GIS News 2011-12

Xu Receives Junior Faculty Award to UCGIS

May 29, 2012

Zengwang Xu, Assistant Professor of Geography, received an Esri junior faculty travel award to the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science 2012 Symposium, Building GIScience 2.0, in Washington, D.C. May 29 – June 1, 2012. He will present, “A social-spatial network study on academic networking in the AAG annual conferences, 2005-2012.”

Huxhold Awarded 2012 UCGIS Education Award

May 22, 2012
Original story by Laura L. Hunt, UW-Milwaukee Communications & Media Relations

William E. Huxhold, professor of urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), will be awarded the 2012 Education Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) at its upcoming annual symposium to be held in Washington DC, May 30th to June 1st, 2012. The award recognizes Huxhold’s professional contributions of both national and international significance to GIS education.

A pioneer in the development of municipal applications, Huxhold helped develop the nation’s first computer graphics-based geographic information system for the City of Milwaukee.

He joined the UWM faculty full time in 1991, and developed one of the first university GIS programs. His book, “An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems,” published by Oxford University Press in 1991, was the first textbook that focused specifically on the adoption and use of GIS for city management and governance.

Huxhold’s involvement in urban GIS education has helped thousands of GIS and planning students gain employment in city and county governments across the United States.

During his career, he has served the geospatial community, including terms as president of both the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and UCGIS, and on the board of the GIS Certification Institute, which he helped to establish. Last year, URISA inducted Huxhold into its GIS Hall of Fame.

Closer to home, he has worked tirelessly to foster GIS education in the Milwaukee Public Schools, to spread the use of GIS across the UWM campus, and to coordinate professional and university GIS activities in Wisconsin.

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.

Established in 1995, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a nonprofit association of over 70 universities with multidisciplinary graduate education and research activities in geographic information science. UCGIS is a professional hub for the GIS research and education community and serves as a national voice to advocate for its members’ interests.

Welcoming Dr. Xu

September 6, 2011

xuThe GIS Council welcomes new Geography faculty member, Zengwang Xu. Dr. Xu received his PhD in Geography from Texas A&M University and has a research interest in GIS. Dr. Xu's research integrates GIS, complex networks/systems science, and spatial and statistical analyses to study the structures, functions, patterns, and evolution of geospatial networks/systems, e.g., complex urban systems, transportation networks, and social contact networks. His primary interests are to investigate the relation between persistent system level patterns and individual based processes, and the effects of spatiality on the structure and functions and the evolving connectivity on dynamics occurring on complex spatial networks/systems. Dr. Xu's ongoing research addresses spatial and temporal network analytics on human social contact networks by investigating epidemic diffusion and online social networks.

Welcome, Dr. Xu!

Kasprzak and Winston Featured in SEWISC Newsletter and WUWM Interview

September 1, 2011
Original Story

sewiscSoutheastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium’s 2011 interns, Alex Kasprzak (left) and Dave Winston (right) worked with Jill Hapner, SEWISC board president and UWM Alum, to develop a GIS database and enter this year’s roadside survey data. Throughout their internship Dave and Alex performed a variety of tasks. Here they are working to control invasive oriental bittersweet in the Field Station Beech Maple Woods SNA.

You can follow this link to hear coverage of the story broadcast Monday August 29th on WUWM 89.7 FM:

Alum Ramasubramanian UCGIS President-Elect

September 1, 2011
Full Press Release

RamasubramanianUWM Alum Laxmi Ramasubramanian, PhD, AICP, Associate Professor of Planning and Design at Hunter College of the City University of New York, was chosen recently to become the new President-Elect of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). Dr. Ramasubramanian, an architect and urban planner, has been active in UCGIS for over a decade in different capacities, most recently, as an elected member of the board of directors.

After completing her undergraduate architectural education in India, Dr. Ramasubramanian moved to the United States where she received her Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her PhD research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee examined how digital technologies influence the work of community-based organizations. She has previously held research and teaching appointments at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as postdoctoral fellowships in Australia (University of New England) and New Zealand (University of Auckland).

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Huxhold Inducted into the GIS Hall of Fame

Original story

August 31, 2011

HuxholdWilliam-2010Bill Huxhold (Hux) is a triple threat in GIS. He has been an innovative leader in government, academia, and the GIS profession. Few others have shown this versatility and certainly not at his high level of achievement.

He led the City of Milwaukee’s effort to establish one of the nation’s first GIS as Project Director of the City’s Policy Development Information System (1975-87). His genius was writing specifications that required an interface between the City’s operational databases with computer-aided mapping software to create a GIS. Other cities had computer-aided mapping, but no direct connection to their operational data. He believed in a pyramid of good decisions based on data from the operations of local government. He argued that good management decisions are based on a synthesis of operational data and good policy decisions are based on a synthesis of management data; GIS is critical at each level in the three-layered pyramid. Milwaukee received an Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) award for Huxhold’s Municipal Automated Geographic Information System in 1981, the first year that award was given. His early work was copied by cities across the nation and the concepts continue to be respected and copied.

Huxhold published his popular An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems in 1991, one of the first GIS textbooks and the best one for urban GIS. It was his first step into academia and he joined the faculty of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee that same year. Other books followed including Managing Geographic Information Systems Projects (1995 with Allan Levinson) and ArcGIS and the Digital City (2002 with Fowler and Parr). His leadership was key in extracting from a divided committee in Chicago the nine principles for success in GIS Guidelines for Assessors (URISA and IAAO 1992) that educate and illuminate still. His research has produced dozens of articles and book chapters. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses while administering the GIS Certificate program that he created in 1991. He chairs the GIS Council that steers the campus-wide education, research, and service efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also chairs the Urban Planning department.

Huxhold’s contributions to the GIS profession have been outstanding, too. He has served as president of two professional organizations: URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 1984-85) and UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 2000). He developed model job classifications that informed URISA’s 1st Salary Survey and helped give coherence to the field. Most notably, he led the effort to certify GIS professionals, now institutionalized as the GIS Certification Institute, now certifying nearly 5,000 GIS Professionals across 50 states and 25 countries. He argued that this was the missing piece in making GIS a recognized profession; we had the specialized training, common language, and even culture and lore, but lacked licensing or certification. The GIS Certification Institute is supported by the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).

Baruth retires from American Geographical Society Library (AGSL)

Original story By Jim Lacy

July 18, 2011

Baruth_Full_StoryChristopher Baruth has retired as Curator of the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Libraries, where he worked for 31 years. He started at AGSL in 1980 as Map and Imagery Librarian, becoming Interim Curator in 1995 and Curator, as well as Assistant Director of UWM Libraries, in 1998.

In his leadership role, Baruth oversaw a substantial increase of resources, including the Archives of the Association of American Geographers and the McColl Collection; the procurement of a major NEH grant for photographic preservation; the expansion of visiting fellowship programs; a comprehensive recataloging project; and the establishment of digital spatial data services. He also initiated the ongoing digitization of the collection and its placement online.

He received the Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Geography and Map Division of the Special Libraries Association in 1993, and the Honors Award from the Map and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association in 2001.

His publications include GEODEX: GEOgraphic InDEX System for Map Series (1988), a system that allowed AGSL to build one of the largest automated cartobibliographies in the world with over 350,000 entries; articles in Geographical Review, Journal of the International Map Collectors’ Society, and Care and Conservation of Manuscripts; and a chapter in The Map Library in the New Millennium.

Baruth has been active nationally and internationally in his field, serving as Executive Director of the North American Cartographic Information Society from 1990 to 2001, and as a member of the Standing Committee for Geography and Map Libraries of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions 1999-2003.

Source: UW-Milwaukee

Brannin Awarded Esri Assistanship

Congratulations to Chris Brannin, recipient of this year’s ESRI Student Assistantship. The Student Assistantship Program sponsors up to 60 students every year to attend the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego. Chris is a GIS Certificate student at UWM.

The annual ESRI International User Conference was held in San Diego July 11-15, 2011. “Each year, ESRI hosts an international conference in San Diego, California, where 12,000 software users gather to learn more about GIS technology and share their ideas and knowledge.” The assistantship includes full registration for the conference, hotel accommodations and a small stipend for meals.

All graduate and 4th year undergraduate students who use GIS software are invited to apply for future assistantships. For further details go to: