The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is pleased to announce its inaugural Service Award. The UCGIS Service Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth, development and ongoing success of the organization.
For the first Service Award, the UCGIS Board of Directors has chosen in 2014 to recognize two individuals, Dr. Timothy Nyerges and Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, who have both provided vital and sustained contributions to the success of the organization.
Professor Timothy Nyerges, University of Washington, is recognized for his consistency and tenacity in his contributions to UCGIS. Professor Nyerges has served UCGIS in the capacity of Research Committee Chair, Vice President, President, and Past President. Professor Nyerges continues now to contribute to the organization as its treasurer and as advisor to the Executive Committee. His diligent efforts have helped the organization to thrive and to continue to be viewed as the premier organization for GIScience in the United States.
Professor Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Hunter College, recently completed her term as President of UCGIS and is now serving the organization as Past President. Professor Ramasubramanian has tirelessly served the organization during a time of restructuring and renewal. Professor Ramasubramanian has also served UCGIS as Secretary, a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President. Through her diplomatic and consultative style, her inclusive view of GIScience, and her strategic planning skills, Professor Ramasubramanian has positioned the organization for a successful future.
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.