 Postgraduate Research Summer School in Chinese Studies (PGSS). It will be held in Oslo, Norway from July 21st to 24th, 2009. The theme of the year is "China Global: Nation State and Ethnicity." Po-Yi is integrating the summer program with his broader study of post-socialist development in China.

Grads Brottem and Limburg Awarded Fullbright Scholarships

Two gradute students in Geography have been awarded Fullbright Scholarships. Established by Congress in 1946, the international exchange Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Leif BrottomLeif Brottom's project is entitled 'Farmer-herder conflict, environmental change, and institutional response in Mali.' Leif will conduct research into how semi-nomadic herders in western Mali access water and grazing resources during their annual migration. While climate change and agricultural expansion increasingly constrain herd migration patterns, a new Malian national law guarantees herders legal rights to mobility and resources access. Local communities are just beginning to interpret, negotiate, and implement this law, which could potentially have significant impacts on natural resource management. Leif will collaborate with the National Institute for Social Research and the Malian bureau of the Swiss NGO Helvetas on this project.

Chris Limburg also received the Fullbright Award for his research into Nagas in Nepal.

2008 – 2009 Geography Student Awards

The following are the recipients of the 2008 Geography Student awards:

See the slides for the Geography Student Awards (PDF).

Po-Yi Awarded Pre-dissertation Travel Grant from WAGE

Po-Yi HungGraduate Student Po-Yi Hung is the recipient of the WAGE (Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy) "Remaking the Developmental State" Pre-dissertation Grant . The grant is awarded to graduate students at UW-Madison for projects which "critically examine innovative development strategies, or which explore obstacles and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing global context."

Po-Yi will use the grant to support his summer fieldwork in China for his dissertation project focusing on the relationship between tea-trade landscape and place-making in southwest China. Read more about Po-Yi's doctoral research.

Interested in Fall 2009 Geography TA positions?

UW-Madison graduate students interested in a TA position for the Fall 2009 semester should indicate teaching preferences by completing this survey. By completing this form, graduate students are letting The Department of Geography know that they are interested in a TA position for the fall. We hope to have initial assignments completed by early May. For questions or checking on the hiring status at any point, contact Sharon Kahn

Undergraduate Symposium in Celebration of the "Year of the Riverway" – May 6th

Undergraduate SymposiumThe Department of Geography Presents an Undergraduate Symposium in Celebration of the "Year of the Riverway." The symposium will showcase projects from this Spring's Geography 565 Undergraduate Colloquium, instructed by Bill Gartner. The symposium will be held from 4:00pm – 10pm on Wednesday, May 6th in 180 Science Hall.

Download the Undergraduate Symposium flier.

Grads Weng and Liesch receive 2009-2010 Whitbeck Award

Geography Graduate Students Yen-Chu Weng and Matt Liesch are the 2009-2010 recipients of the Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Award. The award is allocated by the Department for Ph.D students in their final year in support of the dissertation write-up.

Yen-Chu WengYen-Chu studies public participation in ecological restoration. Read more about her research on Crossing the Expert-Lay Divide: Nature, Science, and Ecological Restoration or visit Yen-Chu Weng's website.

Matt LieschMatt studies the Keweenaw National Historical Park in Northern Michigan. Read more about his research on The Strengths and Limitations of Keweenaw National Historical Park as a Model for the Development of Other National Park Service Sites.

8th Annual Geography Student Symposium

Friday, April 10 – Science Hall Room 444

10:50 AM – Welcoming Address, Matthew Turner, Department Chair

Session I:

Lunch Break

Pizza and beverage provided by the Geography Department, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Session II:


refreshments graciously provided by UW Geography Club
Room 180, Science Hall
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Keynote Address

Colin Belby, Dissertator, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Impacts of Post-Settlement Hydrology and Land Use Change on Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Sedimentation and Nutrient Sequestration

Room 180, Science Hall at 3:30 PM

Grads Huffman and Coakley sweep National Geographic Student Map Contest

For the second straight year cartographers from UW-Madison's Department of Geography have swept the prestigious National Geographic Society Award in Mapping. The award is administered by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) and recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping.

Huffman's map, Rising SkylineCartography graduate student Daniel Huffman won first prize. Daniel's winning map is entitled "Rising Skyline: The Tallest Buildings in Europe, 1875-2007." It represents the location of each of the 118 buildings ranked among the thirty tallest buildings in Europe at some point between 1875 and 2007. Daniel won $900 and a National Geographic Atlas.

Download a larger version of "Rising Skyline: The Tallest Buildings in Europe, 1875-2007."

Coakley's map, Scheduled Service on Small AirlinesGIS/Cart graduate student Ben Coakley took second prize for the National Geographic Society Award in Mapping. Ben's winning map is entitled "Scheduled Service on Small Airlines in Canada, Summer 2008" and shows regularly scheduled passenger air service to remote communities in Canada. Ben won $300 for second prize and a National Geographic Atlas

Download a larger version of "Scheduled Service on Small Airlines in Canada, Summer 2008."

Congratulations for New Geography Babies

Two current geography graduate students are each celebrating the birth of a child.

Eric Daniels ReynoldsEric Daniel Reynolds was born to Crystal and Dan Reynolds on March 16, 2009 at 11:03pm. At birth Eric was 8 lbs, 13 oz and 20 inches long. According to his mom he "has about 3/4 an inch of black hair all over his head and is just as cute as can be!"

Ben CoakleyAbigail Lily Coakley was born to Crystal and Ben Coakley on March 20, 2009 at 3am. She weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Ben says that, "Everybody's healthy, happy, and a little exhausted."

SCO receives WLIA Outstanding Contribution Award

SCO staff members receive awardThe State Cartographer's Office was recently honored with a 2009 Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) Outstanding Contribution Award, given to individuals or organizations contributing to the success or advancement of land records modernization in Wisconsin. They received received the award at the WLIA 2009 Annual Conference held in Lake Delton, WI from February 18-20.

Read more about the award on the Wisconsin Mapping Bulletin

SCO and GIO Host Live Broadcast

Screenshot of SCO/GIO web broadcastOn the afternoon of Friday, March 6, staff members from the State Cartographer's Office and the State Geographic Information Office hosted a 90-minute "live" web-based broadcast. The purpose of the broadcast was to present recent activities within each office, provide updates on recent events such as the release of the proposed state budget, and receive e-mail questions from the viewing audience.

The broadcast, which ran from 1:00 – 2:30pm, could be viewed on any web-connected computer by following the broadcast link. This was the first event in a series of planned broadcasts approximately every three months over the coming year. In addition to the state budget, discussions covered digital orthophoto plans, the WI Geographic Information Coordination Council (WIGICC), state agency activities, and other current topics.

Watch and Listen to the archived broadcast by SCO and GIO.

Lisa Naughton and Travis Tennessen Teach Students the Importance and Tradition of Deer Hunting

The students of Geography 343 "People, Wildlife, and Landscape" joined members of the Badger Hunting Club for an atypical field trip on November 8, 2008. They went deer hunting and learned about the dynamics of human/wildlife interactions from Professor Lisa Naughton and Geography Graduate Student Travis Tennessen.

Read the story "Deer hunting: Club helps UW peers learn about outdoors" in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Graduate Student Daniel Huffman Takes Runner up for "Arthur Robinson Award for Best Printed Map"

Visualizing Airfare MapMasters student in Cartography/GIS Daniel Huffman was awarded second prize for the 2008 CaGIS Map Design Competition. Huffman was honored for his map entitled Visualizing Airfare, which maps one-way fares from London Heathrow on British Airways using isolines and shading to encode the data.

The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. Student awards are sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Avenza-MAPublisher, and ESRI. Entries will displayed at a number of national and international professional functions and will then become part of the permanent collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Department Alumnus Ryan Galt Awarded Eric Wolf Prize of the Political Ecology Society

UW-Madison Department of Geography Alumnus Ryan Galt has received the Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper based on dissertation research. The award is presented by the Political Ecology Society and selects papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology. Dr. Galt's paper is published in the Journal of Political Ecology and is entitled "It just goes to kill Ticos: national market regulation and the political ecology of farmers' pesticide use in Costa Rica." The paper addresses pesticide residues on vegetables in developing countries and can be viewed here: It just goes to kill Ticos.

Ryan Galt is currently Assistant Professor of Agricultural Sustainability and Society in the Department of Human and Community Development & Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California. Read more about Professor Ryan Galt.

Professor Matt Turner awarded Abo S. Sher Faculty Fellow

Matt Turner has received the Abo S. Sher Faculty Fellow award in recognition of his research accomplishments and contributions to the university. Matt is presently involved in a range of research projects. He, along with Mara Goldman (former student now at University of Colorado) and Paul Nadasdy (Anthropology) have just finished an edited volume entitled Knowing Nature, Transforming Ecologies: Science, Power, and Practice in Environmental Science and Management (to be published by University of Chicago Press) that explores the politics surrounding the production, application and circulation of environmental knowledge.

Matt is also the PI of NSF-funded research project, Poor People on Poor Land: The Changing Social Production and Consequences of Land Quality Variation in Rural Africa, conducted in two areas of East and West Africa (with Josh Ramisch, University of Ottawa) considered as endpoints in soil fertility decline but where rural populations continue to depend on crop agriculture. Due to low inherent fertility, land quality variation is strongly shaped by prior human investments into soil fertility. Building from spatially-explicit fertility assessments and histories of land use, image of local inhabitants from Matt's Researchthe role of variation in land quality (and prior investments) in affecting social transactions (sales, pledging, inheritance), distribution of wealth, and livelihood strategy is being studied.

Additionally, Matt is performing research on how rural households in Niger and Mali perceive and respond to changing climate and risk (Global Livestock CRSP with John McPeak, Syracuse University). Matt also has had a long-term interest in the institutional politics that surround resource access and management in savanna/steppe environments. He is conducting longer-term research showing how decentralization of natural resource management has led to a reworking of the relationship between government and customary authority in rural Mali. This project is partially funded by the TRANSLINKS project of the Land Tenure Center (Lisa Naughton, PI).

Graduate Student Po-Yi and Spouse Celebrate Birth of Child

proud father Po-Yi with baby The Department of Geography extends congratulations to Po-Yi Hung and wife Huai-Hsuan Chen! Their daughter Shen-Siang (Madeleine in English) was born on 11/21/2008 at 1:05pm. When she was born, she was 2715 grams and 47 cm (5.9 lbs and 18.5 inches).

Science Hall Welcomes New Assistant Director of the Cartographic Laboratory

Tanya BuckinghamTanya Buckingham joins the UW Cartography Lab after working in the cartography industry for nearly ten years at XNR Productions, a custom cartography company in Madison. She brings a wealth of professional experience, having worked on projects for all audiences, from young children just learning about geography and map-reading to passionate life-long map enthusiasts. For the past several years Tanya has focused her production expertise on regional and world atlases for National Geographic, researching, and designing maps and layouts for a wide range of topics. She loves a good design challenge and finding creative ways to represent data. Tanya says, "I am excited to transform the Lab into a space that is highly professional while training students in this craft that I love." The Cart Lab is a place that supports the university and the community, all are welcomed to stop by and learn a bit about the process of map production.

Additionally, Tanya serves the field of cartography as a board member to North American Cartographic Information Society and the US National Committee of the International Cartographic Association in the role of the National Coordinator of the Barbara Petchenik International Children's map competition.

If you are in need of cartographic services, please contact the Cartography Lab, 262-1363.

Graduate Seminar Builds New Website to Teach Undergraduates the Craft of Research

A graduate seminar in environmental history led by Professor Bill Cronon spent the Fall semester of 2008 designing and producing a website on "Learning to Do Historical Research." According to its authors, the aim of the website is to offer a basic introduction "for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the past." Its pages describe processes for working on a historical project, from the initial stages of framing reseach questions to identifying historical documents and developing convincing arguments through effective writing. The website covers a comprehensive range of topics, provides resources, and offers insight into the facinating world of doing history.

Visit the website: Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer for Environmental Historians and Others.

Learning Historical Research WebsiteAlso linked from the site is a page that chronicles how the website was created within the context of a graduate seminar. Taking a marked departure from traditional pedagogies, the course focused on teaching fundamental historical research skills through the medium of the Web. Read about "How We Built This Website".

Contributing authors to the website include: Brien Barrett (History), Liese Dart (Environment & Resources), Cathy DeShano (Journalism & Mass Communications), Genya Erling (Environment & Resource), Jesse Gant (History), Kevin Gibbons (Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development), Jacquelyn Gill (Geography), Brian Hamilton (History), Po-Yi Hung (Geography), Stephen Laubach ( Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education), Michelle Niemann (English), Trish O'Kane (Environment & Resources), Abigail Popp (Geography), Emma Schroeder (Geography), and Stillman Wagstaff (English).

Colin Belby Wins 2008 Teaching Assistant Award

Colin BelbyThe Campus-Wide TA Award Committee selected Geography Doctoral Candidate Colin Belby to receive the 2008 Teaching Assistant Award. The award is given annually and recognizes the high quality of the recipient's performance as a teaching assistant. Colin will be presented with the award in February.

Colin has been a Teaching Assistant for Geography/IES 127 "Physical Systems of the Environment" for ten semesters while here at UW-Madison, acting as head TA for six semesters. He also lectured Geography 127 for two semesters during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Colin finds being a Teaching Assistant rewarding because it allows him to interact with and guide students in a way that is sometimes lost in a large lectures. Colin says his goal as a TA is "to convey not only the material, but to provide an environment that is open to questions and discussion inside and outside of the classroom." He relates that it is always exciting to see students connect concepts learned in class to things experienced the moment they walk out their front doors, "whether it be the changing of the seasons, the soil beneath their feet, or the green water of Lake Mendota in the summer."

Congratulations Colin!

Geography Grad Student Mark Cooper Awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

Mark CooperMark Cooper, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, has received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology and Society Program for his proposal entitled, "Making Markets for Environmental Governance: Science and Politics in Climate Change Policy." His research uses the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme as a case study to investigate the interconnections between the politics of developing national climate policy, the science of measuring emissions flows, and the economic principles underlying market-based environmental policy instruments. Methods used in this project include interviews with government policy analysts and policy advisors in research institutes and non-governmental organizations as well as direct observation and interviews of scientists involved in the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. The research aims to explain how emissions trading moves from theory to reality in national climate policy and to improve understanding of the capabilities and limitations of market-based environmental policy instruments for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Wisconsin Public Radio to highlight "The Real Africa" and UW Geography Awareness Activities

Here on Earth – Radio Without Borders will air a program entitled "The Real Africa - Shining a Light on the Dark Continent" to discuss misconceptions about the continent and highlight Geography Awareness Week activities sponsored by UW-Madison's Department of Geography. Guests include Prof. Matt Turner and Geography Club President, Maggie Strassman. The show airs live at 3pm on Tuesday, December 9th 2008 (rebroadcast at 9pm).See Wisconsin Public Radio for more information on the radio show, or see our news blurb below on Geography Awareness Week

Listen to The Real Africa on WPR

Department of Geography Welcomes Director of Graduate Program

The Department of Geography is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Director of Graduate Program. Sharon Kahn will now play this key role within the department. The Director of Graduate Program has significant responsibilities in policy development and oversight with respect to our graduate studies program and will direct graduate recruitment, advising, and program administration.

Sharon KahnSharon grew up in Gary, Indiana. She went to college in Minnesota (Carleton) and continued with graduate school in North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Kansas (KU), majoring in geology. When nearly done with her Ph.D., she moved to Louisville, KY, where she taught high school math and chemistry for two interminable years before moving to Madison in 1998. She secured a job on campus shortly after and worked on the UW-Madison campus since then. Her positions on campus have varied, ranging from timetable and advising work as a Student Services Coordinator at the School of Pharmacy to responsibility for technology in the Undergraduate Admissions office to her most recent position, managing the academic side of the Zoology Department. After six years at Zoology, she decided it was time to learn something new and find some new challenges. Sharon says, "I'm delighted to join the staff of the Geography Department as the new Graduate Program Director. I look forward to getting to know everyone here and learning a bit about geography on the way."

UW-Madison Students Bring Geography Awareness to Local Schools

MADISON, WI, November 15, 2008: In celebration of Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22, 2008), geography and education students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have teamed up to teach geography lessons to K-5 classes in the Madison area. Throughout the week, UW students from the Geography Club and Elementary Education Club will visit local elementary schools to hold interactive learning activities around the topic of Africa.

"We are excited to bring our enthusiasm about geography to kids and expand their knowledge about the world," said UW Geography Cub president, Maggie Strassman.

"We chose to teach about Africa because studies show that Africa is the continent kids know the least about," said elementary education student, Jessica Flanagan. "Many kids think that Africa is one large country, and have no concept of the number and diversity of nations, cultures, and languages that exist there."

Prof. Matt Turner, Chair of the UW-Madison Geography Department, was pleased that the students chose Africa as their topic saying, "Africa is arguably the most culturally and ecologically diverse continent in the world. Global education about this diversity is critical to the future of Africans and their landscapes."

"In popular media Africa is too often portrayed as a continent of despair or conflict. Thanks to the UW's vibrant geography club, Madison school children will have a chance to learn a more vibrant and hopeful picture of Africa," added Lisa Naughton, geography professor and Club advisor.

Participating elementary schools include Northside, West Middleton, Randall and Emerson.

Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is held the third week of each November, to promote the importance of geography education in the United States. It is nationally sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The Legacy Continues: Mt. Rainer Map Wins Interactive Map Award at NACIS

Students of Professor Mark Harrower have a proclivity for winning map awards. The latest honor goes to GIS Certificate Students Sarah Bell Ferrare, Bert Spaan, Adam Hill, Andreas Stueve for their Mount Rainier Climbing Incidents Map. This map won First Prize for Interactive Map at the annual North American Cartographic and Information Society meeting. It was made under the guidance of TA Zach Johnson for the Spring 2008 575 Course, "Animated and Web Based Mapping." The purpose of the map is to educate future mountaineers of Mount Rainier and those pursuing recreation in the high country.

Mt. Rainier Interactive MapThe map offers an intuitive and attractive interface for exploring climbing accidents and fatalities on Mount Rainier, located in the Cascade Range of Washington. It was built in Flash using ActionScript 3.0 and is supported by PHP and a SQL database. It utilizes advanced tiling techniques for zooming the modified basemap. A powerful search tool allows the user to filter incidents by date, age and gender of climber, and the accident type. The cartographers note that the map was designed to be "portable and easily extendible. Creating similar maps for other national parks or mountains can be done with little effort, if the appropriate data is available."

The development of the map was further inspired by Sarah's experiences living with the climbing rangers at Mt. Rainier during summer of 2008. There she heard many touching and sobering conversations with the Search and Rescue personnel regarding many of the incidents that are now cataloged within the interactive map. The team continued to refine the map throughout the summer, facilitated through telecommunication with Bert Spaan, who at the time was residing in the Netherlands.

The map was made possible with generous support from Mount Rainier National Park and Mike Gauthier, Supervisory Climbing Ranger.

Please visit and explore the Mount Rainier Climbing Incidents Map.

Williams awarded Phillip R. Certain College of Letters & Science Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award

Jack Williams was awarded the Phillip R. Certain College of Letters & Science Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award. This honor is given to one newly-tenured faculty member each year. Four candidates from across the College of Letters & Science are nominated by divisional deans, and the award is bestowed by the Letters & Science Dean Gary Sandefur. The award was presented to Williams at a celebration dinner for just-tenured faculty where Department of Geography Chair Matt Turner spoke highly of recently tenured Jack Williams and Mark Harrower. The honor is especially meaningful given the highly accomplished pool of candidates represented by the faculty of the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

AAG Funding Support Application Deadline: November 20th

Department Graduate Students – If you are planning to attend this year's AAG and need departmental support (from the Graduate Studies Committee), you need to apply for it. The deadline for application is one week after the AAG abstract submission deadline which is currently set to October 16, 2008 has been extended to November 13. So our deadline will be October 23, 2008 November 20, 2008.

See more information about student awards and deadlines.

Travel Support for Other Conferences

The graduate studies committee will extend travel support to other conferences in addition to the AAG meetings. These conferences must be the major conferences in graduate student subfields.

To apply, please send requests (include the full name of the conference) to the Graduate Coordinator, Crystal, by the deadline for conference travel posted on the web (currently November 20th) regardless of when the conference is held, provided it is held in this Academic year (September 2008 through August 2009).

We will determine the allotment each will get and let you this number after the deadline.

Jamie Stoltenberg Helps UW Foundation Put Wisconsin Idea Into Practice

"As visitor after visitor to the Arthur H. Robinson Map Library came to use a 70-year-old collection of historic photos of the Wisconsin landscape, Jaime Stoltenberg realized that something needed to be done." Read the full story from The Wisconsin Idea.

Professor Williams Awarded Bryson Professorship

Jack WilliamsJack Williams is the Bryson Distinguished Professor of Climate, People, and Environment. Professor Williams joined the UW-Madison Geography Department in August, 2004 and gained tenure promotion to Associate Professor in May, 2008. His research on the ecological responses to climate change reaches a broad, international audience and has substantially influenced the urgent and on-going debates about how best to conserve biological diversity in the face of current warming trends. Professor Williams is an enthusiastic researcher and educator who inspires his students to make significant contributions to the field.

The Bryson Professorship is designed to attract interdisciplinary investigations into the intersections between climate change, human societies, and the natural world. The Bryson Professor carries out research, teaching, and public service in the socially relevant environmental and climate sciences in the spirit of the integrative approach pioneered by Reid A. Bryson. Professor Williams is the third professor to hold the Bryson Professorship.

The Bryson Distinguished Professor holds a joint appointment in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) and in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) and an appointment in the Center for Climatic Research (CCR) (other relevant departments may serve as the joint appointment home). The Bryson Professor is selected by the CPEP Board and holds the position up to five years (although a limited number of annual extensions are possible in appropriate circumstances).

For more information, please see:

Department of Geography 2008 Fall Picnic

The Department of Geography Fall Picnic will be held Friday, September 19th at Hoyt Park following the Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture. The entrance to the park is on Regent Street just west of Larkin St. This is a great opportunity to catch up with the geography community. Friends, partners, children, and domesticated animals are welcome! We will begin a kickball game started around 6pm.

Follow this link for a map to Hoyt Park From Science Hall.

State Cartographer Ted Koch Awarded NSGIC Lifetime Service Award

Ted Koch State Cartographer Ted Koch was honored with a Lifetime Service Award at the 2008 National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) annual conference in Keystone, Colorado on September 9th. The award honors Ted for his 17 years of service to NSGIC and for a combined service of nearly 35 years to the citizens of Wisconsin and New York. Bestowed only twice before in NSGIC's history, the Lifetime Service Award is one of the organization's most prestigious awards.

Read more about Koch's Award at SCO's Wisconsin Mapping Bulletin.

Harrower Wins Henry Johns Award for 2008 from the British Cartographic Society

Mark Harrower Associate Professor of Geography Mark Harrower has won the Henry Johns Award for 2008 from the British Cartographic Society. This award is voted on by the members of the Society and recognizes what they consider the best paper published in the past year by The Cartographic Journal. Harrower won the award for his paper "Unclassed Animated Choropleth Maps," published in the December 2007 issue.

This is the second time Harrower has won the Henry Johns Award. The first time was as a graduate student with Cindy Brewer of Penn State for their paper "ColorBrewer: An online tool for selecting color schemes for maps."

Professor Zhu Awarded Vilas Associateship Award

Axing ZhuProfessor A-Xing Zhu has been awarded a Vilas Associateship for 2008-2010 by the University of Wisconsin Graduate School. The award provides two years of support for Professor Zhu's work on his project "Development of a New Metrics for Digital Soil Mapping". The objective of this research is to develop a new metrics for quantifying the spatial co-variation between information from high temporal resolution (such as daily) remote sensing data and soil characteristics. This new metrics can then be used to improve the accuracy of digital soil mapping over areas with low relief which accounts for majority of agricultural lands. The specific objectives of this research are: 1) to identify from high temporal resolution remote sensing data the information which co-vary with soil characteristics over space; 2) to develop techniques for measuring (quantifying) this co-varying information from high temporal resolution remote sensing data so that it can be used in digital soil mapping.