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Scheduled Speakers and Guests

      (in alphabetical order, by date of appearance)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

speaker photograph Deanna Archuleta, Dept. of the Interior

Deanna Archuleta is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior. As one of two Deputies in Water and Science, she works with Assistant Secretary Anne Castle to oversee the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. From January 2008 to April 2009, Ms. Archuleta served as board chair of the Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) Water Utility, overseeing the completion of the San Juan Chama Drinking Water Project, one of the largest treatment facilities in the United States. Ms. Archuleta also won two terms as a county commissioner in Bernalillo County, and was elected to serve as the chair of the commission in 2009, where she focused on economic development, health care, safety and quality of life initiatives, working to encourage local and national businesses to invest resources in the county, creating local jobs and stimulating the economy.

Before her appointment to the Department, Ms. Archuleta was the Southwest Regional Director for the Wilderness Society, engaging with local, state and federal elected officials as well as a wide variety of stakeholder groups to establish wild land protection throughout the region. She also served on President Barack Obama's Transition Team in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Archuleta received a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2000 and is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Sociology at UNM. She received a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Communications from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1997.

speaker photograph Mark DeMulder, U.S. Geological Survey

Mark DeMulder is the Director of the USGS, National Geospatial Program, spanning the bureau's topographic mapping and digital data programs.

Prior to his return to the USGS in 2008, he served as Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Architect, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he directed enterprise level architecture and engineering strategies within the National System for Geospatial Intelligence and the NGA corporate enterprise. His earlier career expertise in geospatial science and national mapping issues include Chief of the Data Policy and Standards Branch in the National Mapping Division of the USGS and where he was the driving force leading the initial design and implementation of The National Map. Preceding experience includes Chief of the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center's Photogrammetry Branch, and as an Imagery Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. DeMulder holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. Degree from George Mason University, both in Geography. He also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Federal Executive Institute. He has completed the Department of the Interior's Senior Executive Service Career Development Program. Career highlights include the Open Geospatial Consortium's Vision Award for his work to advance the international geospatial community, the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Science at George Mason University, and selection by the U.S. Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to serve as President of the U.S. National Section to the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, a specialized organization of the OAS.

Mr. DeMulder resides in Springfield, Virginia, with his family. His primary interest outside of work and family is in classical guitar music, which he does his best to play.

speaker photograph Kevin Gallagher, U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Gallagher serves as the Associate Director, Core Science Systems and oversees the USGS' Geologic Mapping, Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation, Geospatial, Biological Information, and Science Informatics Programs as well as the world's largest Earth Science Library.

From 2002-2010, Mr. Gallagher served as the USGS Chief Information officer and Chief Technology Officer where he oversaw the operation of information technology systems and networks supporting bureauwide computing and telecommunications.

Before joining the USGS, Mr. Gallagher held a number of information technology and management positions at various Federal agencies, including Chief, Operations Division, U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center, where he oversaw the development and operations of computer systems supporting Search and Rescue, Environmental Protection, Marine Safety, and Law Enforcement; and Software Developer with the Department of the Navy and Naval Research Laboratory, where he developed computer applications supporting Research and Development and Environmental Preparedness, Prevention and Response.

Mr. Gallagher holds a Master of Science, Information Systems degree from Syracuse University, a Chief Information Officer Certificate from the National Defense University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from James Madison University. He has also completed the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.

speaker photograph Alison Gannett

Great-niece of Henry Gannett, Alison Gannett has followed in her Great Uncle's footsteps. She is an adventurous global explorer, World Champion Extreme Skier, Founder of The Save Our Snow Foundation, and an award-winning global cooling consultant. In 2010, Ski Magazine named her "Ski Hero of the Year", while Outside Magazine named her "Green All-Star of the Year", next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An accomplished ski mountaineer and American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) guide, with a plethora of worldwide 1st descents, she also photo documents climate change globally as an environmental scientist.

Most importantly, she trains individuals, businesses and governments on her cost-saving, four-step climate change solutions framework, including Al Gore's Climate Project team, Fortune 500 companies and businesses around the world, the ski and outdoor industries, school districts, and the US Congress.


speaker photograph Marcia McNutt, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. McNutt is responsible for leading the Nation's largest water, earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency in its mission to provide the scientific data that enable decision makers to create sound policies for a changing world.

Dr. McNutt previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, CA. Dr. McNutt has participated in 15 major oceanographic expeditions and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages. She has published 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Her research has ranged from studies of ocean island volcanism in French Polynesia to continental break-up in the Western United States to uplift of the Tibet Plateau.

She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded by the American Geophysical Union the Macelwane Medal in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.

speaker photograph Frederick Reuss

Frederick Reuss is the author of five novels: Horace Afoot (1997), a New York Times Notable Book; Henry of Atlantic City (1999), awarded the Notable 2000 prize by the American Library Association, and The Wasties (2002). Of the critically acclaimed, Mohr (2006), Booker Prize winner, John Berger wrote: "His aerialist's sense of history, his sleight of hand, his animal knowledge of political practice, his silver tact and his cool tenderness make his performance nothing less than Orphic." Richard Eder of the New York Times wrote: "Painful and beautiful...Reuss...writes with Jamesian complexity about states of mind and character...with brilliant understanding and a painter's rich detail." His most recent novel, A Geography of Secrets, addresses secrecy in public and private life in present day Washington. It was named a best book of 2010 by the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C.



Friday, May 13, 2011

speaker photograph Barbara Buttenfield, University of Colorado, Boulder

Barbara P. Buttenfield, Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She teaches courses in Geographic Information Science, Computer Cartography, and Geographic Information Design. Her research interests focus on data delivery on the Internet, visualization tools for environmental modeling, map generalization, and interface usability testing. She has worked intensively with librarians and information scientists to develop Internet-based tools to browse and retrieve information for very large spatial data archives. She led the User Interface Evaluation team for the first four years of the Alexandria Digital Library Project, in collaboration with the University of California - Santa Barbara. She spent several months in residence at the Library of Congress Geography & Map Division while on sabbatical at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Mapping Division in Reston, Virginia (1993-1994). She was an original Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), leading research initiatives on "Multiple Representations", "Formalizing Cartographic Knowledge", and "Visualizing Spatial Data Quality".

Dr. Buttenfield is a Past President of the American Cartographic Association, and a Fellow of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). She was a member of the National Research Council's Mapping Science Committee 1992-1998. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Cartography and GIS; Transactions in GIS; and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Journal.

speaker photograph Joel D. Scheraga, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Joel Scheraga is the Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation in EPA's Office of Policy in the Office of the Administrator. He is helping EPA integrate considerations of climate change into its programs, regulations, and operations to ensure they are effective under future climatic conditions. He is leading EPA's new Work Group on Climate Change Adaptation Planning which is charged with developing and implementing a climate change adaptation plan for the Agency. He also represents EPA on the federal Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, established by Executive Order in October 2009 to develop recommendations for President Obama on how the nation might adapt to climate change impacts.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Scheraga served as the National Program Director for EPA's Global Change Research Program in the Office of Research and Development from 1998-2009. He participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Scheraga is a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is an ex-officio member of the National Research Council Climate Change Education Roundtable. He was Lead Author of the Human Health chapter of the State of Maryland's Phase II Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, released in January 2011.

Dr. Scheraga received an A.B. degree in Geology-Mathematics/Physics from Brown University in 1976, an M.A. in Economics from Brown University in 1979, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University in 1981.

speaker photograph Larry Sugarbaker, U.S. Geological Survey

Larry Sugarbaker is the National Geospatial Program, Senior Advisor for the U.S. Geological Survey. Mr. Sugarbaker works on National Map policy formulation and new initiatives. He has led major studies to understand customer requirements for The National Map and is currently leading a new study to assess requirements for a National Enhanced Elevation Program (NEEP).

Prior to joining the USGS in 2007, Mr. Sugarbaker was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for NatureServe, an international non-profit conservation organization. Mr. Sugarbaker worked in the State of Washington, Department of Natural Resources for 22 years where he managed the geographic information system and also supported remote sensing, forest inventory functions. He has gained worldwide recognition as a leader and expert in geographic information systems. Mr. Sugarbaker is a past chair of the State of Washington Geographic Information Council and the National Research Council, Mapping Science Committee.

Mr. Sugarbaker graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources with a BS in Forestry in 1977. He completed a MS degree in Remote Sensing and Wildlife Management from the University of Michigan in 1979. Mr. Sugarbaker is an active member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

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