ASU prof inducted to Academia Europaea, named director of Spatial Analysis Research Center

Stewart Fortheringham selected to lead new center, which has a launch event Dec. 7

December 1, 2017

As the year draws to a close, Stewart Fotheringham, ASU Foundation Professor with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, will be able to mark 2017 off as a banner year.

In September, Fotheringham was officially inducted into the Academia Europaea during the organization’s annual conference in Budapest. Academia Europaea, founded in 1988, is an international association of scientists and scholars from all disciplines, who are experts and leaders in their own subject areas as recognized by their peers. Membership to this organization is by invitation-only, following nomination, research and confirmation based on the scholarship and distinction of the nominated. Download Full Image

Fotheringham, who is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the UK Academy of Social Sciences, joins an elite rank of scholars that includes dozens of Nobel Laureates.

“Being inducted into Academia Europaea is icing on the cake,” said Fotheringham. “This is also an incredible honor because not many geographers are members of Academia Eurpoaea, and I could possibly be the only GIScientist.”

With a lifelong interest in maps, math and science, Fotheringham’s path to becoming a world-renowned geographical information scientist is no surprise.

“I have always been curious about why things are the way they are, and to be able to discover something about the processes that frame our world is really exciting to me,” said Fotheringham. “Realizing that you know something that nobody else does is an amazing experience.”

Fotheringham uses this expertise and curiosity to investigate questions relating to a wide variety of areas including health, crime, retail and migration. He is also well known for work with spatial interaction modeling, local statistical analysis and as one of the developers of geographically weighted regression.  

Fotheringham joined ASU in the fall of 2014. As a faculty member in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, as well as Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, he teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in geographic information technologies and science and advises several doctoral students.

His extensive history in the field of spatial analysis has now led to his newest opportunity to serve as director of the newly formed Spatial Analysis Research Center.

Housed within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the Spatial Analysis Research Center, also known as SPARC, is a GIScience and Earth observing center poised with the goal to advance the science and technology of GIScience, as well as lead to transdisciplinary applications for spatial data solutions to address a variety of issues.

To help kick-start the center and to start creating the opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, Fotheringham and his SPARC colleagues are hosting a launch event on Dec. 7. This celebratory event will also include a full day of learning opportunities for participants, as leaders from the field of spatial analysis will present their latest in research. You can learn more about the event and submit your RSVP by visiting

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ASU and Tempe police officers take local kids in need on shopping spree, strengthening relationships between police and community

December 1, 2017

The Arizona State University and Tempe Police Departments are partnering with ASU Fraternity and Sorority Life, the FBI, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Tempe Police Foundation for the third annual Kids+Cops Holiday Shop event on Dec. 16, and organizers are asking for donations from the community to help make it happen. 

The event provides local children in need with a holiday experience and strengthens relationships between police officers and community members. Kids and Cops shopping eventDownload Full Image

The children are escorted in police vehicles to a Tempe-area Walmart. Each child then teams up with an ASU or Tempe officer for a $150 shopping spree.

Additional activities for the children include face painting, a hot breakfast and an opportunity to meet Santa and ASU K9 Officer Tillman. 

To donate to the event, visit the ASU Foundation webpage.

Email ASU Police Information Officer Katy Harris with questions or call 480-965-0421.

Parker Shea

Student Writer and Reporter, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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