AESS News Bulletins

Branded Book Series Launch

Purpose of the Branded Book Series (BBS):

To explore the intersection of natural science, law, policy and action, while informed by the social sciences, and highlight the power of interdisciplinary focus as opposed to traditional disciplinary silos. The series initial targets are energy and health.

Past AESS President Wil Burns will be the Editor-in-Chief. He will be supported by a Board of Senior Editors.

The first five members, including the Editor-in-Chief (EIC), are:

  • Wil Burns, School of International Service, American University, EIC
  • David Downie, Fairfield University, member
  • Tony Rosenbaum, University of Florida, member
  • David Sonnenfeld, State University of New York, member
  • William Winner, North Carolina State University, member

The full board will be expanded to nine members in the very near future, which will reflect ethnic and gender diversity along with discipline and topic diversity.

Look for more information about this exciting new AESS venture soon! Check out the BBS landing page for updated information.

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AESS 2016 Annual Conference: Save the Date!

We are delighted to set the stage for the AESS 2016 Annual Conference at American University. Whether feedback from participants and speakers, or from staff and board members, by all measures the 2015 AESS Conference at UC San Diego was a rousing success. And we are looking to continue the momentum with a 2016 conference theme of

Science, Empathy, Collaboration, and Sustainability

We are especially pleased to announce that Heather Heckel has taken the baton to be the 2016 AESS Conference On-Site Coordinator. Heather is an assistant professor of Sustainable Development at American University in the School of Professional and Extended Studies. She is also Director of a small sustainable development NGO called Engage Globally. Welcome, Heather!

Further conference details will be made available throughout the early fall. Please do look for the call for proposals by mid-October with registration to open in the early spring.

To begin helping us plan for next year, please do save the date for American University conference, June 8-11, 2016. We will have more details that follow through the full AESS Listserv and AESS Member emails in the next several weeks.

In the meantime, if you have specific suggestions, ranging from ways to include greater participation from those colleges and universities who are on the quarter system, and who may be constrained by the 2016 dates more generally, to ideas which ensure a more interactive conference agenda — please notify us at your earliest convenience.

You can directly contact either AESS President John A. “Skip” Laitner at OR Carolyn Anthon, AESS Program Coordinator at

We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you!

PS: To relive and/or learn about AESS 2015, visit our conference photo page.

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