- By Judi Hasson
- May 07, 2001
Where's the population center of the United States? Try Edgar Springs,
Mo., a rural town with a population of less than 200, according to the Census
Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In making its calculation, the agencies assumed that the country is
flat and rigid and that everyone weighs the same. Census determined the
location and NOAA's National Geodetic Survey team and surveyors from the
Missouri Department of Natural Resources selected the exact spot to place
a marker by using Global Positioning System measurements and precision leveling
observations that included connections to nearby existing geodetic stations
in the National Spatial Reference System.
The system defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity and orientation
in the country and how they change over time.
In 1790, the center was about 1,000 miles east, near Chestertown, Md.
But time marches on, and apparently people do, too.
Incognito Sort of
Seems that Secretary of State Colin Powell is just like anybody else
on the weekends. No online buying for this man. No credit cards or PalmPilot,
either. The high-profile Cabinet member was recently spotted at a CVS drugstore
in McLean, Va., trying to be incognito.
With a baseball cap low over his forehead and wearing an old blue windbreaker
jacket, he waited in line to buy $61 worth of toiletries and a small hair
dryer. He paid cash. No one seemed to recognize him, or if they did, the
folks in tony McLean were too polite to say so. Then he walked out to his
spiffy gray Mercedes convertible with its top down and drove off. And not
a security guard was in sight.
NASA's Green Efforts
NASA is apparently looking into how to use technology such as Extensible
Markup Language to connect environmental law issues with geospatial data
collected from its satellites. By using geo-referencing tags, NASA hopes
to link the satellite data as it relates to such things as emissions regulations to support efforts in the environmental arena.
With all the recent attention on the International Space Station and
civilians being launched into space, it's good to see that NASA technology
is still being used to help solve problems back here on Earth.
Deirdre Murray, the group manager for market development at Sprint's
Government Systems Division, received the Women in Technology Founder's
Award this year for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the
areas of mentoring, entrepreneurship and technology. But few people know
that in her free time, Deirdre puts on her bobby sox and saddle shoes and
goes swing dancing.
"If you want to do the dance, you got to learn to swing," says Sprint
spokesman John Polivka.
Other winners of this year's WIT awards are Esther Smith from Qorvis
Communications LLC, Paula Jagemann of eCommerce Industries Inc., Ginger
Ehn Lew of Telecommunications Development Fund, TiTi McNeill of TranTech
Inc., Ana Maria Boitel of Oldham and Partners/OPX PLLC and Eva Neumann of
ENC Marketing Inc.
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