Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2020 Society of Ethnobiology Newsletter!
Our Board meeting was held May 13th and, despite the disappointment of not meeting in person in beautiful Cedar City, it was great to see our Board members and Editors and we made important progress.
- SoE is now a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)! Cissy Fowler and Kali Wade are current representatives.
- Board approved matching funding to support the initial generous donations from Steve Weber and Steve Emslie toward the “Two Steves Award” to fund ethnobiology fieldwork. We will collect further donations to reach the principal with the goal of granting this award in a few years.
- Digital versions of Contributions publications made open access.
- Establishment of an ad-hoc committee to fund small emergency grants to Indigenous communities in need (spearheaded by Liz Olson).
- Establishment of a COVID matters initiative, Ethnobiology in Pandemic Times, to share educational resources with members, building on current and past scholarly networks.
- Establishment of a Marketing Committee for our publications.
Calls to Membership:
- Join us! Call for incoming Board positions: President-Elect, Secretary, Outreach: Membership and Development (self-nominations accepted! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Call for incoming appointments: Contributions Co-Editor, Awards Coordinator (we want you! Contact email@example.com)
- Membership to vote on Code of Conduct (see link below)
Please join me in welcoming Chelsey Armstrong to a second term as our stellar Publications Liaison, and in welcoming the wonderful Annalee Sekulić as our Web Liaison (and currently our Newsletter Editor!). I’m pleased that Rosslyn Mackay is joining us this year as Undergraduate Ethnobiologist. Robert Quinlan has stepped into the Journal of Ethnobiology Co-Editor role, and Maria Bruno has accepted the Ethnobiology Letters Co-Editorship—what fantastic additions to our Editorial teams! And, last but not least, please check out our new crop of Graduate Fellowship Award winners on our website!
The SoE family continues to mourn the passing of colleague, Past-President, friend, and Contributions Co-Editor, Justin Nolan. In his honor, and to recognize his significant support for our graduate fellowships program, we are pleased to name the Ecological Knowledge Graduate Fellowship after Justin Nolan. We will soon be inviting members to visit our in memoriam page for Justin on our website.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge that we are living in both a trying and hopeful time. I wish you and your loved ones safety from COVID-19. I also wish you safety from police violence. I recognize that systemic racism operates in North America and I share in the hope expressed recently by Malcolm Gladwell and Angela Davis that this moment “feels different.” Increasingly, individuals, institutions, and governments are acknowledging and pledging to fight anti-Black racism, violence and racism against Indigenous peoples, and police brutality against peoples of color. Like many white scholars, I have been taking the time to read, listen, discuss, listen more, support local Black and Indigenous initiatives, and call for institutional change. There is serious work ahead, both within our home and work worlds, and within the Society of Ethnobiology, and I want to hear from you.
With love, and in solidarity,