EWC Research Director Nancy Lewis Elected President of the Pacific Science Association

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HONOLULU (June 24, 2011) -- HONOLULU (June 24, 2011) -- Dr. Nancy Lewis, Director of the East-West Center’s Research Program, has been named president of the Pacific Science Association. Lewis was elected at the organization’s 22nd Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected president of the Pacific Science Association as the PSA begins charting the course towards its hundredth anniversary in 2020,” Lewis said.

The PSA, which was founded in Honolulu in 1920, links U.S. scientists with colleagues and institutions in Asia and the Pacific. The organization, whose secretariat is hosted by Honolulu’s Bishop Museum, is committed to advancing interdisciplinary science in the Asia Pacific region, building scientific capacity, encouraging science for public policy and the common good, and promoting Pacific Island involvement in regional and international scientific activities.

During Lewis’ long association with the PSA, she has been particularly active in promoting the participation of women, young scientists and Pacific Island colleagues in the association’s activities.

About Nancy Lewis

As a geographer, Lewis’ research interests include the geography of health and disease; gender, climate change and human health; globalization; and the human dimensions of global change.

Prior to her East-West Center position, she was associate dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s College of Social Sciences from 1993 to 2001. She also held appointments in UH Manoa’s Department of Geography and Center for Pacific Islands Studies. She was previously secretary general of the Pacific Science Association, served as on the inaugural board of the International Association for Ecology and Health, and was president of the Hawai‘i chapter of Sigma Xi - the Scientific Research Society.

Lewis has served as a member of the editorial board of The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs; Pacific Science; Ethics, Place and Environment and EcoHealth, and she is the author or editor of numerous professional publications, including Geographies of Women's Health, published by Routledge, London. She holds both a doctorate in geography and an MS degree in health and medical science from the University of California-Berkeley.