2005 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative
Ed Nelson has served as the OR for California State Fresno since 1976. From 1996 until 2000 he served on the ICPSR Council, and while on the Council was instrumental in the establishment of SIMI, the Site for Instructional Materials and Information. He continues to contribute to SIMI's development, serving on the committee that oversees and coordinates its services, and is the author of one of its instructional modules, "Sociology of Religion: Exercises Using General Social Surveys, 2000-2002."
Ed has played a pivotal role in SSRIC, Cal State University's Social Science Research and Instructional Council. Originally formed in 1972 to coordinate CSU's activities as the first of the ICPSR's now 13 federations, SSRIC has, though its thrice-yearly meetings, its workshops, its website, and its annual Student Research Conference, built up a resource that has strengthened quantitative social science throughout the 23 campuses. Almost from the federation's beginning, Ed has been its heart and soul. He has twice been chair of the federation council and continues to serve on its executive committee. He has played a central role in virtually all of the federation's accomplishments, including the establishment of the Teaching Resources Depository. Most recently, he has helped put the federation's budget on a more stable footing, and has played a critical role in redefining and expanding its mission with the development of new technologies such as ICPSR Direct.
Whether it has been negotiating with the Chancellor's Office, obtaining grants, serving as our liaison with the California Poll's Field Institute, traveling around the state on his own time putting on workshops for faculty, or authoring instructional materials for the Depository, Ed has been amazingly generous with both his time and wisdom.