Spring 2018

2017 was a very productive year for the Department in terms of the number of students graduated, research publications generated and external grants received. A highlight of the year was the selection by the Provost of our proposal to establish a Remote Sensing Center of Excellence and as a result we will be hiring at least three new remote sensing faculty in the next two years. These will replace the faculty that have recently retired in this area and enable us to strengthen this component of our teaching program. We are also in the process of hiring an Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science, which will be the last of the planned positions for our new Center for Geographic Information Science. The Center, which has been strongly supported by the College was officially launched on November 1st

In 2017, we also launched our Professional Master’s degree in Geo-Intelligence and this summer we will be hosting the first cohort of our new Masters in GIS, that we have developed in partnership with Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China, with the help of Dr. Mengxue Li from the Deans Office. The first semester of the program at Nanjing went well and was supported by Jack Mah, Kristen Bergery and Janet Nackoney from our Department. We are pleased to welcome Aynoor Ford as a new Research Coordinator and Erin Jacobs, who will be helping administer our MPS programs.

In November, Martha Geores hosted the Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American Geographers, with over 60 attendees participating in paper and poster sessions. Josh Wayland from our Department received the AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at a Regional Meeting and for the first time the University of Maryland won the much-coveted Geography Bowl. In 2017 Klaus Hubecek initiated a popular seminar series on Climate Change and Inequality, which included external speakers and will be continued into 2018.

Our faculty as well as our alumni and adjunct professors continue to be productive in terms of book publication. Dr Shunlin Liang was Editor in Chief of a nine-volume book set by Elsevier, entitled Comprehensive Remote Sensing. Dr. Sam Goward launched his book entitled ‘Landsat an Enduring Legacy’ at the Pecora 20 Conference and co-author and Adjunct Professor Darrel Williams received the prestigious Pecora Award. We congratulate Darrel, who joins John Townshend, Sam Goward, Chris Justice and Adjunct Professor, Jim Tucker as Pecora Award recipients. We look forward to a successful year in 2018.

- Chris