2010 News Roundup

The CHANS community lost one of its leading scholars recently with the passing of Steve Schneider of Stanford University, a co-author of the foundational CHANS works published in Ambio and Science. A touching memoir by colleague Paul Ehrlich appears in the August 13 issue of Science.

A CHANS session was held at the joint conference of the Global Land Project and the  Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project at Arizona State University, October 15-19, 2010.
A centennial tribute conference to Ester Boserup entitled "Long-term trajectories in population, gender relations, land use, and the environment" was held November 15-17, 2010 at the Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Lin Ostrom, advisory board member of CHANS-Net, who has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, will be delivering this year's Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on December 10, 2010 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University, where she will also receive an Honorary Degree of Science. Her lecture will  be entitled, "Institutional Robustness: How Institutional Arrangements Facilitate or Detract from  Efforts to Sustain Ecological Systems". The lecture series has previously honored CHANS-Net Advisory Board members William Clark, Ruth DeFries, Simon Levin and Billie Lee Turner II.

A group of 2009 CHANS fellowship recipients is working collaboratively on a research project to assess the professional development, career paths, personal attitudes and experiences, career satisfaction and research outcomes of individuals involved in CHANS research.  They aim to investigate how CHANS researchers are trained and how their training may influence the aforementioned elements of their overall career path, which will be an important contribution to future development of CHANS research and programs and institutions supporting it.