Pr: UCGIS Shares Election Results following its 2014 Symposium

Pr: UCGIS Shares Election Results following its 2014 Symposium

ucgisUCGIS, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, is pleased to announce the results of its 2014-15 Elections to the Board of Directors. Elizabeth Wentz will become President-Elect and Fang Ren and Daniel Goldberg will each begin 3-year terms as members of the Board of Directors. These individuals will join a vibrant team of UCGIS leadership, including Steve Prager (University of Wyoming), who has assumed the role of President, and Laxmi Ramasubramanian (Hunter College), who transitioned to Past-President. These new terms began immediately following the UCGIS 2014 Symposium, held in Pasadena, California from May 19-21, 2014. 

Elizabeth Wentz is a Professor and the Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Since 1997, she has held a faculty appointment at ASU in the Department of Geography (1997-2005), the School of Geographical Sciences (2005-2008), and now the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (2009-present). Dr. Wentz’s research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of geographic technologies with particular emphasis on applying these tools to study and understand the urban environment. She teaches about geographic technologies as well as research design and proposal writing at the graduate level, which was the topic of her recent 2013 book (How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal, Sage Publications). She has also held leadership roles with the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the Southwest Region of the American Society for Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Daniel W. Goldberg is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M (TAMU) Department of Geography and the TAMU Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Goldberg’s research focuses on computational and database aspects of GIS development, including Web-, Mobile-, and Cyber-GIS with a domain focus in Health GIS. His teaching responsibilities include introductory classes on GIS and advanced classes on GIS databases and programming for desktop, mobile, and web at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Goldberg is the current Vice Chair of the AAG Geographic Information Science & Systems Specialty Group, and he joins UCGIS for his second term on the Board of Directors.

Fang Ren is an Associate Professor of Geographic Information Science at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California.  With her research she addresses questions in transportation and urban geography through the integration of fundamental theories and geographic information technologies. At Redlands, Dr. Ren teaches graduate courses on GIS fundamentals, spatial statistics and analysis, transportation, project concept and scope, and project implementation. Additional professional activities have included reviewing for the National Science Foundation’s Computing Research Infrastructure program and serving on the Education Committee for the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences.

The following individuals have just completed particular leadership roles with UCGIS. 

·        Tim Nyerges, University of Washington, Past-President

·        Sarah Battersby, University of South Carolina, Member, Board of Directors

·        E. Lynn Usery, US Geological Survey, Secretary

We thank them for their dedication and service, and are grateful for their continued involvement with UCGIS as individuals from affiliated member institutions.


UCGIS is a non-profit scientific and educational organization comprised of 60+ member and affiliate institutions. It was established in 1995 for the purposes of advancing research in the field of Geographic Information Science, expanding and strengthening multidisciplinary Geographic Information Science education, and advocating policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information and technologies, by building and supporting scholarly communities and networks.

UCGIS is a hub for the GIS research and education community in higher education and serves as a national and international voice to advocate for its members’ interests.


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