2017 ISSRM Abstract Deadline Extended!

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 11:00 PM USA Central Standard Time. All abstracts submitted by the original December 1st deadline will be reviewed first with decision notifications going out around January 15th. Abstracts submitted by the extended January 15th deadline will be reviewed with decisions being sent by early February.

Individual paper and poster abstracts can be submitted electronically by going to the ISSRM 2017 webpage and clicking on “Add” next to “Abstracts (Oral Presentations and Posters)” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before an abstract can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit an abstract.

**Individuals are limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel.

Guidelines for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in paragraph form without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also include theory/analytical framework and a description of the methods employed (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, etc.).

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

~2017 ISSRM Organizing Committee and IASNR Office

2017 Membership and Code of Ethics

As we send out this reminder to renew your membership, I, on behalf of the IASNR Council and the Executive Officers, wish to express to you our strong support for the important work our members do each and every day to make our organization an inclusive and supportive one for all. Ours is a shared vision filled with hope and aspirations for a better social and ecological environment in the communities across the world in which our members live and work. It is good to reflect that, as we renew our commitment to our organization, that our code of ethics holds that IASNR is committed to promoting an ethos that fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect across cultures, genders, occupations, ethnicity, and philosophical persuasions. Diversity is an essential component of virtually every professional and academic endeavor that distinguishes the membership of IASNR around the globe.

As the Executive Director let me thank you for your membership and effort on behalf of IASNR and your commitment to the important work that lies ahead.

Thank you for your continued support of IASNR.

 

Sincerely,

~Matthew S. Carroll, Executive Director

Call for Expressions of Interest:  Book Review Editor, Society & Natural Resources

The editors of Society & Natural Resources (SNR) are soliciting expressions of interest by an individual (or team of individuals) to serve as Book Review Editor for SNR, official, monthly journal of the International Association of Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). This is a volunteer, part-time, term appointment. Under the direction of the Editors-in-Chief, the Book Review Editor receives prospective books for review from publishers; solicits and receives reviews of books, films, and other media for the journal; manages the review, revision, and acceptance process for such reviews; and serves as a member of the journal’s Editorial Board. The appointment is through the end of Volume 30 (2017), with possibility of renewal. Ph.D. in Sociology, Human Geography, Environmental Studies, Public Policy, or related field required. To apply, submit a formal statement of interest, current CV, and the names and contact information for three references to <snr@colostate.edu>. All formal statements of interest with accompanying material received by November 30, 2016, will be given full consideration; expressions of interest will be accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled. For further information,please contact Editors-in-Chief, David A. Sonnenfeld, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (DASonnenfeld@gmail.com), or Peter Leigh Taylor, Colorado State University (Pete.Taylor@colostate.edu).

Organized Session and Panel Submission Deadline Extended

2016 is coming to a close, and the 2017 ISSRM is gearing up! We already have 42 organized session and panel submissions. Several people have requested additional time, so we have extended the deadline to November 25th. Please take advantage of this opportunity and submit an organized session and or panel session proposal for the 2017 ISSRM in Umea, Sweden.

Please submit your session proposal electronically by going to the ISSRM 2017 webpage and click on “Add” next to “Session Proposals” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before a session proposal can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit a session proposal.

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Call for Abstracts: Abstract submissions for organized sessions, individual papers and posters are now open and due December 1, 2016, at midnight (Central Standard Time). Individual paper and poster abstracts can be submitted electronically by going to the ISSRM 2017 webpage and clicking on “Add” next to “Abstracts (Oral Presentations and Posters)” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before an abstract can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit an abstract.

Guidelines for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in paragraph form without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also include theory/analytical framework and a description of the methods employed (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, etc.).

**Individuals are limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any questions.

2017 IASNR Membership Now Available – Changes to Membership Fees

As an IASNR member, the organization belongs to you. We are dedicated to finding new ways to support both students and professionals. In 2014 the IASNR Office administered a survey to assess the organization as a whole and the needs of the membership. Nearly half of respondents considered IASNR to be their primary professional organization. Through the assessment survey we were able to determine several key items that are most important to members, these include participation at the ISSRM, access to the Society and Natural Resources (SNR) journal electronically, and networking. We also asked members what services they would like to see offered—there was a lot of interest in an early career networking event, job fair, public lectures, webinars, membership directory, and more student based activities at the ISSRM. Based on the feedback we received, we have reinstated the mentorship program, created the Young Professional’s Networking event, developed the member directory, and enhanced the SNR journal—the impact factor of the journal has been steadily increasing from 1.053 in 2007 to 1.758 in 2015!

Lastly, we received several substantive comments regarding the ISSRM from the assessment survey and the post-2015 ISSRM survey. Based on this feedback we determined that ISSRM participants would like more timely communication, faster abstract reviews, eco-friendly options, and an improved registration system. Through this feedback, the IASNR Office now plays a larger role in the organization of the conference and communications. Effective at the 2016 ISSRM, we have implemented a new registration system and have added a “no print” option within the registration system so participants can opt out from receiving the printed program. The IASNR Office is now responsible for collecting organized session/panel session proposals, abstract submissions, notifying participants of proposal and submission decisions, working with authors whose proposals and abstracts need revisions, along with ensuring timely responses to ISSRM related inquires, and distributing conference related announcements and deadlines. We strongly believe that these efforts made the 2016 ISSRM more successful and will further enhance the experience at the 2017 ISSRM in Umea, Sweden.

In sum, the value of your membership has increased and we understand the importance of justifying the costs. While expanding member services as a whole and within the context of the ISSRM, the Council strives to reduce operating costs wherever possible. IASNR last raised membership fees once over a decade ago. To keep up with inflation and operational costs, Council approved a modest increase in membership rates. As the assessment survey results indicated that members would like the option to opt out of the printed SNR journal, we also revised the entire membership fee structure to accommodate this need. This decision required a renegotiation with Taylor & Francis and several weeks of research to determine that our fee structure is competitive with similar organizations. We now offer member rates which include online only access to SNR, and both online and printed access to SNR. Additionally, we added an emeritus/retired membership category. Below is the new IASNR membership fee structure, effective for 2017 memberships.

Professional Member – with online SNR: $120
Professional Member – with online and hardcopy SNR: $185
Student Member – with online SNR: $50
Student Member – with online and hardcopy SNR: $115
Emeritus/Retired Member – with online SNR: $60
Emeritus/Retired Member – with online and hardcopy SNR: $125

As the member demographics of IASNR are changing, the Council strives to adapt and offer new and more relevant services. Please email the Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any ideas about ways in which the organization can be enhanced and improved. Any comments/suggestions will be proposed to Council. We strongly encourage your active involvement and participation as a member, conference attendee/participant, Council member, committee member, and SNR reviewer and author.
Best regards,

Matt Carroll, Executive Director
Gene Theodori, Treasurer
Joan Brehm, Secretary

REMINDER – DEADLINE APPROACHING: Call for IASNR Executive Officer and Council Nominations

The IASNR Council Elections Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the following IASNR leadership positions:

* Executive Director
* Treasurer
* Secretary
* IASNR Council Professional (3 seats)
* IASNR Council Student Representative-Elect

Service as an Executive Officer or on the IASNR Council affords members the opportunity to contribute substantially to current operations and future directions of the organization. IASNR strives for the organizational leadership to be “broadly representative of the membership, reflecting a balance of: (1) disciplinary orientations in the social sciences; (2) natural resource management fields; and (3) professional practice” (e.g., academic and agency scientists; resource managers; domestic and international; mid-career and seasoned). Interested individuals must have familiarity with the organization, evidenced by a history of active involvement in ISSRM and/or other IASNR activities. Additional information regarding eligibility and responsibilities of these positions is included below and also available on the IASNR website (www.iasnr.org) under the “About IASNR and Our Journals” tab and “Click here for more information about our organization” section. All Executive Officer and Council positions are unpaid voluntary positions.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER POSITIONS
The Executive Officers comprise three elected members – Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary – collectively responsible for general operations, financial administration, records management, communications, and implementation of Council decisions on behalf of the organization. The term of service for Executive Officers is three years. Nominees for Executive Officer positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of five years (cumulative) prior to the beginning of service as an Executive Officer. The Executive Director is eligible for only one term. The Treasurer and Secretary may serve for two terms (cumulative).

Executive Director
The Executive Director provides general oversight and leadership for the organization, with responsibilities and accountability for implementing the decisions of the Council on behalf of IASNR. The Executive Director works closely with the Treasurer, Secretary, and Council to formulate strategic directions and governance and execute day-to-day operations of the organization. S/he coordinates with standing and ad hoc Council committees, the editors and publishers of IASNR publications, the local ISSRM organizing committees, and cultivates and maintains relationships with allied organizations and professional societies to achieve the objectives of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to have a strong grasp of IASNR’s mission and lead by fostering enthusiastic and forward-looking engagement across all aspects of the organization.

Treasurer
The Treasurer has primary responsibility and accountability for financial management and reporting for the organization, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Treasurer include oversight and management of financial transactions, formulation and execution of the annual operating budget, routine management and monitoring of all accounts, preparation and filing of required federal tax returns and nonprofit legal documents, chairing the Council Financial Committee, working closely with local ISSRM organizing committees, providing written financial reports to Council and membership, and recordkeeping for all IASNR financial and business-related activities.

Secretary
The Secretary has primary responsibility for all IASNR communications, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Secretary include recording minutes of all Council and General Assembly meetings, collecting and archiving committee meeting reports, maintaining the official records of IASNR, chairing the Council Communications Committee, preparing and distributing outreach materials (“Keeping In Touch”), and coordinating with the IASNR administrative office and IT service provider to manage the organization’s website, social media activities, and associated information resources.

IASNR COUNCIL POSITIONS

The IASNR Council consists of nine professional members, one student representative, and the co-editors of the journal as ex-officio members. The Council serves a broad role in supporting IASNR objectives to (1) foster the interdisciplinary social scientific understanding of the relationships between humans and natural resources; (2) further the application of social science information in natural resource decision-making; and (3) provide mechanisms whereby social scientists, resource managers, practitioners, agency personnel, and decision makers can generate dialogue and useful exchange of ideas. Council members are expected to actively engage in Council activities, including participation in Council meetings, service on Council committees, thoughtful and timely response to Council communications, attendance at IASNR-supported activities at ISSRM, and infusion of new and innovative ideas in support of organization objectives.

Council Professional Positions
The term of service for professional Council members is three years. Nominees for professional Council positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may be re-elected for a second term, but no member may serve more than two terms without an interval of at least three years off Council.

Council Student Representative-Elect Position

The term of service for the Student Representative on Council is two years — serving one year as Student Representative-Elect, then transitioning the following year to Student Representative as liaison between the Council and Student Affairs Committee, for which the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect serve as co-chairs. Nominees for Student Representative-Elect must have been an IASNR student member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may not be re-elected for a second term.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
Members may submit one or more nomination for each open position (self-nominations are not allowed). Nominations must include the following: (1) nominee’s name, title, affiliation, and contact information; and (2) a brief supporting statement (e.g., highlighting past IASNR or ISSRM involvement, describing relevant experience or qualifications). Nominations should be sent by email directly to the Elections Committee (c/o Tom_Fish@nps.gov) no later than Monday, October 31, 2016. Please include “IASNR Election Nomination” in the email subject line.

Elections will be held in early 2017, with notification of results in the spring in advance of the 2017 ISSRM. Official duties will begin January 1, 2018, following a six-month transition period as non-voting observer. Contact the Elections Committee with any related questions.

Thank you for your continued support of IASNR.

 

Sincerely,

~IASNR Council Elections Committee

IASNR is now a member of AmazonSmile!

IASNR is now a member of AmazonSmile! At no cost to you, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile transactions to IASNR. These funds will then be used to support students and the organization as a whole. Please participate by clicking here.Your purchase must be made through AmazonSmile for the donation to be made to IASNR. Click here to view the AmazonSmile FAQ page.

Please email Jessica Burk at info@iasnr.org if you have any questions.

Regards,

IASNR Office

Join and Use the IASNR List-Serve!

Are you looking for more timely communication about IASNR and related activities such as jobs, conferences, or scholarship and teaching? We have a great option!! The IASNR List-Serve is a mechanism to foster immediate and timely communication among IASNR members. Topics may include research, academic, or employment opportunities; questions about teaching or scholarship; or timely news that may be of interest to members. You may also use the List-Serve to solicit and recruit participants for your organized session at the 2017 ISSRM. The list is not moderated, so any member who subscribes may post to the list.

Join by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please email the IASNR Office.

Call for Nominations:  2016 Outstanding Article Award

SNR is excited to announce our 2016 call for papers for our  2nd annual Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award.  Please see the announcement below and contact us at snr@colostate.edu if you have any further questions.

Society & Natural Resources
Call for Nominations:  2016 Outstanding Article Award

Society & Natural Resources is pleased to call for nominations for the 2nd annual Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award, for best general research article published in Volume 29 (2016) of the journal. The author(s) of the award-winning article will receive a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and will be recognized at the 2017 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Umeå, Sweden; and through the journal and related websites.

Criteria: The award will be presented to the author(s) of a general research article published in Volume 29 (2016) of Society & Natural Resources that, in the judgement of the selection committee, makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of scholarship on society and natural resources. Selection criteria include:

  • Innovative and interesting topic
  • Meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources
  • Engagement with prior scholarship
  • Quality of conceptual development
  • Solid, well-articulated methodology and effective use of evidence, as applicable
  • Coherent and persuasive argument
  • Clarity and general excellence in writing

Preference will be given to an article that promises to be influential over time.

Nominations:  The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in Volume 29 (2016) of the journal. Independent nominations from the same pool of eligible articles are welcome and encouraged.** To nominate an article, please send a letter to SNR@colostate.edu including the article’s full citation, a brief explanation of why, in your view, the article represents an outstanding contribution to scholarship on society and natural resources, and why you expect it to be influential over time.

Deadline: Letters of nomination must be received by November 15, 2016.

For further information about this award, please contact:  SNR@colostate.edu

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* If more than one author, the cash award will be divided equally among the authors.

** Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current editors of the journal are ineligible to receive this award.

Call for IASNR Executive Officer and Council Nominations

Greetings,

The IASNR Council Elections Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the following IASNR leadership positions:

* Executive Director
* Treasurer
* Secretary
* IASNR Council Professional (3 seats)
* IASNR Council Student Representative-Elect

Service as an Executive Officer or on the IASNR Council affords members the opportunity to contribute substantially to current operations and future directions of the organization. IASNR strives for the organizational leadership to be “broadly representative of the membership, reflecting a balance of: (1) disciplinary orientations in the social sciences; (2) natural resource management fields; and (3) professional practice” (e.g., academic and agency scientists; resource managers; domestic and international; mid-career and seasoned). Interested individuals must have familiarity with the organization, evidenced by a history of active involvement in ISSRM and/or other IASNR activities. Additional information regarding eligibility and responsibilities of these positions is included below and also available on the IASNR website (www.iasnr.org) under the “About IASNR and Our Journals” tab and “Click here for more information about our organization” section. All Executive Officer and Council positions are unpaid voluntary positions.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER POSITIONS
The Executive Officers comprise three elected members – Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary – collectively responsible for general operations, financial administration, records management, communications, and implementation of Council decisions on behalf of the organization. The term of service for Executive Officers is three years. Nominees for Executive Officer positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of five years (cumulative) prior to the beginning of service as an Executive Officer. The Executive Director is eligible for only one term. The Treasurer and Secretary may serve for two terms (cumulative).

Executive Director
The Executive Director provides general oversight and leadership for the organization, with responsibilities and accountability for implementing the decisions of the Council on behalf of IASNR. The Executive Director works closely with the Treasurer, Secretary, and Council to formulate strategic directions and governance and execute day-to-day operations of the organization. S/he coordinates with standing and ad hoc Council committees, the editors and publishers of IASNR publications, the local ISSRM organizing committees, and cultivates and maintains relationships with allied organizations and professional societies to achieve the objectives of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to have a strong grasp of IASNR’s mission and lead by fostering enthusiastic and forward-looking engagement across all aspects of the organization.

Treasurer
The Treasurer has primary responsibility and accountability for financial management and reporting for the organization, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Treasurer include oversight and management of financial transactions, formulation and execution of the annual operating budget, routine management and monitoring of all accounts, preparation and filing of required federal tax returns and nonprofit legal documents, chairing the Council Financial Committee, working closely with local ISSRM organizing committees, providing written financial reports to Council and membership, and recordkeeping for all IASNR financial and business-related activities.

Secretary
The Secretary has primary responsibility for all IASNR communications, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Secretary include recording minutes of all Council and General Assembly meetings, collecting and archiving committee meeting reports, maintaining the official records of IASNR, chairing the Council Communications Committee, preparing and distributing outreach materials (“Keeping In Touch”), and coordinating with the IASNR administrative office and IT service provider to manage the organization’s website, social media activities, and associated information resources.

IASNR COUNCIL POSITIONS

The IASNR Council consists of nine professional members, one student representative, and the co-editors of the journal as ex-officio members. The Council serves a broad role in supporting IASNR objectives to (1) foster the interdisciplinary social scientific understanding of the relationships between humans and natural resources; (2) further the application of social science information in natural resource decision-making; and (3) provide mechanisms whereby social scientists, resource managers, practitioners, agency personnel, and decision makers can generate dialogue and useful exchange of ideas. Council members are expected to actively engage in Council activities, including participation in Council meetings, service on Council committees, thoughtful and timely response to Council communications, attendance at IASNR-supported activities at ISSRM, and infusion of new and innovative ideas in support of organization objectives.

Council Professional Positions
The term of service for professional Council members is three years. Nominees for professional Council positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may be re-elected for a second term, but no member may serve more than two terms without an interval of at least three years off Council.

Council Student Representative-Elect Position

The term of service for the Student Representative on Council is two years — serving one year as Student Representative-Elect, then transitioning the following year to Student Representative as liaison between the Council and Student Affairs Committee, for which the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect serve as co-chairs. Nominees for Student Representative-Elect must have been an IASNR student member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may not be re-elected for a second term.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
Members may submit one or more nomination for each open position (self-nominations are not allowed). Nominations must include the following: (1) nominee’s name, title, affiliation, and contact information; and (2) a brief supporting statement (e.g., highlighting past IASNR or ISSRM involvement, describing relevant experience or qualifications). Nominations should be sent by email directly to the Elections Committee (c/o Tom_Fish@nps.gov) no later than Monday, October 31, 2016. Please include “IASNR Election Nomination” in the email subject line.

Elections will be held in early 2017, with notification of results in the spring in advance of the 2017 ISSRM. Official duties will begin January 1, 2018, following a six-month transition period as non-voting observer. Contact the Elections Committee with any related questions.

Thank you for your continued support of IASNR.

Sincerely,

~IASNR Council Elections Committee