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UI's Rushton honored for distinguished scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerard Rushton, professor of geography in the UI College of Liberal Arts, recently received Distinguished Scholarship Honors for 1998 from the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Rushton, who was recognized during the AAG annual meeting March 28 in Boston, was honored "for contributions to geographical theory and practice concerning revealed space preference, location-allocation modeling, and GIS-related (Geographical Information System) decision support systems, and for applied research in community planning and facility location throughout the world." His applied research has focused on access to urban services in rural development,and locational efficiency in planning rural service delivery systems in developing areas and in sparsely settled areas in North and South America, East and South Asia, and Australia.

He has authored or co-authored four books and published more than 40 articles in professional journals. Rushton, who joined the UI faculty in 1969, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Wales in 1959 and 1962, respectively, and received his doctorate in geography from the UI in 1964. He also currently serves as UI Intergraph Professor of Spatial Analysis, member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences, research associate in the UI's Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and adjunct professor in the Program in Hospital and Health Administration.