UCGIS Welcomes new Executive Director Aaron Addison

On July 1, 2021, Aaron Addison took over the helm of UCGIS as its new Executive Director. He joins UCGIS with decades of experience with geospatial technologies, data management, teaching & learning, and organizational management in higher educational contexts.  We asked him to share his thoughts after his first couple of months on the job. 

UCGIS: What drew you most to the idea of working with us?    

AA: Having served as a past delegate and committee chair, I already knew that UCGIS was an amazing organization, so the decision was not difficult.  Many of my values around geospatial policy, education and training are in full alignment with UCGIS, so that certainly helped. 

More broadly I enjoy working with the geospatial community and learning what UCGIS members have been working on and how the organization can provide value to its members.  UCGIS is a fantastic platform for our community and one that has had excellent leadership.  My hope is that I can continue that servant leadership model and see UCGIS continue to not only grow, but be relevant in the ever expanding domains of geospatial research, education, and policy.

Read more in our blog posting! 

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2021 Symposium Student award winners

2021 Lightning Talk Awards

  • 1st Place:  Mehak Sachdeva, Arizona State University: Why Scale Matters: Simpson’s Paradox, MAUP and Local Modeling
  • 2nd Place: Shannon Ricci, North Carolina State University: Assessment of visitation trends at North Carolina artificial reefs using high-resolution satellite imagery
  • Honorable Mention: Jenna Epstein and Jeff Stern, University of Pennsylvania: Predicting Wildfires and Preparing Communities in Southern California

2021 Paper Awards

  • 1st Place: Yue Lin, The Ohio State University: Identifying High Accuracy Regions in Traffic Camera Images to Enhance Density Estimation
  • 2nd Place: Adam Gallaher, University of Connecticut: Estimating Second-Generation Biofuel Feedstock Production on Marginal Lands in Connecticut
  • Honorable Mention: Jinwoo Park, Texas A&M University: Measuring Accessibility to ICU Beds under the Uncertainty of Supply and Mobility

2021 Poster Awards

  • 1st Place: Penelope Mitchell, University of Alabama: Geographic Disparities in Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder across US census Tracts based on Treatment Utilization Behavior
  • 2nd Place: Fikriyah Winata, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “My space and time are dictated by my jobs”: Space-Time Constraints for Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong