Nana Kirk, PhD, Senior Associate, Environmental Vision, is the 2012 recipient of the EDRA Service Award.
Nana Kirk is Senior Associate at Environmental Vision in Berkeley, California. Her EDRA membership stretches back several decades, beginning when she was an MLA student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, continuing through her time as PhD candidate at University of California, Berkeley and to the present as a practitioner and academic. She has long been an active member of the organization, serving as the student member of EDRA’s Board of Directors from 1998-1999 and Board Vice-Chair in 1999. She continues to be a contributing member of EDRA’s Cyberspace & Digital Environments Knowledge Network.
Since 2008, Nana has been a vital member of EDRA’s web team, managing the EDRA Event Calendar, and sharing responsibility for posting news and information items. Nana has taken on the task of finding, digitizing, and publishing to the web the entire oeuvre of EDRA Proceedings dating back to EDRA1. She has, as of her original nomination, found all but three of them. Nana has cataloged and published old DRNs and, in all, made over 500 PDF documents available to EDRA members online through resources on EDRA’s website. In addition, Nana has been cataloging the E&B journal and conference articles into an online citation index associated with the EDRA website. The index, as of this nomination, consists of over 5,000 references.
This output represents several hundred hours of volunteer effort on Nana’s part. Nana’s hard work has provided an incredibly valuable resource to the EDRA membership. These efforts of digital indexing and building a scholarly citation and content resource provides EDRA’s members with long sought access to literature that speaks directly to EDRA’s mission of advancing and disseminating behavior and design research toward improving the understanding of relationships between people and their environments. Without Nana and her commitment, EDRA would not be pioneering living links among our history, societal contributions, design practice, and the exploding realm of social media. This remarkable contribution to the entire breadth of the organization’s membership as well as buttressing the organization’s mission makes Nana Kirk deserving of recognition of the 2012 EDRA Service Award.