Nominees for SAM Officer Positions (2006 – 2009)
Nominee for Chair: Mark Horner
W. Horner earned the Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University
where he was honored with the Willard and Ruby S. Miller fellowship for
Outstanding Geography Graduate Student (2002). Mark was also honored as
finalist for the AAG Nystrom award in
currently serves as assistant professor of geography at The Florida
University, and has held appointments at
Mark’s research focuses on spatial analysis issues in geographic information science, transportation, and urban geography. Mark has authored or coauthored 17 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 refereed book chapters, and 11 refereed conference proceedings. His work has appeared in Geographical Analysis, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning B, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Geographical Systems, Regional Studies, Transportation, and other such outlets. He has authored or coauthored over 25 papers presented at professional conferences.
Mark has had a longstanding interest in the analysis of urban systems. His dissertation research focused on the spatial modeling of commuting and land use patterns in US cities. Recently, he was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to explore issues in spatial modeling for hurricane disaster relief.
Mark served as webmaster for SAM from 2000-2002, and board member of SAM from 2003-2006. During these years, Mark has organized and chaired several SAM-sponsored paper sessions.
The mission of SAM is ‘to foster and maintain interaction, cooperation and community among individuals interested in the analysis of geo-referenced data, modeling of spatio-temporal processes and the use of analytical and computational techniques in solving geographic problems.’ As chair, I will work to ensure that SAM continues to fulfill its mission by encouraging interaction, exchange, and cooperation with the AAG community.
First and foremost, it is important for SAM to promote scholarly endeavors in the AAG community. For example, SAM has had a great deal of success with its graduate student and emerging scholar paper competitions. I would like to explore the possibility of expanding our paper competitions to also include undergraduate research in SAM. In this regard, I foresee SAM taking a more active role in encouraging quality undergraduate scholarship.
Past SAM chairs have organized a myriad of diverse and interesting paper sessions at AAG meetings over the years. I wish to continue this practice by building on strong linkages with other AAG specialty groups with whom SAM members tend to interact (e.g., GISSG, Transport Geography SG, etc.). I will also be continuously on the lookout for ways of broadening SAM’s purview through new interactions with other AAG specialty groups and their members. In short, I will strive to ensure that SAM is a part of new and exciting cross-cutting developments in the modeling community and beyond.
hope to discuss these and other ideas for the direction of SAM with you
business meeting in
Nominee for Chair: Fahui Wang
Services to the SAM: He has served as the Vice-Chair/Treasurer of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG), since March 2004. His main responsibilities include assisting the chair in various capacities, overseeing the finance of the SG, and organizing the annual SAM Student Paper Competition and Emerging Scholar Paper Competition.
Vision Statement for the SAM: As the chair, I will continue to serve SAM responsibly. I will emphasize five continuing practices and two new action items.
The five continuing practices include:
(1) sponsoring (organizing) and co-sponsoring SAM sessions at the annual AAG conferences (including the SAM plenary speaker session);
(2) promoting and organizing the annual SAM Student Paper Competition and Emerging Scholar Paper Competition;
(3) promoting communications among members and participation of members in SAM affairs through organizing the SAM business meetings, the award luncheon and informal gatherings at the annual AAG conferences;
(4) maintaining the quality of communication channels (listserv, website, quarterly newsletter, etc.); and
(5) using the SAM fund responsibly to promote agendas beneficial to SAM members.
The two new action items are:
(1) encouraging the Board Members and involved SAM members to organize SAM-sponsored sessions, member gatherings and other events in AAG regional conferences to enhance communications among members at the local level; and
(2) seeking opportunities to edit special issues for journals or books based on SAM sessions at the annual AAG (including regional) conferences.
Nominee for Board Member: Lan Mu
Lan Mu (mulan) is
assistant professor of Geography at the
multiplicatively weighted Voronoi diagrams, using geometric approaches to study the
She envisions SAM as the research and education router for AAG members who are interested in spatial analysis and modeling. This router is our gateway to communicate, to share, and most importantly, to broadcast information and ideas to not only our specialty group members, but also to the geography community at large.
Nominee for Board Member: Darla Munroe
Darla Munroe, Ph.D. in
Nominee for Board Member: Raja R. Sengupta
Sengupta has been an Assistant Professor in
of Geography at
both GIScience (Agents and Spatial Decision Support Systems) and Water Resource Management. To date, he has authored or co-authored 8 journal articles and 5 book chapters on a variety of Spatial Analysis topics, including Temporal GIS, Agent-based modelling and Spatial Data Mining. He has been a member of both the GIS and SAM speciality groups of the AAG since 1998, and from 2002-2004, he served as the elected AAG GIS Speciality Group Representative to the UCGIS.
Generally, SAM is seen as a specialist group catering to a small audience of individuals interested in locational or spatial statistical modelling. My vision of SAM, however, would be that it becomes the forum of choice for users of a variety of spatial analysis tools, including models of both physical and socio-economic processes. As a member of the board, I would hope to convince the GIScience community (which I have served as their representative to UCGIS) of the relevance of SAM to a larger set of individuals with interests in spatial modelling. This field of research (e.g., agent-based modelling) is growing and would significantly enhance the membership base of SAM in the future. Towards this goal, I plan to become active in advocating and promoting SAM as the group of choice for the next generation of spatial modellers.