Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Announces New Board Members
Contact: Carolyn Anthon
Office: (202) 503-4638
June 15, 2023
For immediate release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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: Susan Caplow
Board at-large: Laureen Elgert, Laura Henry-Stone, Nirav Patel
Nominations Committee: Nurcan Atlan-Helicke, Elly Engle, Joy Yu-Rong Liu
The new members come from wide ranging backgrounds including a forest ecologist, an environmental justice professor and a social scientist. We have individuals joining us from across the entire United States, from New York to Alabama and across to Arizona. The newly elected board, some who have served on the board previously, expressed honor and gratitude at serving AESS in their new positions.
“It is a huge honor to be selected to serve as the President Elect for the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences,” Susan Caplow said. “AESS has always been such a welcoming community for me, a place where I have been able to collaboratively explore the unique challenges and opportunities inherent to interdisciplinary environmental programs.”
Nirav Patel, an expert in experiential learning, shared that AESS has offered a welcoming platform since the beginning for all environmental areas. “I am deeply aware of the challenges many members of our profession face, especially those in underrepresented groups. I am excited to work with the members and the president elect on designing programs that can allow talented, creative, and diverse voices to emerge.”
As coordinator of McDaniel College’s Agrifood Program, Elly Engle examines ways in which community-led food initiatives contribute to localized sustainable development and socio-ecological justice. She expressed gratitude for the AESS community for giving her “support like no other professional organization.” She said she looks forward to returning this support for others in her new service role on the board.
The newly elected will officially take office following the close of the annual AESS conference, which is being held in Portland, OR July 9-12, 2023. To find out more about the elected, visit AESS’s election page.
Thank you to the Nominations Committee, 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 email@example.com. 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.
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