Wright receives teaching honors
Esri’s chief scientist, Dawn J. Wright has received the Distinguished Teaching Honors of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the highest award offered by the association. Esri provides more than 7,000 universities worldwide with GIS software for teaching and research.
AAG honors for 2013 were conferred on Wright April 13 at the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles during a special awards luncheon. This is the second time in the past year that AAG has recognized Wright’s contributions to science and education. She also received the organization’s Presidential Achievement Award for making long-standing and distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography.
“AAG has been a force in advancing geographic science,” Wright. said “I am inspired by my fellow professors who are using geographic technologies in the classroom to help students understand the world’s diverse cultures, environments, and challenges. These educators are laying the foundation for the next generation to design plans for a more balanced, harmonious planet.”
While serving as Esri’s chief scientist, Wright retains her position as professor of geosciences at Oregon State University. She views herself as a scientist working within and between the areas of geographic information science, marine science, and ocean informatics. She is a leader in her outreach to a larger community, including her interactions with schoolchildren and her interest in encouraging more young women to pursue careers in science. Wright’s professional seagoing experience is remarkable and affords her the opportunity to bring firsthand experience into the classroom, a critical element of successful teaching.
Barth named Fellow by Oceanography Society
Jack Barth was named 2013 Fellow by The Oceanography Society. He is recognized for his contributions and sustained leadership in all aspects of continental shelf oceanography, and for his commitment to community service. The TOS Fellow award recognizes individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography or its applications during a substantial period of years.
Barth is Professor of Physical Oceanography and Associate Dean for Research at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He will be formally recognized during the Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 23–28, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii.