Neuhauser creates new map of Osborne County
09/20/2006

Osborne County is the first in Kansas to be mapped in a new "3-D" effect using a digital-elevation model.

Dr. Kenneth R. Neuhauser, a professor of geosciences and director of field studies in geosciences at Fort Hays State University, produced the new map, which is an important part of the Kansas Geological Survey's State Mapping Program. Neuhauser has been involved with the program since 1985.

Starting in 1984, the program was intended to re-map all the counties within Kansas to create a higher-quality mapping system. Neuhauser was instrumental in the beginning of this project. He submitted a grant first to re-map Ellis County and then Ness County, and he co-authored both of those maps.

According to the Kansas Geological Survey, the new, full-colored Osborne County map displays surface rocks, rivers and streams as well as towns, roads, lakes, ponds, political boundaries and contour lines.

"Such maps can also be integrated into GIS and remote sensing for research in geophysics, geography, archaeology, biology and land development," said Neuhauser.

The Kansas Geological Survey says this is its first county geological map to be printed with a digital-elevation-model, which adds a unique "3-D" look to the map.

Neuhauser has been a professor at FHSU since 1980. He graduated with his master's and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Neuhauser has published almost 70 research materials, including papers, maps and abstracts, and has also received 39 research grants. His research focuses on anything from structural geology to archeology.

"I like to try a lot of different things. I really enjoy all this stuff," he said.
Neuhauser is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Kansas Academy of Sciences and the National Association of Geology Teachers. He volunteers at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Corporation Commission.

During his tenure as the director of FHSU's Geology Field Camp, Neuhauser recieved a grant to exavate the dinosaur which is the basis of the model on display in Tomanek Hall.

In 1999, he won the President's Distinguished Scholar Award. He also recieved the 1993 Pilot Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Currently, Neuhauser has many projects in progess, including investigating a possible meteor impact at Lake Wilson and examining pictures from the highest resolution satellite, Quick Bird. Neuhauser has no plans to slow down any time soon.

"I like to learn, and there are only so many days to learn it all," he said.


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