The Officers of the PSA congratulate and welcome Professors Massimi and Wüthrich to the PSA Governing Board, and offer their deep appreciation to all the candidates who ran for election to the PSA Governing Board. The Officers also offer their deep appreciation and thanks to Nancy Nersessian (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Andrea Woody (University of Washington), each of whom are stepping down from the Board after serving two consecutive two-year terms.

Hanne Andersen of Aarhus University, Kathleen Okruhlik of the University of Western Ontario, and P. Kyle Stanford of the University of California-Irvine have been elected to the PSA Nominating Committee, each to serve a two year term ending 12/31/13. Again, the Officers congratulate and welcome Professors Andersen, Okruhlik, and Stanford to the PSA Nominating Committee, thank all those who ran for election to the PSA Nominating Committee, and thank the out-going PSA Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Kenneth Waters (University of Minnesota), Alison Wylie (University of Washington), and, as chair, Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto), for assembling their service to the PSA. In accord with PSA By-Laws, the chair of the in-coming PSA Nominating Committee will be elected by the PSA President, Jim Woodward.

The measure to amend the PSA By-Laws, eliminating the category of Associate Member of the PSA, passed by a vote of 144 (91.14%) in favor to 14 (8.86%) opposed. The newly revised PSA By-Laws are available for your perusal on this website.

The 2011 PSA Election was conducted electronically by the History of Science Society, under the supervision of Jay Malone. PSA members were solicited to vote via email. Of 577 voters eligible to vote in the 2011 PSA election, 166 (28.77%) cast votes. The absolute number of voters in the 2011 election decreased 40.92% over the absolute number of voters in the 2010 election, and turnout in 2011 decreased 12.14 percentage points as compared to 2010. These substantial decreases may be attributable in part to a recent drop in PSA membership, the fact that this is an odd-year (and thus a non-presidential) election, and the fact that one, rather than two, reminders were sent to voters.

Finally, I thank those many Full PSA members took the time to vote in this election. Once again, the PSA Election ran smoothly due in large part to the experience and dedication of Jay Malone and his staff at the History of Science Society, especially Greg Macklem. If you are a Full Member of the PSA and you encountered problems in voting electronically, though, or if you have any other comments, questions, or concerns about the 2011 PSA Election, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gary Hardcastle
Executive Secretary and Treasurer
Philosophy of Science Association