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  • ASPRS Launches Lidar Certification

    Bethesda, Md., August 17, 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) certification program announces the launch of a Professional and Technologist LIDAR Certification, the Certified Mapping Scientists, Lidar (CMS, Lidar) and the Certified Lidar Technologist (CLT).

    The Certified Mapping Scientist, Lidar certification is described as: A professional involved in lidar systems design and/or systems application of data acquisition and computer programs that allow for the utilization of spatially referenced lidar point clouds for solving user needs and analysis requirements. Responsibilities of the applicant should include management and supervision leading to the integration of data needs and the development of correspondence among, and the utilization of, various spatial systems of often-different generic origins that are used to solve requirements.

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    UAS Industry Leaders Participating in UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO

    Uasreno 2015 logo1 300x64 220x47The second annual UAS technical symposium sponsored the ASPRS announces the industry leaders in the UAS commercial industry who are confirmed for UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO!  The program uniquely includes test course flights, data processing workshops, live demonstration, and a strong technical program focused on “best practice” for collection and processing of data from UAS.

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    SAVE the DATE for the ASPRS 2016 Annual Conference

    The ASPRS 2016 Annual Conference, IGTF 2016, is just around the corner, so mark your calendars now and Save the Dates of April 11 – 15, 2016 for IGTF 2016! Beginning on Monday, April 11th and continuing through the week with sessions, keynote speakers, networking receptions, the co-located JACIE Workshop and much more until Friday, April 15, 2016; the conference week is sure to provide many educational, informational, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

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    UAS Mapping 2015 Reno: CALL FOR POSTERS

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    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has released a call for posters for the fast-approaching UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO symposium which will be held at the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno, Nevada on September 29-30. The symposium is focused on education and collaboration on UAS technology and its application to the survey, mapping and remote sensing field. Industry experts from the private sector, academia and the government will present practical information on flight planning, mission control, acquisition and data processing for data analysis and production of mapping products.

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    Symposium Program Announced for UAS MAPPING 2015 Reno

    Uasreno 2015 logo1 300x64The symposium program is announced for the second annual technical UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  The dates of the conference are September 29 & 30, 2015 at the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno, Nevada.  In addition to the technical symposium, ASPRS is also sponsoring a workshop on UAS Data Processing on Monday, September 28, 2015.

    The symposium is focused on UAS mapping and this year’s program is organized to provide the latest information on UAS technology and software development as well as looking at ancillary issues that impact the UAS mapping industry.

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    ASPRS Elects Rebecca Morton as Vice President

    Morton VPThe results of the 2015 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and finalized that, Rebecca Morton, GeoWing Mapping, Inc., won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2015. With the installation of officers at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in May, E. Lynn Usery moves into the position of President; Charles Toth becomes President-Elect, and Stewart Walker becomes Past President.

    Rebecca Morton is President and CEO of GeoWing Mapping, Inc. (GeoWing), based in San Francisco, California. She founded the company in January of 2015 with the goal of offering both traditional photogram-metric mapping services as well as services related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Her interest in UAS photogrammetry began several years before she started her company. She was impressed by the accessi-bility of the new technology and for the first time, she could consider integrating and flying her own mapping cameras!

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    ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Awards and Region Award Winners

    BETHESDA, Md., June 2, 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) proudly announces the 2015 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award to Tom Barclay for the development of the Microsoft TerraServer. Stewart Walker, immediate Past President, presented Barclay with a silver plaque and a monetary grant at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, along with a number of other Service, Conference Management and Membership awards.

    OTAAwardBarclay is currently partner architect and development manager of Bing Imagery Technologies and the Bing Search team at Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft Corporation since 1994 and was the lead researcher on Microsoft TerraServer.  Prior to his career at Microsoft, Barclay was a software consultant with Digital Equipment Corporation from 1976 to 1994.  Barclay is interested in database design, scientific computing, and data mining.

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    ASPRS Announces 2015 Award Winners

    BETHESDA, Md., May 2, 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the ASPRS Foundation proudly announce J. B. Sharma as the recipient of the Leidos/Estes Memorial Teaching Award and Professor George Vosselman as the recipient of the Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award. These and other awards were presented at  the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference and co-located JACIE Workshop in Tampa, Florida, May 4 through 8, 2015. 

    J.B.sharma Sharma Winner of Leidos/ Estes Memorial Teaching Award

    This year’s recipient of the Leidos/ Estes Memorial Teaching Award is J.B. Sharma. Sharma is a faculty member at the University of North Georgia (UNG), and is the Assistant Head of the Department of Physics.

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    Registration is Now Open for UAS Mapping 2015 Reno

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    Bethesda, Md., May 28, 2015 – The second annual technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is approaching (September 29-30)! The current fee for ASPRS members to attend the event is only $350. The current fee for non-ASPRS members to attend the event is only $400.  Student rates are available. Exhibitors are provided an exhibit booth and benefits which include two complimentary registrations for only $650. All rates will increase on August 15, 2015, so register now!

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    Beginning Slate of Flyers Announced for ASPRS UAS Mapping 2015 Reno Symposium

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    BETHESDA, Md., April 10, 2015 – UAS flyers are signing up to participate in the 2nd Annual UAS MAPPING Test Flights. Ten firms have already expressed their interest in putting their systems through the paces and many more firms are expected to join in! Flights will occur at the beautiful Turf Farm outside of Reno which hosted the test flights at the 2014 event. Organizations interested in performing test flights on the calibration range should contact Pierre le Roux at zpleroux@gmail.com.

    New ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data Released

    BETHESDA, Md., March 2, 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to announce the release of the new Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data. The new standards are available at: http://www.asprs.org/Standards-Activities.html.

    The new ASPRS accuracy standards fill a critical need for map users and map makers alike. For centuries, map scale and contour interval have been used as an indication of map accuracy. Users want to know how accurately they can measure different things on a map, and map makers want to know how accurate maps need to be in order to satisfy user requirements. Those contracting for new maps depend on some form of map accuracy standard to evaluate the tradeoff between the accuracy required vs. how much time and expense are justified in achieving it, and then to describe the accuracy of the result in a uniform way that is reliable, defensible, and repeatable.

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    UAS Mapping Reno Call for Abstracts

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    Bethesda, MD – The second annual technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is scheduled for September 29-30, 2015 in Reno, Nevada.  Expanding on the highly successful format and events of last year’s symposium this year’s event will include test flights, UAS data processing, and workshops. 

    The extended schedule is:
    Sat – 9/26        UAS Test Flights
    Sun – 9/27        UAS Test Flights
    Mon – 9/28       UAS Test Flight Data Processing Workshop (hosted by ASPRS)
                              Exhibit Set-Up
                              Opening Reception
    Tues – 9/29       Symposium and Technical Demonstration – Reno Ballroom
                              UAS Live Demonstration
    Wed – 9/30       Symposium and Technical Demonstration – Reno Ballroom
    Thurs – 10/1     UAS Meetings and Workshops (open for vendors and agencies to host)

    Coalition of Geospatial Organizers (COGO) Announces the Release of the Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure

    BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 11, 2015 – The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) announces the release of its Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s geospatial “infrastructure” which includes surveyed, mapped and remotely-sensed information.

    The report card was developed by an expert panel chaired by The Honorable James E. Geringer, former Governor of Wyoming, with Dr. David J. Cowen, John J. Moeller, Dr. John D. Bossler, Susan Carson Lambert, The Honorable Tom D. Rust, and The Honorable Robert T. Welch. COGO initiated this effort in 2009 by securing the commitment of the expert panel members who worked on a volunteer basis to produce this report.

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    Pecora, ISPRS, IAG Joint Symposium Presents Prestigious Awards

    BETHESDA, Md., January 7, 2015 – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) presented a number of prestigious awards during the Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint Symposium of ISPRS Technical Commission I and IAG Commission 4 in Denver, Colorado, November 17 – 20, 2014.  

    On Tuesday, November 18th, Dr. Frank Kelly, Director, USGS EROS presented the 2014 William T. Pecora Awards. The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that make outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The award is sponsored jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    2014 Group Award – Landsat 8 Team – For outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth’s land surface and surrounding coastal regions.
    Landsat 8 TeamThe Landsat Data Continuity Mission was successfully launched on February 11, 2013. Renamed Landsat 8 on May 30, 2013, this mission continues the goals established by William Pecora and other visionaries 50 years ago. The Landsat 8 Team consisting of NASA, USGS, and industry partners, has performed at the highest levels from the beginning of mission development to the present.

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    Outstanding PECORA, ISPRS, IAG Joint Symposium in Denver

    BETHESDA, Md., December 22, 2014 – The Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint Symposium of ISPRS Technical Commission I and IAG Commission 4 was held November 17 – 20, 2014 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado with great success for all involved and in attendance. 

    full exhibithallThe Symposium welcomed over 480 attendees from more than 25 countries around the globe for a unique and thought provoking two and a half days of technical sessions. All industry segments were well represented with 39% of the attendee base from the Commercial side, 29% from Academia and 32% from Government.  More than 190 speakers presented in 35 sessions ranging in topic from “UAS and Data Analysis” to “Landsat and Sentinel”, “Land Cover Change”, “Mobile Mapping Technologies” and many more. “The caliber of sessions at this symposium has been the best I’ve experienced …” said one attendee.

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    UAS Industry Leaders Participating in UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO

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     BETHESDA, Md., September 24, 2014The first UAS technical symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) announces that industry leaders in the UAS commercial industry are onboard for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO!

    The technical program has been designed to provide practical information on sensor types and platforms as well as soup-to-nuts details on planning a mission, controlling the mission, flying the mission, and processing the data. ASPRS is “The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society” and its members will be evaluating issues such as accuracy and data quality.

    Technical presenters during the symposium include David Ward of Silent Falcon, Dr. Bernd Lutz of Multirotor Service Drone, Baptiste Tripard of senseFly, Ruedi Wagner of Leica Geosystems, Wolfgang Juchmann of Velodyne, Antoine Martin of Pix4D, Heather James of Kitware, Dr. Hank Theiss of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, David Dvorak of Field of View, Vince Ambrosia of NASA, Nazlin Kanji of AeroVironment, to name a few.

    Early Registration Deadline Extended for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO

    BETHESDA, Md., September 3, 2014 – The first technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Northern California Region is approaching (October 21-22)!  The deadline for early registration has been extended to allow attendees just learning about this exciting event to take advantage of low registration and exhibition fees.  The current fee for ASPRS members to attend the event is only $250. The current fee for non-ASPRS members to attend the event is only $300.  Exhibitors are provided an exhibit booth and benefits which include two complimentary registrations for only $600.  All rates will go up in price on September 12, 2014, so register now!  Click Here to Register today.

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    In Memoriam Carolyn J. Merry, PhD. (1950-2014)

    BETHESDA, Md., June 5, 2014 – It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the loss of a respected and long-time member, Past President, friend and mentor, Carolyn Jean Merry, PhD., retired Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.

    Merry photoMerry was tragically killed on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in a highway automobile crash in her home state of Ohio. The vehicle she was driving was struck from behind by a tractor trailer that failed to stop for traffic backed up due to an earlier crash.

    ASPRS officers and staff members who worked with Merry remember her warmth, calm demeanor and friendliness and were grateful for the reasoned advice she readily provided. “She was caring of officers and members of the Society, very willing to participate in student sessions, and gave selflessly of her time for the benefit of the Society and its members” said Stewart Walker, ASPRS President.

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    ASPRS Announces 2014 Award Winners

    BETHESDA, Md., May 5, 2014 – John R. Jensen and Stanley A. Morain were inducted as Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) on Tuesday, March 25 at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Initiated in 1937, this life-time award is given for professional excellence in recognition of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS and/or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of the geospatial information sciences.  It is awarded for professional excellence and for at least 20 years of service to ASPRS.

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    Dr. John Jensen was made an ASPRS Honorary Member for his lasting contributions to the field of remote sensing and GIScience in the geographical, environmental, biophysical and urban sciences through his research, publications, leadership, and undergraduate and graduate teaching.  He taught hundreds of undergraduate students and mentored 62 Masters and 35 PhD graduate students to completion in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. In effect, he helped educate a generation of remote-sensing scientists who are now making significant contributions in academia, government and industry.

    Stanley A. Morain, PhD

    DeGloria Morain CetinDr. Stanley Morain was made an ASPRS Honorary member for his service of over 38 years, Dr. Morain carved a distinguished career in remote sensing recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. His contributions focused on educating his students and developing professional ties to research communities in many developing countries on the applications of remote sensing in several societal benefit areas, but primarily in agriculture, transportation, and public health. In pursuit of his vision, he worked with many research teams and governments in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

    Dr. Jensen and Dr. Morain received their awards at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, March 25. The Honorary Member is the highest award an ASPRS member can receive, and there are only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. Candidates are chosen by a Nominating Committee made up of the past five recipients of the award and chaired by the most recent recipient. The award consists of a plaque and certificate and presented by the ASPRS Foundation.

     

    ASPRS 2014 Outstanding Service Award Winners

    BETHESDA, Md., May 6, 2014 — The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) proudly announces the following 2014 Outstanding Service Award Winners:  

    Clifford W. Greve, PhD, CP for his endowment of the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award and his foresight in establishing the award.

    Lewis Graham for his leadership in establishing and leading the Lidar Division and sustained efforts to enhance the LAS file format specification as a geospatial industry standard.

    David Alvarez for this leadership in establishing periodic GIS Division teleconferences and initiating a web-based seminar series with co-sponsorship from CaGIS and GLIS.

    Roger E. Crystal for his sustained efforts as Membership Development Coordinator.

    William G. Hemple for his long-term leadership and professionalism as Chair, memorial Address Committee.

    USGIF Names Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the 2013 Arthur C. Lundahl – Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

    BETHESDA, Md., April 23, 2014On Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Tampa, Florida, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her award during the GEOINT 2013* Symposium general session. Lenczowski is the 10th and first female recipient of the award.

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    ASPRS Establishes the First UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course

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    BETHESDA, Md., August 18, 2014 – The first mapping calibration test course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be established by ASPRS at the Reno Stead airport, an FAA-designated UAS test site.  The course will include ground surveyed targets of varying height, radiometric targets, undulating surfaces, “surprise” targets, and simulated flight restricted areas.  The first UAS flights of the test course will be conducted in conjunction with the UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO symposium on October 21-22, 2014 in Reno, Nevada.

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    Charles Toth Elected as ASPRS Vice President

    Scott Perkins, John McCombs, Jason Stoker, and Frank Taylor elected as Assistant Division Directors

    BETHESDA, MD, MARCH 7, 2014 — ASPRS, The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society, announces the results of its 2014 elections for National Officers. The Tellers Committee reported that Charles Toth, of The Ohio State University (OSU), won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2014. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Stewart Walker moves into the position of President; Lynn Usery becomes President-Elect; and Stephen DeGloria becomes Immediate Past President.

    TothVice President-Elect Charles K. Toth is a Research Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at OSU. He received his MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Geo-Information Sciences from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers, and he is the co-editor of the widely popular book LiDAR: Topographic Ranging and Scanning Principles and Processing. Toth joined ASPRS in 1988. From 2004-2008 he served as Assistant Director, then Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division (PAD). Since 2008 he has served as the ASPRS Eastern Great Lakes Region National Director. He is also President for the 2012-2016 Congress Period of Technical Commission I for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

    Toth said, “ASPRS is the premier society for geospatial information science and engineering professionals, uniquely blending government, the private sector, and academia. It is absolutely essential for the entire society to maintain its position of leadership as the broad use and application of remote sensing and geospatial data reaches many users who are not traditional members of ASPRS.” Toth continued, “we must be more proactive, demonstrating our knowledge and competence to solve problems for humankind, including disaster response, environment, climate change, peacekeeping, and food supply… I look forward to serving as an officer of ASPRS with honor and responsibility.”

     

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    New ASPRS Executive Director, Michael Hauck, PhD. to Share his Vision at International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2014

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    January 27, 2014 (Portland, Maine) – Organizers of the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), taking place February 17-19, 2014 in Denver, are delighted to announce that Michael Hauck, PhD., the new Executive Director of ASPRS, will be speaking at ILMF 2014.  “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Hauck address the ILMF audience at the 11th annual ILMF,” said Lisa Murray, Director of International LiDAR Mapping Forum. “ASPRS plays a vital role in the LiDAR industry as it is the key organization that sets data format and accuracy standards for kinematic laser scanning and we are grateful for its support of ILMF.”

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    ASPRS Appoints Dr. Michael Hauck as Executive Director

    Hauck photoBETHESDA, Md., January 6, 2014 — ASPRS announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Hauck as the incoming ASPRS Executive Director.  Outgoing Executive Director, James Plasker, announced his retirement from ASPRS, effective January 10, 2014.  Hauck becomes only the fourth Executive Director in the past 47 years of the organization’s history.  Both incoming and outgoing Executive Directors look forward to working together to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

    Hauck has over 20 years of experience in the creation and application of remote sensing and geospatial information technologies.  Reflecting the diverse membership of ASPRS, he has practiced in academic, government, Fortune 500, and start-up settings; and in industries that include transportation, energy, telecommunications, and defense. In addition to technical breadth, he is a versatile, collaborative, and adaptive leader with over a decade of general management experience that includes both board and executive positions in not-for-profit organizations.  His volunteer work includes service on local, State, and National boards, e.g. the Venture West Network of entrepreneurs, the State of Wyoming Telecommunications Council, and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  His key scientific accomplishment has been the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of the first-ever deep seismic reflection profiles through the Himalayas, which were part of his PhD dissertation in Geological Sciences at Cornell University.  Beyond training in science and engineering, Hauck is also a student of science and technology communications, and a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming trustee leadership development program.

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    In Memoriam Kimberly A. Tilley (1953-2013)

    Kim award2It is with very deep sorrow and a tremendous sense of loss that we must inform you that Kimberly A. Tilley, Associate Executive Director and Director of Communications, passed away suddenly Friday evening, December 27, 2013 at her home in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Kim was a very critical resource to ASPRS, not only to her fellow staff members but to the Society’s leadership and the membership at large.  As a colleague, she was an indispensable confidant and advisor to me, and I could not imagine how I would have effectively functioned as the Executive Director these past 16 years without her help.  Her contributions to the health of the Society have been numerous.  Kim’s unending commitment and devotion to students in general, and specifically to the ASPRS student members, are well known.  She was also the Executive Editor of PE&RS, where she was very instrumental in making the front part of the Journal of interest to the broadest audience possible.  However, many of her other most significant contributions have occurred well below the radar screen and thus were mostly invisible to the membership.  Nevertheless, ASPRS would not be where it is without Kim’s untiring devotion; she truly cared for the Society, its members and its mission.  

    The family has announced the details of her Memorial Service, to be held:
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW,
    Washington, DC  20016
    Phone 202-363-4900

    ASPRS Selects John R. Jensen and Stanley Morain as Honorary Members

    John R. Jensen and Stanley Morain have been selected as the next Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Their nominations were recently approved by the ASPRS Board of Directors. This is the highest award bestowed by ASPRS. There can be only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. 

    Initiated in 1937, this life-time award is given for professional excellence in recognition of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS and/or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of the geospatial information sciences.  Jensen and Morain will receive their awards at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

    2014 ASPRS FELLOW AWARD WINNERS

    Bon A. Dewitt, Rongxing Li, Richard A. Pearsall, Karen L. Schuckman and Douglas A. Stow have been named the 2014 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.  The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep¬tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). 

    The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro-fessional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year.  The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.  This year’s awards will be given in March at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Dr. Gordon L. Wells Joins the CaGIS/ASPRS Specialty Conference for Keynote Address

    Gordon L. Wells, PhD., Program Manager for the Mid-American Geospatial Information Center located at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research will address imaging, mapping and geospatial information professionals as the keynote speaker for the CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. Wells also serves as a member of the Governor’s Emergency Management Council, where his team supports the State’s preparedness and response programs for homeland security and natural disasters. His hurricane landfall modeling and simulation results for storm surge and wind impacts are used by the Texas Division of Emergency Management for public meetings, planning, and training, and during activations of the State Operations Center for decision support during and after landfall. Dr. Wells will bring a wealth of knowledge supporting the conference theme, Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community.

    ASPRS Executive Director Position Announcement

    The Board of Directors of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is seeking a professionally respected, service-oriented, and energetic individual to become its next Executive Director. ASPRS is a highly visible organization with national and international exposure, founded in 1934 and marketed as “The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society.”  The mission of the Society is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of the mapping sciences and to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies. ASPRS membership includes 5000 individuals and 130 organizations from private industry, government, and academia.

    Reporting directly to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be a visionary leader who must help articulate, assertively advocate, and successfully execute the Society’s agenda of work objectives, pursuant to the Society’s Strategic Plan, within budgetary guidelines, on behalf of a diverse membership from academia, government and industry. The successful candidate is expected to have experience building, sustaining, and strengthening a non-profit organization, focused on professional development of its members. The successful candidate is expected to possess understanding of the scientific and technical impact ASPRS has within the wide range of disciplines related to photogrammetry and remote sensing.  In addition, he or she must be both hands-on manager and recognized leader who thinks strategically but can respond quickly to an immediate need.  Click here to access the current Position Description.

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    ASPRS Executive Director James Plasker Announces His Retirement

     ASPRS Executive Director James Plasker has announced his retirement from ASPRS and plans to step down from his position, effective January 2014. Plasker was selected as the Executive Director in 1998 to succeed William French who had served in the position for 20 years.  

    As ASPRS Executive Director for nearly 16 years, Plasker led or significantly contributed to numerous programmatic efforts on behalf of the ASPRS membership and the broader geospatial community.  These included resolution of professional licensure issues and expanded geospatial representation to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES); development of the Ten Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast (Phases I-IV); increased awareness of Landsat data continuity issues and the requirement for a National Land Imaging Program; ASPRS participation in several U.S. Department of Labor career and statistical reporting programs including NAICS and ONET; expansion of both thenumber and monetary value of the ASPRS awards and scholarships endowed through the ASPRS Foundation; supported a number of ASPRS studies on camera calibration, digital orthophotography and the value of Landsat data; aided ASPRS volunteers in the development of the LAS common data exchange standard and the best practices guidelines for procurement of professional geospatial services and geospatial products; oversaw expansion of the ASPRS Certification Program to include technologists and intern categories; and increased efforts to support the accreditation of applied science and engineering programs through his continuing service to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

    ASPRS Lidar Division Releases First LAS Domain Profile

    Thanks to a recent initiative of the ASPRS Lidar Division, different segments of the lidar mapping community now have the ability to customize the LAS file format to meet their application-specific needs.  The new mechanism that makes this possible is the LAS Domain Profile, which is a derivative of the base LAS v1.4 specification that adds (but does not remove or alter existing) point classes and attributes.

    ASPRS Launches First eBook – Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to announce the launch of its first eBook — Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar — on the Kindle platform.  “Making the Manual available as an eBook gives customers the option to have it available at their fingertips on either a Kindle or on another device with a Kindle app,” said ASPRS Communications Director Kim Tilley.  “This is perfect for students and those working in the field who don’t want to carry around the printed book, or for those needing quick delivery with no mailing costs.”  The eBook is available through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E3FWBO6.

    MANUAL OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY, SIXTH EDITION NOW AVAILABLE

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) announces the Manual of Photogrammetry, Sixth Edition is now available for purchase through the ASPRS Bookstore.

    Under the leadership of J. Chris McGlone, PhD, CP, as Editor-in-Chief and George Y.G. Lee, PhD, Technical Editor, the Manual covers photogrammetry in depth, as well as its constituent technologies, providing the student, practitioner, or researcher with a single valuable reference resource.

    ASPRS INITIATES DEVELOPMENT OF MANUAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 4TH EDITION

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has initiated development of the fourth edition of the Manual of Remote Sensing (MRS) under the leadership of Stan Morain as Editor-in-Chief, Mike Renslow as Associate and Technical Editor, and Amelia Budge as Associate and Design Editor. This project, planned for completion in 2015, will be designed and executed as an enhanced e-book and will focus on three Parts: Systems, Data Management, and Applications.

    The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Team Announces its 2014 Workshop to be Held in Conjunction with the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference

    The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team will hold the 2014 JACIE Workshop in conjunction with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on March 23-27, 2014.  The announcement was made by the JACIE team and keynote speaker Roberta Lenczowski (ASPRS Past President) during the Workshop in Saint Louis, Missouri in April.

    The 2014 JACIE Workshop will be held Wednesday through Friday, beginning on March 26 as a separate track at the ASPRS meeting. The program planning for JACIE and ASPRS will integrate some key speakers and highlights into a few ASPRS special and/or hot topics sessions. In addition, ASPRS will provide attendees to the JACIE Workshop with the opportunity to register for a combined JACIE/ASPRS experience that will allow JACIE attendees to visit the ASPRS Conference Exhibit Hall, as well as ASPRS General and Technical Sessions, as time permits during the week of the JACIE Workshop.

    ASPRS ANNOUNCES OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD WINNERS

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) proudly announces the following 2013 Outstanding Service Award Winners:  

    Mike Renslow, for his service as Editor‐in‐Chief of the Lidar Manual, his efforts to achieve accreditation for the ASPRS Certification Program, and his service as ISPRS Treasurer, 2009 – 2012.

    The Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Mapping Products Committee, Charles Mondello, Chair; and committee members Mark Baker, Becky Morton, Marvin Miller, Brant Howard, Kari Craun, George Southard, Jeff Lovin, Mike Ritchie and Paul Harwig for their efforts to develop the draft guidelines.

    Chris McGlone for his service as Editor‐in‐Chief of the Manual of Photogrammetry, 6th Edition.

    George Y. G. Lee for his service as Technical Editor of the Manual of Photogrammetry, 6th Edition and his dedicated efforts to fully endow the Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship.

    ASPRS ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD WINNERS

    Christian Heipke Winner of Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award

    The 2013 Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) was awarded to Prof. Dr. Christian Heipke at the 2013 Annual ASPRS Conference in Baltimore on March 26. Heipke was awarded the Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award for his contributions including advancing the transition from analytical to digital photogrammetry, significant achievements in object extraction from digital imagery and image matching, progressing the introduction of softcopy systems, and, more recently, helping to reinforce the essential connection between photogrammetry and computer vision. Heipke has been Professor Habilitation (the highest academic qualification given overseas) since 1994, and has been a Full Professor and the head of the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation at the Leibniz University Hannover since 1998.

    This award, the essence of which is practicability, is designed to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States.  The selection committee makes its choice based on an outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to the art of aerial photogrammetry; any outstanding method developed for the general use of aerial photographs and/or imagery; outstanding research for study along aerial photogrammetric lines and outstanding effort for the general advancement of the art of photogrammetry.  Lockheed Martin donates funding for the award, which consists of a silver presentation plaque.

    Clive Fraser Winner of Outstanding Technical Achievement Award

    This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award is Dr. Clive Fraser, for his development and production of the digital camera calibration program “Australis.”  The Australis automatic camera calibration system was developed to accommodate contemporary calibration requirements and is a software system for digital camera self-calibration that incorporates an innovative workflow for improved efficiency and effectiveness. The significant features of Australis are efficiency, flexibility, automation, and calibration to the highest metric standards. Fraser serves as Honorary Professor of Infrastructure Engineering, Program Science Director, Cooperative Research Center for Spatial Information, and Professional Fellow, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.

    This award was introduced for the first time in 2012 and is given to a developer of a specific breakthrough technology which causes quantum advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States. Dr. Fraser received the award in March at the ASPRS 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore.

    In 2011, ASPRS and the ASPRS Foundation received a very generous individual donation to endow a new Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.  In accordance with the wishes of the donor, a long time ASPRS member, this donation was made anonymously. ASPRS has agreed to match the donation, in accordance with its current matching policy, resulting in and ensuring this annual Award will be fully endowed.
        

    ASPRS Launches New Association Smartphone App!

    BETHESDA, Md., March 5, 2013 — The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is launching an association and conference focused smartphone app for use by ASPRS members and those interested in the Society. The app will keep ASPRS competitive and continue to provide members with the tools they find essential, such as real-time access to association news, member directories, information on ASPRS webinars and conferences and critical industry alerts all from their iPhone or Android smartphone.The app is available on both iPhone and Android platforms.

     

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    Lynn Usery Elected as ASPRS Vice President; Pierre le Roux Elected as Assistant Director of the Primary Data Acquisition Division

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    The results of the 2013 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and they reported that Lynn Usery, U.S. Geological Survey, won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2013.  With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Stephen D. DeGloria moves into the position of President; Stewart Walker becomes President-Elect, and Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski becomes Past President.  Pierre le Roux was elected Assistant Director of the Primary Data Acquisition Division (PDAD).

     

    ASPRS Certification Program Accredited by CESB

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) professional and technologist certification programs have each received accreditation from the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).  CESB voted to approve accreditation for the professional Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), Certified Mapping Scientist/Remote Sensing (CMS/RS) and Certified Mapping Scientist/GIS-LIS (CMS/GISLIS) programs, along with three related technologist certification categories – Photogrammetric Technologist, Remote Sensing Technologist and GIS/LIS Technologist.  

    ASPRS 2013 Fellows Named

    George Y. Lee and Charles Mondello have been named the 2013 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.  The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). 

    The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year.  The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.  The awards will be given next March at the ASPRS 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Clifford W. Greve and Vincent V. Salomonson Selected as ASPRS Honorary Members

    Clifford W. Greve and Vincent V. Salomonson have been selected as the next Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  Their nominations were recently approved by the ASPRS Board of Directors. This is the highest award bestowed by ASPRS and there can be only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time.  

    Initiated in 1937, this life-time award is given for professional excellence in recognition of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS and/or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of the geospatial information sciences.  Greve and Salomonson will receive their awards at the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

    ASPRS UPDATES RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Evaluation for Certification Committee has recently updated the ASPRS Recertification requirements and revised the related Certification Guidelines. These changes were made as a result of the Committee’s ongoing interaction with the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) as ASPRS moves toward accreditation of the ASPRS Certification Program by CESB. One of the key recommendations CESB made was for  ASPRS to base its recertification requirements on standardized Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs), rather than the internally designed point system ASPRS had been using.  

    MAPPS/ASPRS to hold 2012 Joint Specialty Conference on Emerging Mapping and Geospatial Technologies

    Online registration is now open for the joint MAPPS/ASPRS 2012 Specialty Conference to be held October 29 through November 1, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  This year’s conference theme, “Ground to Cloud (R)Evolution – Emerging Technologies Supporting Geospatial Application,” will focus on the “(R)Evolution” of this dynamic technology through geospatial applications such as lidar (airborne, ground based, Flash, and Waveform), Visualization and Modeling, Data fusion/integration, 3D GIS and the integration of GIS and BIM technologies. We will also touch on many aspects of digital elevation mapping, with a special emphasis on the use of cloud based computing and the implications of using Software as a Service (SaaS), Platforms as a Service (PaasS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on the geospatial enterprise.

    ASPRS ANNOUNCES 2012 AWARD WINNERS

    Dean W. Merchant Winner of Photogrammetric Award

    The Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) was awarded to Dean W. Merchant, PhD, PE. at the 2012 Annual ASPRS Conference in Sacramento in March.  This award, the essence of which is practicability, is designed to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States.  The selection committee makes its choice based on an outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to the art of aerial photogrammetry; any outstanding method developed for the general use of aerial photographs and/or imagery; outstanding research for study along aerial photogrammetric lines and outstanding effort for the general advancement of the art of photogrammetry.  Lockheed Martin donates funding for the award, which consists of a silver presentation plaque.

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    Stewart Walker Elected as ASPRS Vice President; Matthew Dunbar, Robert Thomas, Stuart Blundell, Christopher Parrish and Michael Zoltek Elected as Assistant Division Directors

    walker_2The results of the 2012 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and they reported that Stewart Walker, Director – Product Initiatives for the Geospatial eXploitation Products business area of BAE Systems in San Diego, California, won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2012.  With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski moves into the position of President; Stephen D. DeGloria becomes President-Elect, and Gary Florence becomes Past President.

    ASPRS Approves Resolution on U.S. Imaging Program

    By a unanimous vote of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Board of Directors, the Society has issued a third resolution calling for immediate support and funding for the continuation of the Nation’s moderate resolution imaging program.  Due to a technical failure in the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) instrument on-board the Landsat 7 spacecraft in May 2003, and the recent decline of the Landsat 5 spacecraft, the continued collection of useful moderate-resolution, multispectral remote sensing data is now jeopardized. 

    2012 ASPRS FELLOW AWARD WINNERS

    Kari J. Craun and Herbert W. Stoughton have been named the 2012 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.  The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep¬tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines).  The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro¬fessional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year.  The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.  This year’s awards will be given in March at the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference in Sacramento, California.

    ASPRS Announces Dr. Franz Leberl as the Winner of the 2012 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) announced today that Dr. Franz Leberl will be the first recipient of the newly created ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA).   Leberl, founder of Vexcel Corporation in Boulder (Colorado, 1985) and Vexcel Imaging GmbH (Austria, 1993, manufacturer of the UltraCam Digital Large Format Aerial Camera), was selected in recognition of his contribution to the development of the UltraCam large format digital aerial camera.

    ASPRS Survey Finds Hiring in the Geospatial Industry Continues

    Despite an 8.6% unemployment rate in the U.S., it has been determined that at least 57% of the Sustaining Member organizations of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) are currently hiring for jobs within the geospatial industry.

    ASPRS recently conducted a survey of 129 ASPRS Sustaining Member career websites, and determined that in the month of November, at least 73 ASPRS Sustaining Member companies/agencies had job postings on their websites that consisted of positions ranging from entry-level jobs to high-level executive positions.

    LAS 1.4 Draft Specification Released by ASPRS

    The LAS Working Group (LWG) of the ASPRS Lidar Division is pleased to submit the draft proposal for version 1.4 of the LAS specification for comment. An annotated version of the LAS 1.4 proposal showing changes from the LAS 1.3 specification is also available.

    Individuals are invited to review the draft specification and submit comments to LAS@asprs.org. The review cycle lasts for 60 calendar days and will expire October 22, 2011. During the cycle, the LWG will consider all input received and incorporate changes that impact the intent of the revision.

    ASPRS Announces Call for Nominees for the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is requesting nominations for the newly created ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA).  The purpose of this Award is to recognize developers of breakthrough technology which causes major advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States.

    Draft Guidelines for the Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products Released for Comment

    ASPRS has released draft “Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Mapping Products”. The material is considered DRAFT FOR REVIEW and is being published at this time to encourage wide dissemination and comment.

    A draft copy of the “Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products” is available online at http://www.asprs.org/a/society/divisions/ppd/products/CGPG_public_review_draft_1.doc and appears in the June 2011 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS).  Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by email to guidelines@asprs.org no later than January 15, 2012. The current plan is to review all comments and finalize the document for ASPRS Board approval at its March 23, 2012 meeting.

    ASPRS Encourages Adoption of the National Land Imaging Program

    ASPRS is working actively to support establishment of the National Land Imaging Program (NLIP), a long-range operational moderate resolution imaging program.  For the past several years, ASPRS has strongly supported the NLIP strategy through continuing communication with the Administration and Congress, and fully endorses its immediate implementation.

    It is important that all ASPRS members speak up on this issue.  Therefore, we are encouraging you as a member of ASPRS to contact your congressional representatives in order to inform and educate them on the need to assure the continuous long-term operation of the Nation’s moderate resolution land remote sensing satellites. 

    Draft Guidelines for the Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products Released for Second Round of Comments

    ASPRS has released a second draft of the “Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Mapping Products.” The material is updated from the April 2011 version.  The document is considered DRAFT FOR REVIEW and is being published at this time to encourage wide dissemination and comment.

    A draft copy of the “Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products” is available online at: http://www.asprs.org/a/society/divisions/ppd/products/CGPG_public_review_draft_2.doc.  Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by email to Product_Guidelines@asprs.org no later than February 20, 2012. The current plan is to review all comments and finalize the document for ASPRS Board approval at its March 23, 2012 meeting.

    ASPRS Board Approves Formation of Lidar Division

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Board of Directors approved the formation of a Lidar Division at its Board meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, May 5. Lewis Graham, CEO of GeoCue Group, was appointed Interim Division Director until a national election for this position is held in late 2011. The new division would subsume the current ASPRS Airborne and Mobile Lidar subcommittees (retaining them as subcommittees within the Lidar Division) and have a top level link on the ASPRS web site.

    ASPRS Launches Revised Website

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) launched a new version of its website last week during the 2011 Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The site has been completely overhauled and now uses an Open Source Content Management System (CMS) along with an iMIS membership database, to serve materials on the site. The new site was streamlined to cut down on repetition, and tested to ensure that popular information was well labeled and easy to find.

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    DeGloria Elected as ASPRS Vice President

    DeGloriaThe results of the 2011 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and they reported that Stephen D. DeGloria, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2011.With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in May, Gary Florence moves into the position of President; Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski becomes President-Elect, and Carolyn Merry becomes Past President.

    01-06-11 – ASPRS 2011 Fellow Award Winners

    Paul D. Brooks and Kass Green have been named the 2011 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.  The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep­tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines).

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    Coalition of Geospatial Organizations Selects Leader for 2011

    The current Chair of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) announced today that the Coalition has selected as the 2012 Coalition Chair Dr. Carolyn J. Merry, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Delegate to COGO. Ms. Geney Terry, 2011 Chair of COGO indicated that Dr. Merry’s selection was made by unanimous consent of the Coalition.

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    12-09-10 ASPRS and the ASPRS Foundation Receive $90,000 Donation to Endow A New Outstanding Technical Achievement Award

    In early December the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the ASPRS Foundation received an individual donation with a value of $90,000 to endow a new Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.  The Award will be administered through ASPRS and funded by the ASPRS Foundation. In accordance with the wishes of the donor, who is a longtime ASPRS member, this donation was made anonymously. ASPRS has agreed to match $35,000 of the donation in accordance with its current matching policy, for a total of approximately $125,000.  The result of the match ensures that the Award will be fully endowed at the $5000 per annual award level.