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Faculty Awards - Outstanding Faculty Award in Research Creative Achievement

Dr. Kate Beard-Tisdale is an internationally renowned researcher in Geographic Information Science, recognized for her research on cartographic generalization, visualization of spatial data quality and digital spatial libraries. She was an initial member of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, leading research initiatives on Multiple Representations and Visualization of Spatial Data Quality. Her research activities have involved numerous interdisciplinary collaborations leading to successful grants. A collaboration with geneticist Carol Bult led to an NSF grant on Spatial Genomics and collaborative research with physical oceanographers led to two NSF grants. She received grants from the Geospatial Intelligence Agency for research on spatial data uncertainty and knowledge management of time varying information, and a DOD grant on cancer research with the Jackson Lab and Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health. In collaboration with the Laboratory for Surface Science, she received an IGERT grant for PhD training in Sensor Science, Engineering and Informatics. Over her career she has contributed to over 36 funded research grants, totaling over $10 million.  Beard-Tisdale has 47 refereed publications in journals ranging from Information Visualization, to Sensors, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, to Health Physics and Digital Libraries.  She has served as major advisor for 7 completed PhD students and 34 MS students, served on the committees of 21 completed PhD students in her home department and served on 23 PhD committees and 9 MS committees outside her department. During this time she also served as Chair of Spatial Information Science and Engineering for eight years and she regularly teaches courses on Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information System Applications.



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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
100 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1954
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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