PAIGH United States National Section Member Biographies
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Mr. Payne was Executive Secretary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (1993-2006); now emeritus, he is a rehired part-time employee at the U.S. Geological Survey. He was also Manager of the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the nation's official automated geographic names repository (1979-2006). He has a Masters Degree in Geography and a Bachelors Degree in Geography and History with additional post graduate training in linguistics, cartography, and history. He has served as adjunct faculty at four major universities, and is also the principle instructor and director of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History's toponymic program (1993-present). He was editor of The National Gazetteer of the United States (conventional and digital) from 1982 to 2006, and has authored four user's manuals for the use and compilation of geographic names as well as two books and two chapters in larger publications. He has written more than 70 book reviews (including children's books). Mr. Payne also served as permanent delegate from the United States to the United Nations' Group of Experts on Geographical Names (1987-2006, delegation head from 1993-2006). Mr. Payne has a mountain, 10,000 feet plus in Antarctica named for him, and is a member of the Cosmos Club, as well as a Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Betty Elaine Smith
Betty Elaine Smith is a professor of geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at Eastern Illinois University. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, an M.A. in Geography and Environmental Planning from California State University Chico and a B.A. in Geography from University of California Davis. She teaches large sections of Cultural Geography where she enjoys the enthusiasm of lively and diverse students. She also teaches Senior Seminar Spaceship Earth: The State of the Planet in which environmental issues are discussed and debated. She enjoys teaching Urban Geography, Land Use Planning, Geography and Culture of Middle America and Geography and Culture of South America. Since coming to Eastern Illinois University in 1995 she has authored over 20 scholarly articles and presented papers at many national and international conferences. She enjoys including students in her research in Ecuador and most recently in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. She has led nine summer study abroad trips to the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands of Ecuador
David S. Salisbury
David S. Salisbury is an Associate Professor of geography, environmental studies, and international studies in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Richmond. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Latin American studies and tropical conservation and development from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Spanish literature from Middlebury College. Dr. Salisbury’s focus on reconciling conservation and development began when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Since 1997 his research has focused on the Amazon borderlands shared by Brazil and Peru. His publications have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish and focus on transboundary topics such as military settlement projects, drug trafficking, indigenous homelands, and natural resource management. A member of the U.S. National Section’s Geography Commission since 2009, Dr. Salisbury is currently the principal member of the commission’s research committee. Dr. Salisbury is the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright fellowship in Peru, the University of Richmond’s 2009-10 International Education Award, and a 2012 PAIGH grant he used to successfully lead a transboundary mapping and capacity building workshop with Brazilian and Peruvian colleagues.