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February 7, 2012
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The ASPRS announced Kari J. Craun and Herbert W. Stoughton as the 2012 ASPRS Fellow Award winners, and Russell G. Congalton as the recipient of the 2012 SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award.

The ASPRS announced Kari J. Craun and Herbert W. Stoughton as the 2012 ASPRS Fellow Award winners, and Russell G. Congalton as the recipient of the 2012 SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award.

The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active society members who have performed excep¬tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro¬fessional excellence and for service to the society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination. This year’s awards will be given in March at the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Kari J. Craun is currently the director of the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). She manages a 230-person organization (including both government and on-site contract staff) with an annual budget of approximately $40 million, including both appropriated and reimbursable funding sources. The NGTOC performs a wide range of functions in support of maintaining a seamless, current, nationally consistent coverage of base geospatial data for the United States. The Center also develops digital and graphic products, including USGS topographic maps and The National Atlas digital and graphic products. It manages several broadly-scoped contract mechanisms for acquisition of geospatial products and services through the commercial sector. NGTOC also conducts geographic, cartographic, and information research, geospatial data production, information management, and data and information dissemination for a wide variety of customers. As director of NGTOC, Craun makes frequent contact with senior executives within USGS, state and local government officials, representatives from other Federal agencies, private sector CEO-level employees, and Congressional representatives and staff.

Prior to her appointment as NGTOC director, Craun served as the chief of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Partnership office for the USGS Central Region, supervising USGS geospatial liaisons to 15 states in the central U.S. These liaisons develop partnerships for acquiring and sharing geospatial data across organizational boundaries. She also served as chief and assistant chief of the Mid-Continent Mapping Center (MCMC), the predecessor organization to the NGTOC, and led the National Mapping Program Branch responsible for the development of geodetic and survey standards and associated technology.

Craun participated in the 4-year USGS effort to exchange information about the management of a national-scale mapping program with the Chinese national mapping organization, the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping and represented the United States at the Cambridge Conference in 2009, an international meeting of the directors of national mapping organizations around the world. She served as the USGS representative on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recommend ways to improve the accuracy, accessibility and usability of Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Craun has been recognized repeatedly for her accomplishments, including the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, and numerous special achievement and performance awards.

Craun has been an active member of ASPRS since 1987, serving as its president during 2006-2007. Prior to her election as ASPRS vice president in 2004, she served as a national director for ASPRS Central Region from 2000-2004, and was the president of the ASPRS Central Region in 2001. She was the conference co-director for the 2001 Annual ASPRS Conference in St. Louis, and was elected to serve on the ASPRS Executive Committee. She was the 2007 recipient of ASPRS’ Claude Birdseye Award, and is currently serving on the ASPRS Central Region Board. She convened two workshops following hurricanes Katrina and Rita during ASPRS conferences in San Antonio and Tampa to coordinate recommendations for improved geospatial emergency response. These recommendations were published in PE&RS in late 2006/early 2007. She also co-authored the Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products.

She is currently president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), a small non-profit professional society serving approximately 350 members and with an annual budget of $150,000. The mission of CaGIS is to support research, education and practice in cartography and GIS in order to improve the understanding, creation, analysis and use of maps and geographic information, thus enabling effective decision-making and ultimately improving the quality of life. CaGIS provides for the exchange of original concepts, techniques, approaches and experiences by those who design, implement and use cartography, geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies. CaGIS has been a long-time Member Organization of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), but separated from ACSM, effective in 2011. Craun is leading the newly independent CaGIS during its first year as an autonomous professional organization. Prior to her current leadership position in CaGIS, Craun was instrumental in the coordination and conduct of the joint CaGIS/ASPRS AutoCarto2010-Fall 2010 ASPRS conference. Based on the success of the 2010 conference, CaGIS and ASPRS are planning to work together in the future on another jointly- sponsored fall conference, possibly in 2013.

For the past three decades Herbert Warren Stoughton has been a teacher, consultant and expert witness in numerous matters relating to the use and application of photogrammetric generated data. Stoughton earned his BSE (Civil Engineering), MSE (Geodetic Engineering) and PhD (Civil Engineering) degrees at the University of Michigan. After earning his baccalaureate degree, Stoughton worked on photogrammetric mapping projects, and the large municipal utility - the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD of SC). This latter assignment introduced Stoughton to all the aspects of contract monitoring and contract quality control assessment for surveying and mapping products. He joined ASPRS in 1962, and in 1969, Stoughton returned to the University of Michigan for graduate studies. He completed two photogrammetric studies in cooperation with graduate students in the College of Dentistry, employing photogrammetric principles to study dental issues. He wrote the analytical photogrammetric computer programs and tutored the graduate students in how to reduce and evaluate the numerical results for their investigations.

Stoughton taught surveying at the State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred, teaching himself how to set up and maintain stereoplotters. The institution had five stereoplotters designed and built by four different organizations, including an experimental prototype from the U.S. Army Topographic Command. He constructed a photogrammetry teaching laboratory for the stereoplotters and a mono-comparator. His only sources of information were a series of photographs (including the ASP Manual of Photogrammetry). His work and credentials earned him the ASP Certified Photogrammetrist (No. 302).

In 1980, Stoughton joined the Defense Mapping Agency Geodetic Survey Squadron where he was called upon to evaluate photogrammetric products to support Department of Defense weapon systems geodetic requirements. His first assignment, as a project manager, was to develop a field survey program to support the calibration of the SR-71 on-board photographic sensor hardware. His procedure reduced the estimated manpower requirement from one man year to less than one man month. Stoughton introduced multi-quadric interpolation which was used to estimate (interpolate) values of gravity, deflections of the vertical, point datum transformations, contouring and co-location using irregularly spaced data. At the time, he wrote and published a monograph for surveyors on the principles of photo identification and paneling for photogrammetric mapping. For several years, he has presented seminars on the role of the land surveyor in photogrammetric mapping, addressing the issues of writing technical contract specifications as well as assessments of acceptability of photogrammetric mapping products and issues relating to quality control, litigation, negotiation and arbitration.

Since the late 1980s, Stoughton has been a subject matter expert in litigation about mapping and photogrammetric products. His command of the history of topographic and photogrammetric mapping has been sought by attorneys involved in complex litigation. For the past several years, Stoughton has served on the review sub-committee for the ASPRS Evaluation for Certification Committee.

The ASPRS also announced Russell G. Congalton, a professor of Remote Sensing and GIS at the University of New Hampshire, as the recipient of the 2012 SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award. The SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award was inaugurated in 2003 and is named in honor of Professor John E. (“Jack”) Estes, teacher, mentor, scientist and friend of the ASPRS. This award is designed to recognize individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and GIS technology. Award recipients are chosen based on documented excellence in education, teaching, mentoring and training. The recipient receives a presentation plaque and a $2,000 award.

Congalton’s research focuses on spatial data uncertainty, accuracy analysis and the application of remote sensing methods to natural resource science issues.

In addition to his university teaching responsibilities and graduate advising in remote sensing and GIS, Congalton served as director of NASA's GLOBE Program, as the ASPRS National Workshop Director and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS). His other editorial work includes Associate Editorship of Remote Sensing and GIS, and previously, the Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.

Congalton has been very involved in the leadership of ASPRS, serving in several senior positions in the society at both the National and Regional levels. He served as president in 2004-2005, and was elected as a Fellow of ASPRS in 2007. Congalton is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including ASPRS Presidential Citations, Outstanding Service Awards, several Best Paper awards and the University of New Hampshire Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.

The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 21 at the ASPRS 2012 Annual Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

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