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ASA Seeks Nominations for New Task Force on Climate Change

At its February 2010 meeting, the ASA Council approved a proposal by the ASA Environment and Technology Section to establish a Task Force to produce a report applying a sociological analysis to the issue of climate change.  The Task Force will make a series of public policy recommendations based on that analysis.  The Council approved Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, as Task Force Chair, and John Logan, Brown University, as ASA Council Liaison to the Task Force.

Nominations of volunteers to serve, including self-nominations, are sought for this new Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change. Task force members will serve for at least two years.  The task force will report to Council on its progress prior to submitting a final report, and Council could extend the term of the Task Force, as needed.  Council will act on the final report.  This effort will involve a substantial time commitment by the volunteers. Their work is likely to be organized into the following three categories:  A Core Writing Team, Contributors, and Consultants or Reviewers.  A preliminary organizing committee will work with the ASA Council to develop the Task Force, including the core writing teams for each issue area.

Nominations should include a statement of interest and a brief biographical sketch on relevant background and expertise.  Send nominations and supporting materials to American Sociological Association at governance@asanet.org or by surface mail to: American Sociological Association, ATTN: Governance, 1430 K St., NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

A subcommittee of the ASA Council will review the nominations and select the members.  Appointments will be made by June 2010.  The Task Force will meet at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta and periodically (e.g., via conference call, and “Web-enabled” virtual methods).  Much of the vitality of ASA flows from its diverse membership.  With this in mind, it is the policy of the ASA to include people of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, sociologists from smaller institutions or who work in government, business, or other applied settings, and international scholars in all of its programmatic activities and in the business of the Association.