A. Stephen Weithman Award for Best Student Paper
in the Field of Socioeconomics
Missouri Chapter of the AFS
Socioeconomics Section of the AFS
The Missouri Chapter and the Socioeconomics Section of the AFS
are proud to announce the establishment of the A. Stephen Weithman Best Paper
Award in Socioeconomics. These two subunits of AFS are cooperating to promote
communication and interest in the field of socioeconomics by sponsoring an
annual award for the best student paper in the field. The award will be
presented for the best platform or poster paper presented by a student at the
annual AFS meeting. Completed papers will be judged on content, originality,
organization, contribution to the field of fisheries science, and overall
presentation of the study. The award winner will be announced on the
Socioeconomic Section’s webpage (www.fisheries.org/socioecon) and receive $150
and an award certificate following the annual AFS meeting.
The Socioeconomics Section and Missouri Chapter are proud to
sponsor this award in honor of Steve Weithman. To be considered for this award,
interested applicants should complete the form available at
http://www.fisheries.org/socioecon/Awards/ and deliver it to the
President of the Socioeconomics Section by July 1
(via e-mail or fax).
This award was established in honor of Steve Weithman. Steve was 47, and an AFS
member since 1974. He died 13 July 2000 in Columbia, Missouri, after a valiant
five-month battle against pancreatic cancer. He received his B.A. (1974), M.S.
(1975), and Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Missouri. He had been employed
by the Missouri Department of Conservation since 1978.
Steve began his career as a fisheries research biologist, later became
environmental services supervisor, and most recently was fisheries research
supervisor at the Conservation Science Center in Columbia. He conducted research
on a variety of topics, but was best known for his economic evaluation of
fisheries and statewide surveys of anglers.
Steve understood the importance of communicating research results to his fellow
scientists and to the public. He published 28 scientific and popular articles.
He presented his findings at over 30 scientific meetings, including seven AFS
annual meetings or symposia and a dozen state or regional conferences.
Recognized as an expert in his field, he authored the chapter on socioeconomic
benefits of fisheries in Inland Fisheries Management in North America (second
edition, 1999), a best-selling AFS publication. In addition Steve served as
financial advisor to AFS.
Steve was a Certified Fisheries Scientist and a Life Member of AFS. He served on
various committees of the Missouri Chapter, served two terms as chapter
president, and acted as financial advisor to the chapter. He co-chaired the 1993
Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Steve was the first recipient of the
Missouri Chapter’s A. Stephen Weithman, Jr. Leadership Award in recognition and
appreciation of his outstanding leadership in protecting Missouri’s aquatic
resources. The chapter’s proclamation stated, “His leadership efforts are
notable not only for their positive outcomes but are remembered for the
professional and caring manner in which they were delivered.”