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Babs Buttenfield: Technology changing how people use maps, how they're created

Jan. 13, 2020

Babs Buttenfield was interviewed for a Channel 7 (Denver 7) TV News spot about how technology has changed how people use maps. Posted: 4:45 PM, Jan 03, 2020, Updated: 4:58 PM, Jan 03, 2020, By: Chloe Nordquist, Channel 7 News, Denver Maps have changed over the years and so has...

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Babs Participates in Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Aug. 11, 2018

On August 11, Professor Barbara "babs" Buttenfield participated in a fund-raising walk to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, honoring our geography colleague Professor David Hill, who passed away recently from the disease. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®...

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Babs Elected Parliamentarian of the Arts and Sciences Council

April 26, 2018

Barbara "babs" Buttenfield has been elected as the inaugural Parliamentarian of the Arts and Sciences Council (ASC), which is the faculty senate for the College of Arts & Sciences. This is a new officer position, added to the ASC ByLaws this spring to accommodate and support the increased complexities of...

Geography Department featured in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine

April 27, 2017

"Encompassing South American wildfires, Arctic sea-ice retreat, post-Soviet politics, climate change in Tibet and GIS, CU Boulder geographers keep their fingers on the pulse of a changing world" A new article titled "This is not your junior-high geography" by CU's Clint Talbott featuring the Geography Department has been published in...

Prof reappointed to U.S. Census Science Advisory Committee (CSAC)

March 1, 2016

Barbara 'babs' Buttenfield was reappointed to CSAC by the Director of the Census Bureau for a second three year term. CSAC members advise the Census Bureau director on the uses of scientific developments in statistical data collection, survey methodology, geospatial and statistical analysis, econometrics, business operations and computer science as...

Babs Buttenfield speaks at GIS Day Symposium

Nov. 20, 2013

Babs Buttenfield was an academic plenary speaker for 12th Annual GIS Day Symposium at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The topical theme for the symposium was Water Issues and GIScience. Babs spoke about Designing a Multi-Scale national Hydrographic Database, summarizing recent work on her five year USGS-funded research project...

Barbara Buttenfield Elected Fellow of UCGIS

May 2, 2013

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) elected Barbara "babs" Buttenfield a UCGIS Fellow. According to UCGIS, her most important research contributions are in the area of map generalization and multiple representations. Her papers on the structure and scaling properties of cartographic lines were truly seminal and helped others...

Babs Buttenfield a member of NRC panel on the current and future workforce in geospatial fields

Feb. 18, 2013

The National Academies Press recently released a report about the future geospatial workforce, commissioned by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The report includes labor statistics and projections for GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and cartography as well as for several emerging disciplines (crowdsourcing, forecasting, visual analytics, and human geography). The...

Geography student wins $20K sustainability grant

March 9, 2010

Geography student Shane Grigsby has won a $20,000 grant from the CU Environmental Center for his project on "Topographic Mapping of the CU Campus for Sustainability." Along with his faculty sponsor, Professor Babs Buttenfield, with in-kind support from graduate student Chris Anderson-Tarver, Shane will investigate the use of geometric properties...

Babs Buttenfield and Stefan Leyk Win NSF Grant

Feb. 15, 2010

Professor Babs Buttenfield and Assistant Professor Stefan Leyk are PI's on a $440,000 NSF grant titled "Putting People in Their Place: Constructing a Geography for Census Microdata". Collaborating with them on this project is also former faculty member Nicholas Nagle, now a research scientist at the University of Tennessee.