By Nicki Lisa Cole, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society
This fourth issue of Consumed marks my last as Editor-in-Chief, and signals the final three months of my role as Communications Coordinator for the section. The two years I’ve spent in this role have been immensely enriching and rewarding for me. I value how serving the section in this way has made me more connected to all of you, and to the diversity of fascinating and important research you conduct. And, I’m proud that we now have an excellent communications team in place that keeps you updated on our section happenings and relevant news via our social media platforms, our section website, and with this publication. This team has worked hard to grow our public face, and I want to take a moment to mark some of our significant achievements over the last two years.
Since August 2013 our number of Facebook fans has grown by over 250 percent. We now regularly reach a monthly audience in the low hundreds. Our section website pulls in a monthly average of over 360 views, and in 2014, people from 77 countries—spanning all continents of the globe—visited our site.
This is great news not only for our section, but in terms of the promise that our research holds to productively address the social, economic, and environmental problems, related to consumption, that plague our world.
As Beth DuFault takes over as your newly-appointed Social Media and Communications Coordinator, please continue to support our collective change-making mission by giving this wonderful team the opportunity to promote you and your research. They are ready and eager to do so, and I can’t wait to see what they bring us in the coming year.