To commemorate the nation’s first chief geographer, the USGS established the Henry Gannett Award. This year’s recipient is Dr. Cynthia Brewer of Penn State University, for her involvement in the development of new symbology for the US Topo mapping project.
Dr. Brewer worked with USGS staff to develop content and symbols for online devices and printed topographic maps with various display sizes and resolutions for a range of scales from 1:5,000 to 1:1,000,000. Her innovations in the use of color, symbols and generalization are now incorporated into a USGS standard for generating topographic maps.
Dr. Brewer is an affiliate faculty member who works with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS). She developed and maintains the National Mapping Expertise Exchange program which promotes innovation and excellence in national mapping and builds connections among mapmakers, educators, researchers, and software developers at academic, commercial, and governmental organizations.
Additionally, Dr. Brewer directly involves students, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, in her designs and research work, providing a foundation, education and training for the next generation of mapping professionals.
The National Geospatial Program presents the Henry Gannett Award biennially to commemorate the first USGS Chief Geographer, Henry Gannett (1882-1914), and his many contributions to American geography and cartography. Since 2009, USGS has awarded three individuals that have made a magnificent impact on topographic mapping. Associating the legacy of Henry Gannett with this award is designed to recognize and celebrate talented individuals for outstanding recent accomplishments to the USGS topographic mapping of the Nation.
Henry Gannett Award website: nationalmap.gov/gannett/
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