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ASPRS NorCal 2014-2015 Scholarships

The Pacific Southwest Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (formerly the Northern California and Southwest US Regions) is excited to offer three scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. One scholarship will be awarded to a student studying photogrammetry, one to a student in GIS, and one to a student studying Remote Sensing. Each award will consist of $1,000 and a one-year membership at the appropriate level, either the Associate or Student.

In order to be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be an active student member of ASPRS. A completed application and current transcript must be submitted for consideration no later than December 26, 2014. The application form is available below.



ASPRS NorCal Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 3

The ASPRS Northern California region is excited about the release of our third 2014 newsletter. Download it now to learn about the new Pacific Southwest Region, region scholarships, the October Symposium, and enter the historic aerial photo contest!


ASPRS Establishes the First UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course

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BETHESDA, Md., August 18, 2014 - The first mapping calibration test course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be established by ASPRS at the Reno Stead airport, an FAA-designated UAS test site. The course will include ground surveyed targets of varying height, radiometric targets, undulating surfaces, "surprise" targets, and simulated flight restricted areas. The first UAS flights of the test course will be conducted in conjunction with the UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO symposium on October 21-22, 2014 in Reno, Nevada.

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Recent Region News

Lots of exciting news happening for the NorCal region. The Northern California region was recently awarded the ASPRS region of the year for 2012. Our newsletter was awarded third place for 2012. NorCal region placed 2nd in the region sock drive. The team from American River College received many compliments on their GeoLeague Challenge presentation. Also, our region president Devin Kelley is the new chair of the Young Professionals Council.

ASPRS Certification Program Accredited by CESB

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) professional and technologist certification programs have each received accreditation from the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB voted to approve accreditation for the professional Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), Certified Mapping Scientist/Remote Sensing (CMS/RS) and Certified Mapping Scientist/GIS-LIS (CMS/GISLIS) programs, along with three related technologist certification categories - Photogrammetric Technologist, Remote Sensing Technologist and GIS/LIS Technologist.

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NorCal member receives Fellow Award

George Y. Lee and Charles Mondello have been named the 2013 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society's active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination. The awards will be given next March at the ASPRS 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

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