A multimillion-dollar private gift to Western Michigan University has resulted in the creation of a center for the study of geographic change on the University’s main campus.
Edwin E. and Mary U. Meader of Kalamazoo contributed $4 million to establish the W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change, named to honor Mary Meader’s grandfather, a pharmaceutical pioneer who began his company in Kalamazoo more than a century ago.
The Upjohn Center will make WMU a central resource for preserving the work of past explorers and scientists and for combining their discoveries with the technical capabilities of today’s researchers. Using the latest technology available, the new center will preserve and enhance in digital version maps and aerial photography from around the nation, providing an infrastructure for research on geographical change. The new Upjohn Center will offer several advantages to researchers and the public. Foremost will be unlimited access via the Web. At the same time that maps and aerial photographs are being preserved in digital form, they will be electronically catalogued and cross-referenced, making it possible to easily search for desired materials.