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Chatham University faculty member Michael Finewood elected to serve as secretary of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences

PITTSBURGH (June 1, 2012) … Michael Finewood, assistant professor of sustainability in Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, was recently elected secretary of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Finewood joined Chatham in 2011 and previously served as a visiting instructor in Old Dominion University’s Department of Political Science and Geography. He holds a B.A. in anthropology from North Carolina State University and an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of South Carolina.

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is an independent faculty-and-student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem solving. A major aim of AESS is to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of environmental science, policy, management, ethics, history, and all of the other vital contributions of traditional disciplines.

About Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the EnvironmentThe School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies program and launching this fall is the Master of Sustainability program. Both masters programs take a transdisciplinary, systems-based approach to issues concerning sustainability and the environment. The SSE also offers an online Certificate in Sustainable Management, which provides a practical foundation in the fundamentals of sustainability and their application in diverse settings — government, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit