WLIA Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

The WLIA Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce they are now accepting applications for their 2012 Damon Anderson Memorial Scholarship Awards.   They will be awarding several $1,000 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic school year, along with a one year student membership to the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA).  Recipients will also receive recognition and free registration to the 2013 WLIA Annual Conference in Lake Geneva.

All interested individuals should send the completed application at the link below along with 2 letters of recommendation to WLIA by July 1st, 2012.


Applications will be evaluated on letters of recommendation, academic achievement, financial need, extracurricular activities, involvement in organizations, and the applicant’s thoughts/statements.  All scholarship recipients will be notified by August 1st, 2012.

All application materials should be mailed or emailed to:

Ann Barrett
Executive Service Manager
WLIA Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 389
Wild Rose, WI 54984


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Scholarship Committee Chair at (608) 265-8106.

ASPRS-WGL “Spotlight Series” Event: Remote Sensing at the UW Space Science and Engineering Center

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Western Great Lakes Region will be hosting the second event in their “Spotlight Series” on Wednesday May 23rd, 4:30-7:00.

Everyone is invited to a casual mixer including drinks and food at the UW-Madison Atomospheric, Oceanic, and Space Building, Room 351, located at 1225 W. Dayton Street. This spotlight series will feature brief presentations from Director of CIMSS Dr. Steve Ackerman and Dr. Sam Batzli. Presentations will begin around 4:45 and will be concluded with drinks, food, and a rooftop tour of the AOSS Building.

This is a great opportunity for students and industry professionals to mingle, learn about the work at AOSS, and hear about the benefits of ASPRS membership.

We hope to see you there!  Please RSVP to  by 5:00 p.m. on Monday May 21st.

Wednesday, May 23rd
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

UW Madison, AOSS Building
1225 W Dayton Street
Room 351

Lot 54: Free after 4:30
Union South Underground
Lot 16: Free after 4:30
Lot 17: Free after 4:30

Townsend lab seeks research support techs

The Townsend Lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology is seeking research support technicians to assist a vigorous environmental science/ecology research team. Up to three positions are available, including 1) data/database management; 2) remote sensing support; and 3) programming support. Position descriptions below are not mutually exclusive, so candidates with expertise across more than one description are encouraged to apply and indicate their experience in these areas.
Position Title, Appointment Type and Pay rate depend on qualifications and current status of applicant.  Appointment types can include:
a) undergraduate or graduate students (hourly position)
b) research intern (within one year of completing Master’s degree)
c) limited-term employee (all other candidates, hourly position)
Hours are flexible, but appointment is expected to be 20-hr per week, with potential for more hours during summer.  Applications received by June 1, 2012 will receive priority.  Position is available immediately.
Application procedure:  Please submit application by email to .  Subject line must include heading for one of the three positions listed below.  Send resume, names and contact information for three professional or academic references, and a short cover letter (which can be in the body of your email).

Data Support/Analysis Technician
This person will serve in a research environment supporting information systems to include database and GIS tasks to aid Townsend Lab technicians and post-doctorate associates conducting research. The Townsend lab uses field data, remote sensing and GIS to understand patterns of ecological processes in forests.  The duties are varied and the individual works under limited supervision.
Goal: A 100% Project assistance for Townsend Lab
Activity: A1: 40% Assist with processing of data using spreadsheet, database, statistics or GIS software
Activity: A2: 30% Data entry, documentation, metadata associated with data used
Activity: A3: 20% Produce tables, graphs, and maps from data for publications
Activity: A4: 10% Organize and inventory forest ecology/environmental science field equipment.
Knowledge: 1 Experience with PC spreadsheet or database software
Knowledge: 2 Knowledge of GIS and/or remote sensing software
Knowledge: 3 Knowledge of database organization
Knowledge: 4 Experience with a statistical/data graphing software

Remote Sensing/GIS Technician
This position will serve in a research provide laboratory support for remote sensing image processing, GIS and spectroscopic data collection to aid researchers in the Townsend lab.  The person will be responsible for manipulation of image data, as well as some data entry. The Townsend lab uses field data, remote sensing and GIS to understand patterns of ecological processes in forests. The duties are varied and the individual works under limited supervision.
Goal: A 100% Image/spectroscopy data processing and manipulation

Activity: A1: 50% Assist with processing of image and/or spectroscopy data using imaging processing or GIS software
Activity: A2: 25% Data entry associated with image data used
Activity: A3: 25% Produce maps from satellite images for publication
Knowledge: 1 Experience with remote sensing imagery
Knowledge: 2 Knowledge of image processing and/or GIS software, such as ArcMap or Erdas Imagine
Knowledge: 3 Experience with PC spreadsheet or statistics software

Programming Support Technician
This person will serve in a research environment by providing programming support to assist research in environmental sciences and ecology. Programming efforts are required for working with geospatial and image data. The Townsend lab uses field data, remote sensing and GIS to understand patterns of ecological processes.  The duties are varied and the individual works under limited supervision.
Goal: A 100% Research programming
Activity: A1: 50% Write programs or scripts to accomplish specific scientific objectives
Activity: A2: 50% Write programs or scripts to automate routine processing needs for image data
Knowledge: 1 Experience with one or more of the following programming environments: R, Python, Matlab, IDL
Knowledge: 2 Knowledge of GIS and/or remote sensing data

Summer 2012 Conservation GIS Position

Dr. Adena Rissman with the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology is seeking a qualified graduate or undergraduate student hourly position to support research efforts on society and the environment in the Yahara Watershed. This position is part of a National Science Foundation-funded Water Sustainability and Climate research effort.  To qualify, you must be a graduate or undergraduate student proficient in ArcGIS.  A background in environmental management, water quality, land use, climate change, environmental studies, geography, public policy, and/or environmental planning is desired.

Check out the posting on the State Cartographer’s Office Geospatial Jobs page for more information and application details.

Learn about GIS data preservation on March 12

Jaime Stoltenberg (Robinson Map Library) and AJ Wortley (State Cartographer’s Office) will speak at the next Second Monday Data Brownbag, Monday March 12 at noon in the SLIS Commons, fourth floor of Helen C. White Hall.  Learn how the Robinson Map Library and the State Cartographer’s Office are archiving geospatial data for use in research and teaching. Preservation of “at risk” and temporally significant digital geospatial content poses challenges:

  • Geospatial data layers containing information about land parcels, roads, and administrative boundaries change often.
  • Existing copies of these data are often at risk of being overwritten when updates or changes are made, and these superseded snapshots of data are then lost for future use and analysis.

Anyone interested in attending in person is asked to RSVP at http://bit.ly/vPfO9n.  You can also watch online: http://researchdata.wisc.edu/uw-stories/second-monday-data-brownbags/.

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners coming to Madison

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) recently announced their summer 2012 meeting will be held in Madison on the UW campus.  According to their Web site, ESIP  is a broad-based, distributed community of data and information technology practitioners who come together to collaborate on coordinated interoperability efforts across Earth science communities.  One of the newest “clusters” at ESIP includes the Geospatial Cluster (http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Geospatial), which is focused on leveraging collaboration of members for the advancement of improved access and integration of geospatial data. The summer meeting is focused on a theme of Innovation (based on the book “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators”):

  • Associating: drawing connections between questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields
  • Questioning: posing queries that challenge common wisdom
  • Observing: scrutinizing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things
  • Experimenting: constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge
  • Networking: meeting people with different ideas and perspectives

Details for the meeting are still being developed. For more information, contact at (301) 614-5036, or visit the ESIP Wiki.

Calling all students with Flash and Actionscript experience

 Dr. David Hart with the UW Sea Grant seeks a student with skills in Flash and ActionScript to make some updates to the Fox-Wolf Hydrologic Dashboard, an interactive website that integrates and visualizes distributed web services to support water resource management. You can explore the Fox-Wolf Hydrologic Dashboard as it is working now at http://indiemaps.com/hydrologicDashboard/.  If interested, please send a resume and a statement demonstrating your experience working with Flash to , GIS Specialist.