UCGIS Election

I am proud – but intimidated – to be elected President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) at the 2022 annual symposium in Syracuse, NY, in June.

The UCGIS is a non-profit organization that creates and supports communities of practice for Geographic Information Science research, education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions. The UCGIS is the professional hub for the academic GIS community in the United States, with partnerships extending this capacity abroad.

I will serve a three year term as President-elect, President and Past-president.  My vision for the UCGIS is to be an organization that helps universities be better GIS universities. This includes research and teaching, but also the infrastructure, services and staff that help create a synergistic GIS community on and off campus.


CURA is hiring!

Are you a geospatial geek who wants to make cities and regions more sustainable, equitable and resilient places? Do you have technical and management skills combined with a passion for engaged urban science? Would you like to build a career at dynamic, interdisciplinary urban research and outreach center at a highly collaborative and comprehensive university?

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University is seeking a Consulting Manager/Senior Researcher to join our team. CURA engages in a diverse portfolio of data-intensive research projects focused on urban and regional issues, with a special emphasis on geospatial data science. Many of our projects involve close collaboration with community partners in Central Ohio and beyond. The Consulting Manager is responsible for managing these projects and ensuring that they have the necessary resources and provides direct supervision for the center’s student research associates. The Consulting Manager also helps to define the strategic direction of the organization and to identify and develop new project opportunities.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, or a related field.  Experience in research involving geospatial analysis or data science is required, as well as experience using Python or R in this context.

Desired Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience or Master’s degree and 3 years’ experience in a related field. Detailed understanding of urban and regional issues, as demonstrated by possession of a related degree, professional experience, or extensive personal engagement.  Supervisory experience is desired, with preference for supervision of students. Experience in a consulting service or similar is desired.

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Urban observatory science: Leveraging geospatial data and real-world experimentation for sustainability

I recently delivered a virtual keynote address to the Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) annual meeting – the main GIS conference in China. Originally scheduled to take place in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China, it was switched to an online only conference due to the COVID pandemic; the keynote was pre-recorded.