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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)


Thomas BaerwaldTHOMAS J. BAERWALD. Senior Science Advisor (Geography and Spatial Sciences Program Director; Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program Director; Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Program Director), Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Science, National Science Foundation. Ph.D. and M.A., (University of Minnesota, 1978, 1975); B.A. (Valparaiso University, 1972).

Service to the AAG: Immediate Past President (2008-09), President (2007-08), Vice President (2006-07); National Councillor (2003-06); Finance Committee Member (1989-2002); Long-Range Planning Committee Chair (1986-89 and 2000-2003; co-chair in 2002-03); Middle Atlantic Division Chair (1995-96); West Lakes Regional Councillor (1985-88); Program Committee Chair and Field Trip Coordinator, AAG Annual Meeting (1986); Urban Geography Specialty Group Chair (1980-82).

Other Professional Service: National Councillor (1987-90) and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee (1989-91) of the National Council for Geographic Education.

Honors, Awards, Grants: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003); NSF Director's Superior Accomplishment Award (2001); NSF Director's Award for Management Excellence (1994 and 2001); AAG Distinguished Service Honors (1997); Valparaiso University, Alumni Achievement Award (1996); University of Minnesota Department of Geography, Ralph Hall Brown Prize (1974 and 1978). With respect to grants, the nature of my employment makes it better to give than to receive.

Research and Teaching Interests: Research interests include human-environment interactions; conduct of interdisciplinary research; urban and transportation geography; and geographic education.

Publications: World Geography secondary school textbook (co-authored with Celeste Fraser), initially published by Prentice Hall in 1991 with new editions appearing every two to three years, the most recent in 2007. Articles have appeared in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Geographical Review, Urban Geography, Journal of Geography, The Professional Geographer, Focus, Environments, BioScience, and other journals and magazines.


Wei LiWEI LI. Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the Asian Pacific American Studies / School of Social Transformation, and affiliated with Center for Asian Research, Center for Population Dynamics, and the North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University. Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 1997), MS (Peking University, China 1985), and BS (Beijing Normal College, China 1982).

Service to Geography: Elected as a member of AAG’s Honors Committee B (2006-2008); appointed as a member of AAG’s J. Warren Nystrom Award Committee (2012-2013), International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee (2005-2008), and Affirmative and Minority Status Standing Committee (2004-2006; co-chair 2006-2007). Board member of AAG’s EGSG (1996-2006) and its chair (2006-2008); the 2009 president of Population Specialty Group (a board member 2004-2010); member, AAG annual meeting Program Committee (2001-2002).Co-leader, Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA, 2006). Chair (2005) and member (2004, 2006), the Margaret Trussell Award Committee for the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG). Ad-hoc reviewer (2000-2004, 2008-2012) and DDRI review panelist (2009-2011), NSF’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Member, International Advisory Board, SpringerBriefs in Geography, Springer Science+Business Media (2011 – ); AAG Editorial Board, in collaborating on the Teaching with Data Project (2011); Editorial board, Geography Journal, (2012 – )

Honors, Awards, Grants: Distinguished Career Award; and Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnic Geography Special Group (EGSG; 2012); 2009 Book Award in Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies (2011); National Asia Research Associate, The National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2010-2011); Visiting Fulbright Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen's University (2006-2007); Nystrom Dissertation Award, AAG (1999).
Research funding include the US National Science Foundation, Canada-US Fulbright Foundation, and the Government of Canada, including projects analyzing financial institutions and immigrant community development in Canada and the United States, and studying the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on African American and Vietnamese American communities in New Orleans East.

Professional Experience: North America Director, the International Society of Studying Chinese Overseas (2010-2013); Member, International Steering Committee, the International Metropolis Project (2008 - ); the National Advisory Committee on Race, Ethnic and Other Populations, U.S. Census Bureau (2012 - ) and The Census Advisory Committee on the Asian Population, Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (REAC, 2003-2012; Vice Chair, 2004-2010; Chair 2010-2012).

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban ethnicity and ethnic geography, international migration and integration, financial sector and minority community development, highly-skilled migration and transnational connection. Others include Geography of Race/Ethnicity; GIS Applications in Geography and Ethnic Studies; Geography of the Pacific Rim; Comparative Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the Pacific Rim.

Publications: Author of Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America (2009); editor of From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: New Asian Communities in Pacific Rim Countries (2006; both from University of Hawaii Press); co-editor of Immigrant Geographies of North American Cities (2011; Oxford University Press); Landscape of Ethnic Economy (2006; Rowman and Littlefield), and theme issues of Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (2009) and GeoJournal (2007);. Another 98 journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly publications have appeared in journals such as Annals of Association of American Geographers; Environment and Planning A; GeoForum; Geographic Review; Urban Studies; Urban Geography; Social Science Research, and Journal of Asian American Studies.


Kamlesh LullaKAMLESH (KAM) LULLA. Chief Scientist for Earth Observations and Director, University Research Collaborations and Partnership at NASA Johnson Space Center. Adjunct Professor at University of Houston, Visiting Research Scholar at Environmental Institute of Houston and Visiting Scholar at University of Houston Clear Lake. Ph.D. (Indiana State University). Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (The M.S. University of Baroda, India). Postdoctoral Research at Institute of Aerial Surveys in the Netherlands. NASA Leadership training and management certifications.

Service to Geography: Chair of AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG); Editor for RSSG special issues including the AAG Centennial; Organized over 25 paper sessions and panel discussions for RRSG at annual AAG meetings; served as judge for RSSG sessions and paper competitions; Co-Chief Editor for journal focused on geographic applications of geospatial technologies Geocarto International for the past 25 years; Panelist and reviewer for NASA, NSF, and other agencies. Reviewer for Progress In Physical Geography, Physical Geography, The Professional Geographer, Remote Sensing of Environment, International Journal of Remote Sensing and GIS. IEEE Geosciences Remote Sensing. Consultant to geography and geospatial publishers, software developers and technology forecasters. Introduced Geography as a part of Earth Observations training for NASA astronauts who flew on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. Worked with National Geographic on space based Earth Observations projects and publications.

Honors, Awards, Grants: NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Earth Remote Sensing; NASA Certificate of Commendation; Federal Scientist of Year ( Houston Region); American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) selected as “Associate Fellow”; NASA Outstanding Performance Awards (20); NASA Group Achievement Awards (15); NASA Equal Opportunity Exceptional Achievement awards (4); Asian American Ellison Onizuka Medal for Science and Technology; AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group Outstanding Achievement Medal; American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Presidential Citation; Invited Guest editor for ASPRS special issues of (Journal) Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Indiana State University Distinguished Alumnus Award; The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation lectureship at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock; American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) Best Technical Paper Award; Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from India Center. Received numerous research grants over the years from NASA and other federal agencies for geospatial technology and remote sensing research.

Professional Experience: Completing 25th year at NASA. NASA Senior scientist for Earth Remote Sensing, NASA Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Earth Observations and Astronaut training in Earth Observations, Chief for NASA Earth Science Branch, Chief for NASA Flight Science for Earth observations and payloads; Director for NASA’s University Research Collaborations and Partnerships Office; Chair, NASA Asian American Diversity Council. Assistant Professor of Environmental sciences and ecology at The M S University of Baroda for five years before joining the faculty at Life Science Department as Visiting Professor at Indiana State University. Associate Professor in Geography and Geology at Indiana State University. Visiting Professor, Free University of Brussels.

Research and Teaching Interests: Geospatial technologies in global context (Remote Sensing, GIS, GPS, and related disciplines), development of optical sensors, information extraction technologies, data mining and decision support systems. Geospatial technology applications for humanitarian purposes (creating “Geographers without borders” ecosystem).

Publications and Websites: More than 200 publications- books, book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, editorials, reports and reviews. Selected Examples include:  "Dynamic Earth Environments: Remote Sensing Observations from Shuttle- Mir Missions" (book-John Wiley & Sons); "Costa Rica from Space" (book-UNO and Earth University Costa Rica); “Current Trends In Remote Sensing Education” (with Duane Nellis and Ray Lougeay book- Geocarto); “Hong Kong as seen from Space” (book-Geocarto) "Cities of the World as seen from Space.” Recently published book with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen and NASA’s Helen Lane “Wings in Orbit” that chronicles the research and innovations during the thirty years of Space Shuttle flights.


Dorothy SackDOROTHY SACK. Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Ph.D. (1988) University of Utah; M.S. (1981) University of Utah; B.A. (1977) with highest honors and a geology minor, San Diego State University.

AAG Service: History of Geography Specialty Group chair (2012-14); Geomorphology Specialty Group chair (2003-04), secretary-treasurer (2002-03), newsletter editor (2002-03), and board of directors member (2004-07); Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group secretary-treasurer and newsletter editor (1995-98); Archives and Association History Committee member (2006-08); AAG Nominating Committee member (2004-05); co-organizer of history of physical geography sessions for the AAG centennial meeting (2004) and guest editor of two special journal issues commemorating the centennial; student paper award judge at East Lakes regional meeting (2004); co-organizer of physical geography receptions and student paper award judge at multiple AAG meetings.

Other Service: Geological Society of America (GSA) Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division Governing Board member (2002-04), GSA research proposal reviewer, and GSA History of Geology Division Nominating Committee member and chair (1998-01); History of Earth Sciences Society treasurer (1995-01) and Nominating Committee chair and member (2004-06); editorial board member for Geomorphology, Physical Geography, and Earth Sciences History; reviewer of numerous articles, Quaternary geologic maps, and grant proposals for various journals and agencies; guest editor of journal special issues; leader and co-leader for Utah Geological Survey, Geological Society of America, and Great Basin Aquatic History symposium field trips; organizer, co-organizer, and chair of various meeting and symposia paper sessions.

Honors, Awards: Geological Society of America Gladys Cole Research Award, Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, research grants from NSF, National Geographic Society, AAG, Geological Society of America, U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Geological Survey, Petroleum Research Fund, and others. Invited speaker at three Binghamton Geomorphology symposia and the Great Basin Aquatic History symposium and invited participant at the Penrose History of Geology symposium.

Research and Teaching Interests: Arid lands, Quaternary coastal, and fluvial geomorphology; Quaternary geomorphology, stratigraphy, and spatiotemporal analysis of relict landforms and deposits of Lake Bonneville and other desert basin paleolakes for paleoenvironmnetal and paleoclimatic reconstruction; Quaternary and historic landscape evolution in mountain and basin deserts; alluvial fan and dune field dynamics; history of nineteenth and twentieth century American geomorphology, G.K. Gilbert; geomorphic and environmental impacts of off-road vehicles in desert and mid-latitude forest settings. Introductory and advanced physical geography, principles of geomorphology, arid lands physical geography, arid lands geomorphology, history of geography and geographic thought, introduction to statistics in geography, air photo interpretation, climate change, and seminars in paleolake, arid, fluvial, human-impact, and Quaternary geomorphology.

Publications: Co-author of Physical Geography (2012) and Fundamentals of Physical Geography (2011) with J.F. Petersen and R.E. Gabler; co-editor of Foundations of Geomorphology (2013), Vol. 1, Treatise on Geomorphology; author and co-author of several peer-reviewed Quaternary geologic maps (Utah Geological Survey), numerous research articles on Lake Bonneville, the history of geomorphology, women in geomorphology, and a wide range of other geomorphic investigations published in Geomorphology, Quaternary Research, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, The Professional Geographer, Physical Geography, Palaeogeography-Palaeoclimatology-Palaeoecology, Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Geography, Smithsonian Contributions to Earth Science, and in multiple peer-reviewed edited volumes, including Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium volumes.