ABET accredits Idaho State geomatics and civil engineering programs; ASPRS doubles funding for three scholarships; St. Louis hosts final Lewis and Clark bicentennial event; GPS satellite launched from Cape Canaveral.

ABET Accredits Idaho State Geomatics and Civil Engineering Programs

This past August, the geomatics technology and civil engineering technology programs at Idaho State Uni-versity (ISU) received accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.

ISU, located in Pocatello, Idaho, offers a four-year geomatics technology program in an educational environment that introduces students to the latest in computers, software and surveying equipment, including electronic total stations, GPS receivers, data collectors and softcopy photogrammetric systems. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a bachelor of science degree in geomatics technology. Additionally, ISU offers a two-year civil engineering technology program that provides training on design software and surveying and soils testing equipment. Upon completion of the civil engineering program, graduates receive an associate of applied science degree.

To receive ABET accreditation, ISU's programs demonstrated their commitment to providing students with a quality education. One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is a continuous improvement requirement. To meet this requirement, the geomatics and civil engineering technology programs have specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates and assess their success at reaching those goals. The programs are then revised and improved based on the results of this ongoing assessment. For more information on ISU's geomatics and civil engineering programs, visitwww.isu.edu/ctech/technicaldepartment.shtml.

ASPRS Doubles Funding for Three Scholarships

The ASPRS Foundation Inc., an independent organization established by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, increased prize amounts for three ASPRS scholarships to be awarded in 2007.

The Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship, formerly worth $2,000, is now valued at $4,000. The purpose of this award is to encourage and commend college/university graduate students or post-doctoral researchers who display exceptional interest, desire, ability and aptitude in the field of remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies, and who have a special interest in developing practical uses of these technologies. The fellowship is named in honor of Robert Colwell, who developed a reputation as one of the world's most respected leaders in remote sensing, a field that he stewarded from the interpretation of aerial photographs during World War II to the advanced acquisition and analysis of many types of geospatial data from military and civilian satellite platforms.

Another scholarship that ASPRS doubled in value is the Paul R. Wolf Memorial Scholarship, which was increased to $1,000. The purpose of the Wolf award is to encourage and commend college students who display exceptional interest, desire, ability and aptitude to enter the profession of teaching surveying, mapping or photogrammetry. This scholarship honors Paul Wolf, who was an outstanding educator and practitioner of surveying, mapping and photogrammetry and an affiliate of ASPRS.

Additionally, ASPRS increased the Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship to $1,000. The purpose of the Osborn award is to encourage and commend college students who display exceptional interest, desire, ability and aptitude to enter the profession of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry or geospatial information and technology. As a professional cartographer with the USGS, Osborn made significant contributions to these fields.

The ASPRS Foundation provides grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental and commercial sectors. Applications for the 2007 scholarships are due to ASPRS by December 1, 2006; forms are available online atwww.asprs.org/membership/scholar.html.

Clark's grave at Bellefontaine Cemetery is a historic site related to the expedition. Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism.

St. Louis Hosts Final Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Event

On September 20-24, 2006, the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial hosted "Currents of Change," the final event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The nationwide series of commemorative events began in 2003 and culminated three years later with an event in St. Louis, which featured a two-day academic symposium, followed by a weekend of educational and entertaining events centered along the historical St. Louis riverfront.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with more than 20 other federal agencies, participated in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to learn more about the original expedition and to enhance cultural awareness. Tours to historic sites such as Fort Bellefontaine, Clark's grave, the Nez Perce Memorial and Cahokia Mounds, provided visitors with an opportunity to experience the significance of various sites related to the expedition. Additionally, throughout the event, speakers shared their views on the enduring issues raised by the story of Lewis and Clark, and provided students, families and visitors with new perspectives on American Indian culture, past and present.

GPS Satellite Launched From Cape Canaveral

On September 25, 2006, the second modernized GPS Block IIR-M satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force was launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Designated GPS IIR-15(M), this satellite will join the first modernized IIR spacecraft declared operational last year and 12 other operational Block IIR satellites currently on-orbit within the overall 29-spacecraft constellation.

The GPS IIR-M series of modernized spacecrafts will ultimately offer a variety of enhanced features for GPS users, such as a modernized antenna panel that provides increased signal power to receivers on the ground, two new military signals for improved accuracy, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the military and a second civil signal that will provide users with an open access signal on a different frequency.

Florida Society Recognizes Indian River County's Surveying Chapter

This past summer, the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) announced that the Indian River County's Surveying and Mapping Chapter received the 2006 Professional Development Award. The Florida society recognized the Indian River County's chapter for the implementation of its horizontal and vertical survey control projects, future GIS initiatives and pursuit of education for community leaders.

The educational program of the Surveying and Mapping Chapter includes a voluntary Certified Survey Technician (CST) program, which allows all surveying professionals to obtain certifications in their respective positions; regular Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) qualifications, which must be obtained by all field and supervisory staff; and the promotion of continuing education credits, training and support with advancements in technology, GIS, safety and environmental applications. With the 2006 award, FSMS acknowledged the endeavors of the Indian River County Surveying and Mapping Chapter as prominently providing an extensive service to the surveying and mapping profession.

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