University Consortium for
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Researcher of the Year Awards
Presented at Summer Assembly 2002
by Lyna Wiggins and John Wilson
Michael F. Goodchild was the recipient of the 2002 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Educator of the Year Award. Reginald Golledge was the recipient of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) 2002 Research Award.
Mike Goodchild is a great educator who has impeccable credentials and who has done a great deal to foster and maintain a high standard of excellence in GIScience education. His extraordinary research contributions to GIScience were recently recognized by his election to the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Goodchild?s contributions to education have also been outstanding. Mike (with Karen Kemp) created the first model curriculum for GIS in the early 1990s. His recent textbook, Geographic Information: Systems and Science, with Paul Longley, David Maguire, and David Rhine (Wiley 2001) will be the standard in GIS for years to come. His publication list is extremely long in this area, but perhaps of most importance is the edited volumes he has helped prepare in the field of GIScience, the well known two volume set Geographical Information Systems. As a consultant to many academic and government organizations, he has promoted GIScience education. For example, he has been a member of the scientific committee of COSIT, and the Commission on Physical Science, Mathematics, and Applications of the National Research Council.
In addition, he has overseen the work of many doctoral students who have distinguished themselves in the field of GIScience. He is Director of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS), an organization whose goals are to disseminate by teaching, workshop, institute, and colloquium, the fruits of GIScience research to the social sciences. As Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), he has created and participated in many conferences that have emphasized teaching and learning GIScience. As Director of the Varenius Project and as Associate Director of the Alexandria Digital Library, he has promoted the better understanding and usefulness of GIScience. Currently, he is the editor for the Methods, Models and GIScience section of the geographer?s flagship journal, Annals of the Association of American Geographers and on the editorial boards of a number of journals, such as the Journal of Geographical Systems, that strive to support high levels of scholarship in GIScience.
Reg Golledge was nominated for the Presidential Address that he delivered at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. This address was published earlier this year in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. The paper represents a lifetime of truly excellent and innovative work. Additionally, several of his contributions in 2001 focused on GIS technology and its application to behavioral problems, and products from his "Haptic Soundscapes Project" are described and demonstrated at http://forest.geog.ucsb.edu/sound_touch/index.asp .
Dr. Golledge has had a remarkable career and he has been a leading contributor on a variety of geographic topics for nearly four decades. His contributions span urban and regional modeling, transportation, migration, economic, methodology and statistical analyses, cognitive mapping and spatial learning, spatial choice and behavior, cartography and visualization, multimedia communication, and geographic education. He has received many grants and served on numerous grant funding and research policy committees during this career. His important contributions include linking geography and other social science disciplines to geographic information science.
University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of the founding members of UCGIS. UCGIS members include research universities and laboratories, international university, private corporations and federal government affiliates