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Science, Technology & Environmental Politics (Section 15)

The purpose of this section is to stimulate fundamental inquiry on science, technology, and environmental issues as political phenomena.

Founded: 1986
Website: http://stepsection.wordpress.com
Yearly membership dues: $8.00 for students and $8.00 for other members. Subscription to Review of Policy Research included with membership.
Journal: Review of Policy Research; published 6 times per year with electronic-only access.
Newsletter: STEP Ahead
Section Counts

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices.

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Section Officers

Chair
Sarah Anderson
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Secretary
Ramiro Berardo
The Ohio State University
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Treasurer
Ramiro Berardo
The Ohio State University
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Journal Editor
Review of Policy Research 
Christopher Gore
Ryerson University
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Newsletter Editor
Patricia Stapleton
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
David Shafie
Chapman University
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Council
Term: 09/2016-08/2019
Graeme Auld, Carleton University
Chris Koski, Reed College
Kirsten Rodine Hardy, Northeastern University

Term: 09/2015-08/2018
Megan Mullin, Duke University
David Konisky, Indiana University

Term: 09/2014-08/2017
Jennifer Bussell, University of California, Berkeley
Ronald Mitchell, University of Oregon

Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics awards to-date »

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is given for the best paper published in a relevant journal in the last two years. Relevant journals include political science, public administration, public policy, interdisciplinary environmental science, and science and technology studies journals.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

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Award Committee:
Arun Agrawal, Chair
University of Michigan
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Tanya Corbin
Radford University
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Samantha Mosier
Missouri State University
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Don K. Price Award

The Don K. Price Award is given for the best book on science, technology, and politics published in the past three years.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations should be sent to the members of the awards committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Jennifer Hadden, Chair
University of Maryland, College Park
Government and Politics
3140 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD 20742
[email protected]

Leah Stokes
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Political Science, 9420
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
[email protected]

Kirsten Rodine Hardy
Northeastern University
Political Science
201 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
[email protected]

Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize

The Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize is given for the best book on environmental politics and policy published in the past three years.

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Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Chris Bosso, Chair
Northeastern University
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
310 Ren Park
Boston, MA 02115
[email protected]

Deserai Crow
University of Colorado, Denver
7860 East 26th Ave.
Denver, CO 80238
[email protected]

Rob DeLeo
Bentley University
Global Studies
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452
[email protected]

Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award

The Virginia Walsh Dissertation Award is named in honor of a young scholar who tragically passed away last year, is given for the best dissertations in the field of science, technology and environmental politics.

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Nomination Instructions: Dissertations defended in the three years prior to the year in which the award is given are eligible. Please send your nomination with the full dissertation to the Chair and committee members of the awards committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
David Konisky, Chair
Indiana University, Bloomington
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Matto Mildenberger
University of Califorina, Santa Barbara
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Amy Below
Oregon State University
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The Paul A. Sabatier Best Conference Paper Award

The Paul A. Sabatier Best Conference Paper Award is given for the best paper on science, technology, and environmental politics presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Chris Koski, Chair
Reed College
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Heather Hodges
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Alan Steinberg
Rice University
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Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award

The Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award is given to an individual in recognition of their lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics. Nominees must be at least 15 years from completing their PhD degree to be eligible.

Nomination Instructions: Send nominations to committee chair.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Daniel Aldrich, Chair
Northeastern University
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Chris Weible
University of Colorado, Denver
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Eric Smith
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Emerging Young Scholar Award

The Emerging Young Scholar Award is given in recognition of a researcher, within ten years of their PhD degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of science, technology, and environmental politics.

Nomination Instructions: Please send nominations to committee chair.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Ron Mitchell, Chair
University of Oregon
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Megan Mullin
Duke University
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Ann Bowman
Texas A&M University
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