W.E. Upjohn

Dr. David Dickason, Director

Dr. David G. Dickason is Professor of Geography & Director of The W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change at Western Michigan University. He received the following degrees: B.A. (College of Wooster), M.A. (University of Pittsburgh), and Ph.D. in Geography (Indiana University). He studied Hindi at the University of Chicago and University of California-Berkeley. He chaired the university's Asian Studies Program (1974-80), directed its Malaysian community college (1995-97), and chaired WMU's Department of Geography (2000-06). He has taught more than two-dozen courses in five university units (Geography, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, General Studies, and WMU-Sunway College). He edited for five years The East Lakes Geographer, precursor to The Great Lakes Geographer. He developed early integrated, interactive computer mapping software (1981-85) and introduced GIS to Western Michigan University and west Michigan. His students number among the innovative GIS leaders in the state. He co-founded WMU's Computer Mapping Laboratory in 1980 and its Regional GEM Center in 1989. He founded the GIS Research Center in 1992 and The W.E. Upjohn Center in 2005. He has received more than $7.5 million in grants, contracts, awards, and gifts from: NSF, USEPA, USACE, MDEQ, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, American Institute of Indian Studies, Fulbright-Hays, the Kalamazoo Foundation, and Mary U. and Edwin E. Meader.




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