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March 1, 2005
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Marguerite Madden becomes ASPRS vice president for 2005; and more.

The results of the 2005 election have been tallied by the Tellers Committee and they reported that Marguerite Madden won the election over Stephen DeGloria to become ASPRS vice president for 2005. Once she is sworn in as president in 2007, Madden will be the sixth woman to hold that office since the Society was founded in 1934. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Karen Schuckman moves into the position of president; Kari Craun becomes president-elect, and Russell Congelton becomes past president. Madden is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS), Department of Geography, University of Georgia.

Paula Smit was elected as Assistant Director, Geographic Information Systems Division. Smit, a Senior Systems Engineer for the Raytheon Company's Intelligence and Information Systems in Aurora, Colorado, is currently assigned to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Program and the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP). Robert Eadie was elected as Assistant Director, Primary Data Acquisition Division. Robert Eadie is the Northeastern U.S. Manager of Intermap Technologies in Denver, Colorado. Paula Smit is a Senior Systems Engineer for the Raytheon Company's Intelligence and Information Systems in Aurora, Colorado

Over the past two years, Madden has served on the ASPRS Board of Directors as the GIS Division Director. Through this experience she says she gained an appreciation for the responsibilities and tasks undertaken by members of the ASPRS Executive Committee and the Directors of the Divisions and Regions, and has become familiar with ASPRS finances, topics of concern, and special interests. As an officer she plans to focus attention on raising the global visibility of ASPRS in universities and technical institutions throughout the world. Madden feels that ASPRS has worked hard to build financial security for the Society. Attention now must be paid to fostering the ASPRS Foundation with the goal of securing long-term funding for its awards and scholarships. Providing students with the means and incentive to participate in ASPRS conferences and workshops will enhance their academic careers, establish professional networks and provide an opportunity to present cutting-edge research in technical sessions attended by an international audience. It also will bring new ideas and energy to ASPRS.

Madden received her BA and MA degrees in Biology from the State University of New York in 1979 and 1984, respectively, and her PhD in Ecology from The University of Georgia in 1990. She began her career in geosciences in 1976 as a research assistant mapping wetlands in Lake Champlain from aerial photographs and in the early 1980s as a National Wetlands Inventory Analyst. In 1985, she began work at the CRMS on research projects involving remote sensing, photogrammetry, GIS, GPS and field surveying for environmental applications.

A member of ASPRS since 1984, Madden has participated in ASPRS conferences as a presenter and exhibitor of desktop mapping software since 1987. She has served ASPRS as the GIS Division Assistant Director (2000 2002), GIS Division Director (2002 2004) and Technical Co-Chair for the ASPRS Fall 2004 Conference. She is the ASPRS delegate to the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the ASPRS Correspondent for International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Commission IV, "Geodatabases and Digital Mapping." This year she started working on a new project as editor-in-chief of the ASPRS Manual of GIS.

Madden has served as ISPRS Secretary of Commission IV Working Groups 5, "Geographic Information Systems" (1988-1992) and WG IV/2, "Digital Terrain Models, Orthoimages and 3D GIS" (1996-2000). She was the Secretary of Commission IV, "Mapping and Geographic Information Systems" (1992 1996) and Chair and Co-Chair of WG IV/6 and IV/4, "Landscape Modeling and Visualization" (2000 2004 and 2004 2008). She served on the editorial board of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (1992 present), was co-editor of three special issues of the ISPRS Journal, and is now an ISPRS Journal associate editor specializing in papers on GIS and optical remote sensing. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her three children.

Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 7,000 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.

Source: ASPRS, Feb. 10, 2005

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