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.
John R. Jensen, PhD
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
Dr. 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.
Additional awards presented during the ASPRS 80th Annual Conference and administered by the ASPRS Foundation were:
Outstanding Paper Awards
Boeing Award for Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation
Recipient: Shunyi Zheng, Rongyong Huang, and Yang Zhou for “Registration of Optical Images with Lidar Data and Its Accuracy Assessment,” PE&RS, 79 (8), 731-741.
John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers
First Place: Shunyi Zheng, Rongyong Huang, and Yang Zhou for “Registration of Optical Images with Lidar Data and Its Accuracy Assessment,” PE&RS, 79 (8), 731-741.
ERDAS Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing
First Place: Marek Jakubowksi, Qinghua Guo, Brandon Collins, Scott Stephens, and Maggi Kelly for “Predicting Surface Fuel Models and Fuel Metrics Using Lidar and CIR Imagery in a Dense, Mountainous Forest,” PE&RS, 79 (1), 37-49.
ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS
First Place: Zhenyu Lu, Jungho Im, Lindi J. Quackenbush, and Sanglim Yoo for “Remote Sensing-based House Value Estimation Using an Optimized Regional Regression Model,” PE&RS, 79 (9), 809-820
Talbert Abrams Award
Grand Award Winners: Min Chen and Zhenfeng Shao for “Robust Affine-Invariant Line Matching for High Resolution Remote Sensing Images,” PE&RS, 79 (8), 753-760.
Scholarship & Academic Awards
Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Jacky Chow, doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary, Department of Geomatics Engineering, with a specialization in 3-D close-range photogrammetry.
Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Michelle Andrews, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
John O. Behrens Institute for Land Information Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Ann Marie Rowland, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship
Recipient: Michael Alonzo, PhD student, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
DigitalGlobe Foundation Award for the Application of High Resolution Digital Satellite Imagery
Recipient: Matthew Dannenbery, PhD student, Geography program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
William A. Fischer Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Lindsay Deel, PhD student, Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Francis H. Moffitt memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Adam Benjamin, PhD student, Geomatics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Beau Dassan Immel, Geomatics Engineering Department, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California
Ta Liang Memorial Award
Recipient: Steve Padget-Vasquez, PhD student, Geography and Integrative Conservation, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Paul R. Wolf Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Tammy Parece, PhD candidate, Geospatial and Environmental Analysis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Z/I Imaging Scholarship
Recipient: Ivan Detchev, PhD student, Photogrammetry with an emphasis on digital imaging systems, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
International Educational Literature Award (IELA)
Recipient: African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education – English
(ARCSSTE-E); Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, ILE – Ife, Nigeria
Conference Management Awards
Recipients: Conference Director, Haluk Cetin; Conference Secretary, Demetrio Zourarakis and Conference Technical Program Co-Directors, Marguerite Madden and Thomas Jordan
Recipients: Chris Aldridge, Barry Budzowski and Dave Kreighbaum, Kari Craun and Michael Hodgson, Devin Kelley, Josh McNary, Mike Renslow, Heather Staverman and Kim Tilley
Complete information on all of the above awards can be found in the conference final program at: http://conferences.asprs.org/images/PDF/Louisville/2014_FinalProgramWEB.pdf.
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Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.
Founded in 1979, The ASPRS Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) 3 organization established to provide grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors. The Foundation is the primary funding source for all non-sponsored awards and scholarships recognized by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.