On May 11, 2018, NCGIA-UB celebrated its 30 years in Capen Hall. Invited by the director of NCGIA Professor Ling Bian, University leaders, faculty, alumni, and leaders of GIS community at Western New York joined the celebration.
NCGIA-UB was founded in 1988 as part of the National Science Foundation center for research in GIScience. For three decades, NCGIA-UB has focused on excellence in GIScience research, GIScience-related grant development, and GIScience services to UB and the local community. Now NCGIA-UB has earned a national and international reputation, established a research network on campus, and has strong ties to the Western NY GIS community. NCGIA-UB is widely recognized as valuable resources to UB and the GIScience community at large.
At the celebration, the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Professor Ken Tramposch, welcomed the guests. The three former directors of NCGIA-UB, Professors Ross Mackinnon, Mike Batty, and David Mark offered insights in the success and impact of NCGIA over the three decades. Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Lorraine Oak, closed the short program by envisioning the challenges and advances of GIScience in the future. President Tripathi also sent his congratulations on such an important milestone for NCGIA-UB and the University.
Guests enjoyed the last day of class, met and mingled with each other, and exchanged ideas for potential research collaborations.