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Leshner Leadership Institute at AAAS Announces First Fellows

The Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science at AAAS announced its first three Fellows on 8 September. The three talented mid-career scientists are the first of 15 who will focus on climate change beginning in June 2016. Future cohorts will focus on other areas of science.

“This new fellowship program highlights and assists mid-career scientists seeking to engage with public audiences, building on the long-standing commitment of AAAS to science communication and public engagement,” said Tiffany Lohwater, director of meetings and public engagement at AAAS.

Nominations are open until 1 November for additional Fellows, to be announced December 2015. Eligibility and nomination requirements are available online at The Public Engagement Fellows program convenes mid-career scientists who demonstrate leadership and excellence in their research careers, as well as an interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The first three Fellows are:



Public Engagement Fellows Tracey Holloway (left), Peter Huybers (center), and Karen Lips (right) | University of Wisconsin/Harvard University/University of Maryland

Tracey Holloway (left)

Holloway is a professor of environmental studies in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she leads a research program that employs computer models and satellite data to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate. Holloway is deputy director of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and President and co-founder of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN). Holloway earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University in 2001.

Peter Huybers (center)

Huybers is Professor of earth and planetary sciences and environmental science and engineering at Harvard University. His research involves the causes of glacial cycles, evaluation of modern climate extremes, and the implications of climate change for food production. Huybers is a recipient of a MacArthur grant, a Packard Fellowship, and the American Geophysical Union's Macelwane Medal. During 2013, he worked as a senior climate advisor in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Huybers earned his Ph.D. in Climate Physics and Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

Karen Lips (right)

Lips is a professor of biology at the University of Maryland, where she studies population biology and the community ecology of amphibians. Lips’ lab focuses on the conservation and ecology of amphibians and reptiles at population, community, and ecosystem scales – especially as they are affected by emerging infectious disease and global change. She was a 2005 Leopold Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in biology in 1995 from the University of Miami.

In June 2016, the full cohort of 15 Fellows will convene at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and networking. The Leshner Leadership Institute is managed by the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, established in 2004 by Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer emeritus of AAAS.