Congratulations to Team Penn State for winning the 2015 ISSRM Quiz Bowl, and to Hakon Stokland (best paper submitted by Doctoral student) and Eric Stubbs (best paper submitted by Master’s student) for receiving the 2015 Paper Award!
Charleston, SC has been a generous host to the ISSRM 2015 meeting. We are saddened by the tragic event that happened on the night of June 17, 2015, where 9 people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church located in the College of Charleston community. IASNR has donated $1,000 to support the families of the victims. As an organization we would like to encourage our members to donate and assist the community to recover. Donations are accepted on the website of the church: http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/
The IASNR Council has approved several amendments to the IASNR Constitution and Bylaws. The amendments have been proposed to accomplish the following:
(1) Provide clarification and consistency of language throughout both documents
(2) Eliminate duplicative language across the two documents (e.g., placing details of organizational rules and operational processes in the bylaws and eliminating same from the constitution)
(3) Revise and standardize required member notification timelines for IASNR administrative actions (e.g., announcement of meetings; notification of amendments to constitution or bylaws)
(4) Update information related to IASNR Executive Officers, Council, and Committees (e.g., eligibility, nomination, elections, process)
(5) Add Emeritus Member as a new class of IASNR membership
Michigan State University
Entirely Online Professional Certificate
Openings Available for Fall Semester 2015
The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to promote the offering of the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program can be completed in addition to current degree programs and supplements a wide range of vocations.
The Certificate equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual backgrounds to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
Participants in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.
Delivered entirely online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today. Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Participants in the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
To earn the Certificate, participants must complete four on-line courses:
- Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)
- Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)
- Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)
- Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)
FOR 831 and FOR 835 are offered during Fall Semester and FOR 833 and FOR 837 are offered in Spring Semester. Participants may take 1 or 2 courses per semester.
Enrollment is now open for 2015 Fall Semester. Applications received by June 26th will be given full consideration. U.S. domestic individuals must complete the application and deliver transcripts; international individuals must complete the application, deliver transcripts, and submit TOEFL scores.
To apply, visit http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp and complete the online application. Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu.
Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Training
for Planners and Environmental-Natural Resource Managers
Rabel Burdge, Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) will be giving a two- day SIA Training Courses titled:
Making Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Count
In the Environmental and Natural Resource Planning Process: Examples from Indigenous Populations
13 & 14 June,2015 at the University of Charleston Conference Center in Charleston, South Carolina, Preceding the Annual Symposium of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)
Learn the basics or update your skills! The two day SIA training course costs US $395 and includes lunch and refreshment breaks both days, the 2015 edition of A Community Guide to Social Impact Assessment, all course hand-outs and a completion certificate. To view the course outline click on http://www.issrm2015.iasnr.org/?page_id=2943 To register for the Symposium and the training course , go to The Symposium Website for registration http://www.issrm2015.iasnr.org/?page_id=2517 To obtain a place in the course, registration by 29 May, 2015 is encouraged. After that date, registration is accepted on a space available basis. For further course details contact Rabel, the instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +1-217-954-1812 . Details on how to reach the venue are included on the Symposium web site and receipts are sent by e-mail after payment confirmation. Special housing rates in Charleston, South Carolina are available through IASNR after registration for the conference. Check in for the SIA course is available on Friday, 12 June from 5-7 pm and on Saturday, 13 June beginning at 7:30 am. Minimum Enrollment is 10 with a Maximum of 25 Persons—So Register Now!
Check out the accepted abstract database for the 2015 ISSRM (click here).
DEADLINE EXTENDED: The editors of Society & Natural Resources invite submissions for a special, interdisciplinary issue on global water crises and efforts to create governance institutions and strategies for a more sustainable future, to be published in late 2015/ early 2016. Authors whose paper proposals are accepted for consideration for the special issue will be encouraged to participate in a related special session at the 21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), June 13-18, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.* See attachment.