Director Emeritus, Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas
Rex Buchanan is Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas, and is currently the Director of the Consortium to Study Trends in Seismicity at the KGS. He grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He started at the KGS in 1978, and was the Interim Director from 2010 to 2016. He is the co-author of Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills (in press), Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks (rev. edition, 2010), and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils (rev. edition, 2010), all published by the University Press of Kansas, and co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press (1994). He served as Secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors. He chaired the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity from 2013 to 2016. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of GSA and in 2016 received GSA’s Public Service Award. In 2009 was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE. He provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
DR. MIKE GOODCHILD
Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California
Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Research Professor at Arizona State University, and holds many other affiliate, adjunct, and honorary positions at universities around the world. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received five honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.
WILLIAM F. JOHNSON
Carpe Geo Evangelist, Applied Geographics, Inc.
Bill is a seasoned GIS professional with more than 34 years of experience. Upon completion of his MA in Geography at Michigan State University in 1984, he started his career at the New York State Department of Transportation, which at that time was the home of the statewide mapping program. His initial work involved converting the mapping program from photo-mechanical to state-of-the-art digital production, in preparation for color printing, publication, and sale of 1:24,000 scale quadrangles, county base maps, the NYS atlas, and other maps. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he and his team also led one of the largest civilian GIS deployments of that era, serving more than 1,000 users in 11 regional DOT offices. Since then, he rose through the GIS ranks in New York State government, culminating in being named New York’s first Geographic Information Officer in 2013. He retired from state service in 2016 and spent two years leading GIS program development in Washington, DC for the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which is responsible for nationwide broadband support programs on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In April of 2018, Bill joined Applied Geographics, Inc where he is applying his carpe geo philosophy of building trust through collaboration, of effecting fundamental change through thoughtful investment, and of consistent attention to excellence, as AppGeo’s carpe geo evangelist.
JUDGE SAM BARR
Carroll County Judge
Born and raised in Carroll County and, after graduating from high school, Judge Sam Barr joined the United States Air Force, where he served in Korea as a K-9 handler. When he returned home, he chose to stay in Carroll County to resume his love of farming, and start a family. People know Sam as a hard worker, a generous man, a Christian who shares his faith through his music, and a man who will “roll up his sleeves” and work alongside those who call our community home. Judge Barr has worked in various trades throughout his life, including welding, heavy equipment, saw milling, pipelining, and co-owner of Davis-Barr Chevrolet car dealership. In 2008, friends urged him to run for the County Judge position. He won the county seat with 54% of the votes, and has proudly continued to serve our County ever since. On December 20, 2012, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr was presented a Senate Citation by Senator Randy Laverty for his accomplishments during his tenure. Judge Barr’s service has not gone unnoticed by members of the Arkansas Senate, and the Senator wanted to express his appreciation to Judge Barr on his past and continuing efforts to provide outstanding service to Carroll County.