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Google Earth's co-creator to lead Kansas parade

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The University of Kansas says the co-creator of Google Earth will serve next month as the grand marshal for school's annual homecoming parade.

The university says the honor for Brian McClendon is in keeping with the homecoming theme, "Jayhawks Around the World." The parade is scheduled for Oct. 3 in downtown Lawrence.

McClendon is a Lawrence native who earned his engineering degree from the University of Kansas in 1986.

He joined Google in 2004 and now leads the Google Maps team, which includes Google Maps for Mobile and Google Earth. He holds 10 patents for advanced computer graphics hardware and software.

McClendon serves on the advisory boards for the university's School of Engineering and its Department of Electrical Engineering and computer science. He lives in Portola Valley, Calif.