Georgetown University Business Professor J. Keith Ord Named Honorary Geographer

March 09, 2004

                                                                                                                                                   Cynthia S. Shaw
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Georgetown University Business Professor J. Keith Ord Named Honorary Geographer

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Professor J. Keith Ord was recently named the Association of American Geographers' Honorary Geographer for 2004. This distinction recognizes excellence in research, teaching and writing on geographic topics by non-geographers. The AAG cited Ord for his seminal contributions to spatial statistics and to geographic information systems and analysis. 

"Spatial statistics means that we look for meaning in relationships in space rather than in time," explains Ord. "The emergence of sophisticated technology such as global positioning systems and satellite mapping has changed the way we collect data, and in turn, opened up new and different approaches to statistical methods."

Ord teaches statistics and business forecasting to undergraduate and MBA students in the McDonough School and is the co-author of Kendall's Advanced Theory of Statistics, a two-volume reference work now in its sixth edition. He conducts research in business forecasting techniques and their applications in business and other fields. Since he began his research stream in spatial statistics in the late 1960s, his research and publishing in this area has extended from a study of commuting patterns in regional transportation networks to forecasting pathways for the spread of diseases such as measles and influenza. His current research in this area focuses on local spatial patterns within a broader global structure, sometimes known as a search for spatial "hot spots."

He received his doctorate in theoretical statistics from the University of London in 1967 and has taught at the University of Bristol, the University of Warwick and at the Pennsylvania State University, where he chaired the department of management science and information systems. He came to Georgetown in 1999.

Ord joins a prestigious company of previous Honorary Geographer recipients, including evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, economist Herman E. Daly, author Calvin Trillin, attorney John R. Gould, and author John McPhee.

The Association of American Geographers is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its more than 8,500 members from 62 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals, a monthly newsletter, and the activities of its affinity groups and 53 specialty groups.

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