2021 Election Results

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Announces New Board Members

BALTIMORE, Maryland (June 14, 2021) — The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) has announced the results of its 2021 Board of Directors election, naming a new secretary, three at-large Board members, and three nominations committee members.

Incoming Board Secretary:

Valerie Rountree, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, has served as the AESS Conference Program Chair for multiple years and remains an engaged Membership Committee member.

Newly elected at-large Board members include:

Clara Fang, PhD candidate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England;

Lissy Goralnik, faculty member at Michigan State University in the department of community sustainability; and

David Murphy, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at St Lawrence University.

New members of the nominations committee include:

Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Program Director and Associate Professor at Skidmore College;

Sharon Locke, Professor and Director of the STEM Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and

Sailaja Nandigama, Assistant Professor at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan Campus, India.

The newly elected will officially take office following the close of the annual AESS conference, which is being held virtually, June 28 – July 1.

To find out more about the elected, visit AESS’s election page.

Board Secretary

Valerie Rountree

Assistant Professor Environmental Studies
University of Redlands


Board At-Large

Clara Fang

PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies

Lissy Goralnik

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Sustainability

Michigan State University

David Murphy

Chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
St. Lawrence University


Nominations Committee

Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Ph.D

Associate Professor & Director
Environmental Studies and Sciences Program
Skidmore College

Sharon Locke

Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Dr. Sailaja Nandigama

Assistant Professor (PhD in Development Studies from ISS, the Netherlands)
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
Rajasthan, India
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