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2022 Election Results

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Announces New Board Members

Contact: Carolyn Anthon

support@aessonline.org 

Office: (202) 503-4638 

May 26, 2022

For immediate release

Baltimore, MD — The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s elections. The candidates below were selected by their peers earlier this month, with the results certified by the AESS Elections committee. 

President-Elect: Karin Warren 

Board Treasurer: Dave Hassenzahl

Board at-large: Katherine Hasnain, Theresa Selfa, Zipangani Vokhiwa

Nominations Committee: Christine Kirchhoff, Brieanne Berry, Christina Downs (Student)

The new members come from wide ranging backgrounds including a natural scientist, a former livestock officer and an archeology technician. We have individuals joining us from across the entire United States, from Maine and Florida all the way to California. The newly elected board, some who have served on the board previously, expressed honor and gratitude at serving AESS in their new positions. 

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as President-Elect with AESS President Kat Owens and continuing and new AESS Board members,” said Karin Warren. “I respect the potential and power of shared vision and collaborative leadership and look forward to helping to increase participation and engagement in our organization and inclusion of a diversity of perspectives and experiences.”

Brieanne Berry, whose research focuses on systems of production/consumption/disposal, said, “I’m so thrilled to join AESS in this capacity and look forward to strengthening and growing this vibrant organization!”

Dave Hassenzahl brings a wealth of experience to the AESS board as he previously served as president and secretary and he is also one of the founding members of AESS. In his new role as treasurer, he plans “to continue the good work of the outgoing treasurer by maintaining transparent, sustainable, and orderly finances.” 

The newly elected will officially take office following the close of the annual AESS conference, which is being held in Baltimore from June 20-22. 

Thank you to the Nominations Committee, chaired by Erin Burkett, who is responsible for recruiting and nominating candidates for elective offices. Learn more about AESS Committees. If you wish to serve on a committee, email support@aessonline.org. All AESS members are welcome to serve!

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences is a scholarly and professional organization that promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching and service for faculty and students in the more than 1,000 Environmental academic programs nationwide and beyond.  

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

Board President Elect

Karin Warren

Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies & Science, Randolph College


Board Treasurer

Dave Hassenzahl

Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico


Board At-Large

Katherine Hasnain

MSc student in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics, and 2022 Yale Environmental Fellow

Theresa Selfa

Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF

Zipangani Vokhiwa

Professor of Science, Mercer University


Nominations Committee

Christine Kirchhoff

 Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental   Engineering, University of Connecticut

Brieanne Berry

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Ursinus College

Christina Downs

MA graduate Interdisciplinary Studies major with Anthropology and Environmental Sustainability concentrations, University of Central Florida
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AESS Statement on IPCC Sixth Climate Change Report

Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Statement on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report 

March 10, 2022

According to the update of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on climate change released 28 February 2022, we may soon lose the ability to adapt to our changing climate if we do not curb emissions from fossil fuels. In addition, oil and gas exports fund Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering arguments in a case that will likely decide the ability of federal agencies to regulate carbon pollution from the power sector.

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) stands firmly behind the consensus on climate science and the need to accelerate our efforts to study, mitigate, and adapt to the climate emergency. We support any and all efforts to conduct research, educate, and advocate for policies and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. We urge all affiliated institutions and cooperatives at AESS to work with us in supporting interdisciplinary and equitable approaches to tackling these intersectional challenges.

The following are ways you can take action:

The time is short, but change is still possible. We already have all the solutions we need to avert this crisis. We call upon all institutions and entities to act strongly and decisively in response to this collective challenge. To connect with us at our conference this June 20-22, visit https://aessconference.org/. For resources provided by AESS, visit AESSOnline.org.

See AESS’s other response to the IPCC report.

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Statement HBCU Threats

Statement on HBCU Threats During Black History Month

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences is deeply troubled and concerned that many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have received bomb threats recently, including on the first day of February, which is recognized as Black History Month in the United States. We recognize these senseless threats are a coordinated attack being used as a tool to intimidate, harass, and traumatize the students, staff, and faculty of HBCUs. We stand in solidarity with our HBCU colleagues and support their right to a safe and healthy learning environment without intimidation.

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Call for Associate Editors

Call for Associate Editors: Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Please direct informal inquiries to Editor-in-Chief, Teresa Lloro (jesseic@aessonline.org).  

The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), the flagship journal for the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, is seeking additional associate editors in the areas listed below. The new associate editors will join an existing team with the mission of publishing diverse, interdisciplinary manuscripts that explore the Environmental Studies and Sciences. As the field is constantly growing and evolving, priority will be given to scholars currently underrepresented amongst the Editors or the Editorial Board and to researchers whose work is informed by critical perspectives.   

Agriculture, agroforestry, and/or aquaculture

Conservation biology 

Energy policy, renewable energy, energy systems governance   

Environmental economics

Environmental education

Environmental history

Environmental justice (2 positions)

Environmental philosophy (emphasis religious studies)

Food studies/critical food studies 

Forestry, forest systems governance, sustainable forestry

Human-animal studies (environmental humanities or social sciences perspective)

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Natural resources governance

Public/environmental health (2 positions)

Quantitative methodologies (2 positions) (e.g., SEM, HLM, regression analysis) 

Remote-sensing/GIS

Water systems/water governance

JESS provides a peer-reviewed, academically rigorous and professionally recognized venue for the publication of explicitly interdisciplinary environmental research, policy analysis and advocacy, educational discourse and other related matters. Contributions are welcome from any discipline or combination of disciplines, any vocation or professional affiliation, any national, ethnic or cultural background. Articles may relate to any historical and global setting. These contributions should explicitly involve multi-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary aspects of environmental issues; and identify the way(s) in which the work will contribute to environmental research, policy making, advocacy, education, or related activities.

Expressions of interest, including a brief CV and a short (1 page) cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position, should be sent to JESS’s Editor-in-Chief, Teresa Lloro, Ph.D. (jesseic@aessonline.org), no later than February 13th, 2021. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and selected associate editors can begin their position upon selection.

Responsibilities entail handling approximately 12 manuscripts annually from submission through final acceptance. Initial appointment will be for two years with possibility for renewal thereafter. 

 

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We can accomplish great things with your support!

AESS community:

AESS is more than simply a place to share research, improve teaching, publish, or make professional connections—our organization develops future environmental scholars and professionals.

In many ways, AESS is shepherding the people who will determine how our society responds to our current environmental crises. 

You can help expand the reach of AESS and accessibility to AESS through a tax-deductible donation.

As you think about this, consider what AESS has accomplished this year:

  • Created an online conference during a pandemic featuring timely sessions on critical topics.
  • Increased professional development opportunities for members.
  • Launched a professional mentoring network.
  • Increased membership by 44%.
  • Hired and transitioned a new editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences after many years of dedicated service from our founding editor, Tony Rosenbaum.
  • Maintained responsible and robust fiscal management during a global pandemic.
  • Conducted a diversity survey and implemented measures to increase diversity and inclusion. 

Consider, too, our goals for the coming year:

  • Hold an in-person conference in Baltimore in June 2022.
  • Add to our syllabus bank, host webinars, and incorporate other programming.
  • Share jobs, best practices, events, and opportunities via our online forum.
  • Increase access for membership and conference attendance. Scholarships and financial assistance allow students, participants from small colleges or organizations, other countries, and those who would otherwise be unable to join our group and attend our conferences.
  • Continue to create space explicitly for undergraduate as well as graduate students—building continuity and connection across generations of environmental scholars, teachers, and practitioners.
  • Partner with external groups, organizations, societies and foundations to increase our reach.
  • Continue with programs via professional development and the mentoring program.
  • Advance diversity, equity, belonging, and justice in AESS and environmental studies.

 

AESS does a lot with a little. We have only one part time staff person and we cannot accomplish our goals without the support of our members and donors. 

Please consider contributing to the work AESS does with a donation at any level.

Right now, become a member for as little as $37 a year and access all AESS offerings! 

Join AESS’ development committee: Would you like to help make AESS into a more impactful and equitable organization that serves the needs of environmental scholars and practitioners? Join our development committee to help us secure funding that will increase our capacity to carry out our mission. No experience with fundraising required. Please contact Clara Fang at cfang@antioch.edu if you are interested. 

Thank you for your support! 

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AESS Statement on IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Statement on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report 

September 21, 2021

The verdict is clear. The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on climate change released on August 9 is nothing less than “a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable.”

The IPCC scientists warn that unless rapid and deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions occur in the coming decades, global warming will exceed 2°C during the 21st century, with catastrophic consequences for ecosystems and societies, and achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement “will be beyond reach.” These consequences are already reality for vulnerable communities.

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) stands firmly behind the consensus on climate science and the need to accelerate our efforts to study, mitigate, and adapt to the climate emergency. We support any and all efforts to conduct research, educate, and advocate for policies and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. We urge all affiliated institutions and cooperatives at AESS to work with us in supporting interdisciplinary and equitable approaches to tackling these intersectional challenges. 

Right now, we have a historic opportunity to act on climate. Democrats in the U.S. Congress are determining the provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that would create investments in clean energy, put a price on carbon, and address environmental injustice. Only a few days or weeks remain before the package goes to a vote, which cannot be blocked by the filibuster. The following are ways you can take action: 

The time is short, but change is still possible. We already have all the solutions we need to avert this crisis. We call upon all institutions and entities to act strongly and decisively in response to this collective challenge. For resources provided by AESS, visit AESSOnline.org

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AESS Announces New JESS Editor in Chief

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences announces the appointment of the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Studies and SciencesDr. Teresa Lloro, following a competitive international search that attracted highly qualified candidates.  The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), the flagship journal of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), was established in 2010. JESS is published by Springer, part of Springer Nature.  The journal offers a venue for relevant interdisciplinary environmental research, practice and public policy dialogue.

Dr. Lloro is an Associate Professor in the Liberal Studies Department and is an Affiliated Faculty with the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Her degrees include a B.S. Biology, University of Redlands, USA, M.S. in Environmental Studies, California State University, Fullerton, USA and a PhD in Education, Society, and Culture, University of California, Riverside, USA.  She resides in Southern California, USA.

Dr. Lloro has shared the following biography and message:

“I am an Associate Professor at Cal Poly Pomona, a large public university in Los Angeles County, California that serves a diverse student body. As an interdisciplinary activist-scholar with interests in food justice, activism, and urban agriculture, I work closely with a grassroots community organization that endeavors to change the local food system in a suburb of Los Angeles that has been deeply impacted by systemic poverty and racism, as well as other structural inequalities. I do this work by volunteering with the organization in a variety of capacities, as well as through systematically collecting qualitative and historical data that I analyze through an intersectional feminist lens, with a specific focus on care. I embed my research and activism into my teaching through collaborating with community partners, other faculty, and students to create projects that include documentary filmmaking, practical farming experiences, building a free community seed exchange to establish seed sovereignty, and empirically studying how farmers develop and maintain soil care practices. The California Humanities, Cal Poly Pomona, and the Cooperative Gardens Commission have all supported my work.

In addition to publishing in numerous journals and edited book collections, I have published two books, Animals in Environmental Education: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curriculum and Pedagogy (co-edited with Valerie Banschbach) and Animal Edutainment in a Neoliberal Era: Politics, Pedagogy, and Practice in the Contemporary Aquarium. From 2015-2019, I was a member of AESS’s Executive Board and have served as an Associate Editor of JESS since 2015. In 2018, I was the inaugural recipient of AESS’s Early Career Award.

I am very excited to be the new Editor-in-Chief of AESS’s flagship journal. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the entire ESS community to strategize new ways JESS can be a platform for diverse voices and perspectives, particularly those that have been historically marginalized in the ESS.”

We, on the AESS Board, hope you will give Teresa a warm welcome as she transitions into the role of EiC, with founding Editor-in-Chief Tony Rosenbaum’s support.

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AESS Announces 2021 Award Winners

Contact: Carolyn Anthon

canthon@aessonline.org 

Office: (202) 503-4638 

June 10, 2021

For immediate release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) has selected the four recipients of the 2021 AESS Awards to be recognized at a virtual ceremony during the AESS Annual Conference, June 28-July 1, 2021. Since 2010, these awards have recognized faculty, scholars and students in Environmental Studies and Sciences at all career stages who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and service to the AESS community.

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences is a scholarly and professional organization that promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching and service for faculty and students in the more than 1,000 Environmental academic programs nationwide and beyond.  

2021 Award Recipients

Dr. Abigail Abrash Walton has been awarded the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.  Named for an AESS founder, Dr. William R. Freudenburg, this Award seeks to recognize and advance the spirit of AESS co-founder, the late Professor William R. Freudenburg, who spawned a new generation of environmental professionals and academics who have pursued interdisciplinary research to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. Through this award, AESS honors members of the profession who have also devoted their lives to strengthening our field by mentoring the next generation of environmental scientists and activists. Dr. Abrash Walton serves as an administrative leader and faculty in Antioch University’s Department of Environmental Studies. Her list of leadership roles include founding Steering Committee member of Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy, advisory board member of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, program directory for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, and presently Director of Environmental Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs and Co-directory of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience program. Professor Abrash Walton prioritizes social justice and advocacy in sustainability efforts, which mirrors the priorities and values that are increasingly representing the AESS community. Her commitment to AESS is particularly strong, and she continues to drive collaborative efforts.

Dr. Chelsie Romulo and Dr. Cassandra Brooks have been awarded the AESS Early Career Award. This Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and promising future potential for teaching, research, policy, or activism in any field of environmental science and studies.  Through this award, AESS honors individuals who are early in their careers, but have made significant contributions to knowledge, community and diversity in environmental studies and science, and have a career plan and trajectory that promise to continue and bolster such contributions. Dr. Romulo has produced outstanding applied scholarship with massive potential for impact. Her research at the University of Northern Colorado, where she is an assistant professor in Geography, GIS, and Sustainability focuses on conservation and natural resource management using a combination of remote sensing and economic analyses to understand impacts and options for natural resource use. Dr. Cassandra Brooks is driven to understand and contribute to environmental governance. She embraces interdisciplinary studies drawing on marine science, environmental policy, and science communication. Dr. Brooks is an assistant professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professors Romulo and Brooks exemplify the spirit of AESS in terms of scholarly and participatory approaches to ESS.

Our Student Paper Award winner is Ms. Urooj Raja. The AESS Student Paper Award recognizes the potential in graduate student research to create new insights and impact in environmental science and studies, and to engage with environmental policy, practice, and education. Ms. Raja is a PhD Candidate in environmental studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines the potential of emerging technology like virtual reality to shrink psychological distance to ‘wicked’ environmental problems. She has garnered awards for her research and her work has been highlighted by media ranging from the New York Times to the Washington Post and used by The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). We look forward to her continued impact on the world of ESS, as well as participation in the AESS Community.

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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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AAPI Statement

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences supports Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people and communities. We condemn recent acts of violence toward Asians.  The tragedy in Atlanta is a horrific example of a growing trend of overt violence, and part of a much longer history in the United States of AAPI discrimination that is often underreported, unacknowledged, or ignored. AESS stands in solidarity with community leaders, students, and educators who are actively engaged in anti-racist action and serving the needs of the most vulnerable members of the AAPI community.

We grieve for the victims Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Yue, and their families.

Our AESS community is committed to elevating the voices of those who are members of marginalized and minoritized groups in Environmental Studies and Sciences.  An important step toward achieving that goal is for those who hold the power associated with privileged, historically dominant identities in the United States to become educated to promote the greater good.  Here are some resources for that work.

Resources

Academia can be a common setting for bullying related to identity. We encourage our members to learn about cognitive bias, how to interrupt bias and how to intervene when they witness bias and discrimination.

Effecting Personal and Organizational Change

Curricular Resources

Films, Books, and Websites

  • Brave New Films
  • Healing Justice
  • The Color of Fear, a film by Lee Mon Wah
  • Ritu Bhasin’s website
  • Young, Proud and Sung-Jee (Emily Ku and Joyce Lee)
  • Biased ( Jennifer Eberhardt)
  • Waking Up White (D. Irving)  
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