Dr. Amy Rock named as next Executive Director for UCGIS!

Dr. Amy Rock headshotThe University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is pleased to announce Dr. Amy Rock as its next Executive Director. Rock has worked as a GIS professional for over 20 years, currently as Lecturer in the Department of Geography as well as Director of the Online Geospatial Certificate Program at Cal Poly Humboldt, a California State University campus, where she teaches a wide range of GIS and cartography courses. Rock serves on the Board of the California State University GIS Specialty Center, which coordinates Geographic Information Science teaching and research activities on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, and has extensive experience in academic, industry, and non-profit organization leadership roles, bringing a unique combination of valuable skills to UCGIS. Rock holds an MA in Geography from Ohio University and a PhD from Kent State University, and is a certified GIS Professional. 

 “Amy’s extensive experience in Geographic Information Science higher education and non-profit outreach and management make her an ideal fit for UCGIS Executive Director. The Board of Directors is looking forward to working closely with Amy to maintain and grow UCGIS’s role as the professional hub for the academic GIS community in the US,” says UCGIS President Jane Read, of Syracuse University.   

As Executive Director, Rock will work closely with the Board and committees to ensure the organization continues with its signature programs and initiatives, such as its annual Symposium, GIS&T Body of Knowledge project, and ongoing research, education, and policy initiatives, as well as develop new strategic initiatives and partnerships with our member institutions and other academic, industry, and government organizations.  

Rock began her position with UCGIS on May 1, 2022, and will succeed Mr. Aaron Addison as sole Executive Director on July 1, 2022.  


2022 UCGIS Symposium held June 7-9 | Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

The 2022 UCGIS Symposium was held June 7-9th on the beautiful campus of Syracuse University!  Results of the Student Lightning Talks and Student Poster Competitions can be found on the Student Awards page.

UCGIS also is honored to present awards to members of our geospatial community who have extraordinary records of accomplishments, including service to the mission of UCGIS.  The 2022 awardees are listed below.  More information about the UCGIS awards program can be found on the awards page.

2022 Award Recipients

Research Award

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Alan MacEachren

Early/Mid-Career Research Award

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Song Gao

Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award

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Libby Wentz


GIS&T Body of Knowledge

The Geographic Information Science & Technologies Body of Knowledge (BoK) is onlineNew topics are added regularly, and original ones are being revised and expanded. The Editorial Team is always looking for authors and reviewers. Contribute to this global effort for an open, current, and vibrant collection of knowledge for our discipline.  You can find a color-coded 2-page overview of all topics here (last updated September 2022)

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TRELIS 2022 Held in New York

In June 2022, the TRELIS project, Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences, held its fourth workshop at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The TRELIS Fellows participated in a workshop designed to target topics and concerns of early-career individuals and focus on envisioning and crafting leadership pathways. This year, on the final day of the workshop, an All TRELIS event included members from the 2018, 2019, and 2020-21 cohorts. Afterwards, the TRELIS Fellows continued their professional development exchanges during the UCGIS Symposium at Syracuse University.  

TRELIS is managed by a leadership team from the University of Maine, San José State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, Tableau Software, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). It is supported with generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant #1660400). For more information, contact Kate Beard, TRELIS PI, at the University of Maine or look for resources at www.ucgis.org/TRELIS.