The AAG Cartography Special Group presented cartography students with three sets of awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the AAG in New York.
The 2012 AAG-CSG Honors Student Paper Competition was held on Friday, 2/24 and was well-attended by AAG-CSG members. Four students were identified as finalists and received reimbursement for their AAG registration as well as a book of their choosing from Esri Press; the 1st Place recipient was awarded an extra $100 prize. In addition to the presentations, students received journal-like reviews on their work by three judges and were encouraged to submit a revised manuscript for publication in Cartographic Perspectives. Presenters and titles included:
- 1st Place: Nick Perdue (Michigan State) Mapping Personal Living Space: Rethinking Urban Populations [abstract] [example maps]
- Finalist: Raechel Bianchetti (Penn State) Visualization Variables in Cartography and Aerial Photo Interpretation [abstract]
- Finalist: Shaun Fontanella (Ohio State) Teaching Geography with GIS Based Games [abstract]
- Finalist: Owen Mo (Cal State) Mapping Potential Metro Rail Ridership in Los Angeles County [abstract]
The 2012 Illustrated Paper Competition, jointly managed by the Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing Specialty Groups, also was held on Friday, 2/24. There were six posters accepted as finalists into the competition; the top three posters received monetary awards of $500, $250, and $150. Presenters and titles included:
- 1st Place: Andrew Shatz, John Rogan, Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberg, and Hao Chen (Clark): Creating and Analyzing a Time Series of Species Distribution Models: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Worchester County, MA [abstract]
- 2nd Place: Marion Clement, Kae Yamane, and James K. Mitchell (Rutgers): The Shantytown Mapping Project: Google Earth in the Study of Urban Shantytowns [update]
- 3rd Place: Shanshan Cai and Desheng Liu (Ohio State): Combining Object-based Classification Approach with Pixel-based Contextual Classification on Airborne High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery [abstract]
- Finalist: Jorge V. Bajo (SUNY-Buffalo) Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques to Help with Community Mitigation and Volcanic Hazard Mapping [abstract]
- Finalist: Lu Liang, Yan Lei Chen, and Peng Gong (UC-Berkeley) New Global Ecoregions for Land Cover Characterization [abstract]
- Finalist: Xianwei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Peng Gong (Tsinghua University) Lake Water-level Changes of 56 Large Lakes in China from 2003 to 2009 Based on ICESat/GLAS Data [abstract]
Finally, winners of the 2012 National Geographic Award in Mapping were announced at the Cartography Specialty Group Business Meeting. There were a large number of submissions to this year’s competition from nearly twenty different institutions; the 1st and 2nd place winners received monetary awards of $900 and $600 respectively while honorable mentions received maps from National Geographic.
- 1st Place: Sarah Graves (UW-Madison) The Value of America’s Forests [full map]
- 2nd Place: Brad Carter (Ryerson) Broken Windows and Violent Crime in Philadelphia [full map]
- Honorable Mention: Dongsei Kim (Harvard) The Demilitarized Zone: Redrawing the 151 mile border between North and South Korea [full map]
- Honorable Mention: David Himelman (Harvard) NORCs in NYC! [full map]
- Honorable Mention: Pat Moriearty (UW-La Crosse) Global Unrest: The Face of a Changing World [full map]
The Cartography Specialty Group wishes to thank all students, advisors, and judges involved in the 2012 competitions; highly quality work was displayed across all three student outlets.
Please contact Robert Roth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about 2013 competitions as we grow closer to the meeting in Los Angeles.