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Apps4Africa Addresses Climate Change
Jeff Fox, 2010-12 S&T Policy Fellow at the State Department, is working on the Apps4Africa contest, a creative way for local innovators in African countries to address climate change adaptation. Dr. Fox helps coordinate communication between State Department offices and the private partners implementing the program, and evaluates the effectiveness of the program through participant surveys and data collected from social and online media. The Center for American Progress recognized the Apps4Africa program for being “innovative and collaborative.” Read more here.
DJ Patil Contributes to Two Part NPR Series
DJ Patil, 2004-05 Fellow at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, took part in a two part NPR series exploring “big data.” Read more on NPR’s website.
John Ohab Writes Guest Blog on Groundwire.org
John Ohab, 2007-08 S&T Policy Fellow at National Institutes of Health and 2008-09 Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense, wrote a guest blog called “3 Ways to Make Science Less Sciency.” Read more on groundwire.org.
Francesca Grifo is a Guest on NPR
Francesca Grifo, 1990-91 S&T Policy Fellow at US Agency for International Development, was a guest on NPR on November 30, 2011 where she discussed federal agency scientific integrity policies. Dr. Grifo is currently working at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Read more on NPR’s website.
Sabrina McCormick Appears on the NBC Nightly News
Sabrina McCormick, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the lead authors on an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)”. Sabrina was profiled in several online articles including Time Magazine and New York Times DOT Earth blog, additionally she also wrote a blog post on Culture of Science blog, and she appeared on the NBC Nightly News.
Former Fellow at NSF Helped Communicate Scientific Stories to the Public
Nicole Garbarini, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the HEHS Program, was featured in a LiveScience article about her work at the NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. During her fellowship Nicole helped with the agency’s science communications outreach effort. Read more about her work at NSF.
Two Congressional Fellows Sponsored by ACS Featured in Weekly Publication C&EN
Two 2010-11 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows sponsored by ACS, Jasmine Dimitriou, office of Senator Richard Durbin and Dale Orth, office of Senator John Rockefeller, were featured in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). In the article “From the Lab to Capital Hill,” Jasmine and Dale discuss what was like to be a chemist in a Congressional office and what they learned during their year working on the Hill. Read the complete article on C&EN’s website.
Umesh Thakkar Awarded the Science Prize and Published Article in Science Magazine
Umesh Thakkar, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the HEHS Program, is a winner of Science magazine’s Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) award. An article on his project titled, “Facilitating Scientific Investigations and Training Data Scientists” was published in the 29 July 2011 issue of Science magazine. Both the article in Science magazine and the AAAS news release are available online.
New State Department Advisor Started Career in Policy as a AAAS Congressional Fellow
E. William Colglazier, 1976-1977 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow ® in the office of Congressman George Brown, was named the State Department’s new adviser on science and technology. Read more about his new position on ScienceInsider’s website.
Fellow Awarded the Franklin Award from the State Department
Jana Hall, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at the Department of State, was awarded the Franklin Award in July, 2011. The award recognizes Dr. Hall’s efforts for “furthering U.S. efforts to promote peace-building through the use of science diplomacy at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.” The award was presented by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
Ilya Fischoff Urges Scientists to Call their Representative and be a Voice for Science
Ilya Fischoff, 2010-11 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in the office of Rep. Ed Markey (D- MA), wrote an article in a 26 July 2011 AGU publication. Dr. Fischoff wrote about his experience as a Hill employee and urges his fellow scientists to get involved by contacting their representatives. Download the article to read more.
Ed Carr Profiled in USAID’s Frontlines
Ed Carr, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), was profiled in the June/July 2011 issue of USAID’s Frontlines. Read about his efforts to examine the relationship between science and society on the USAID website.
Gaby Dreyfus Accepted a New Position at Department of Energy
Gaby Dreyfus, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the EEA Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, accepted a position at the Department of Energy. Gaby started her job in July, 2011 where she’ll work in the Office of Policy and International Affairs as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Climate Change Technology Policy Fellow.
Article in Acoustics Today Describes a Fellow’s Two Years as a Scientist in Washington, DC
Jeff Fox, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the State Department and 2009-10 Congressional Science & Engineering FellowÂ® sponsored by AIP, published an article in the April 2011 issue of Acoustics Today. This was a special edition featuring scientists working in public policy and service from the Acoustical Society of America, one of the co-sponsors of Jeff’s Congressional Fellowship. To read the article, please visit the Acoustics Today website or download a full PDF of the article.
Former Fellow Publishes First-Author Manuscript in Science
Alice Luo Clayton, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow at NIH, published her first-author manuscript from her post-doctoral work in the 15 July 2011 issue of Science magazine. The article entitled, “Linking Context with Reward: A Functional Circuit from Hippocampal CA3 to Ventral Tegmental Area” is available online on the Science magazine’s website. Click here to read the report.
University Lists Fellow to Their “Points of Pride” List
A 2010-11 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at the US Department of State, James Head, was added to the Texas Christian University Political Science Department’s “Points of Pride” list. Visit the list on TCU’s website.
Fellow Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Energy
Marina Sofos, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy (DOE), is the recipient of the DOE Certificate of Appreciation from the director of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) and senior advisor to the secretary Arun Majumdar, for organizing the Second Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in May, 2011.
John Ohab Wins Award for a Project He Worked on During His Fellowship
On June 10, 2011, John Ohab, 2008-09 S&T Policy Fellow in the NDGS program at the Department of Defense (DoD), was recognized at the White House Champions of Change event where he received the Data.gov “Leader of the Apps” Award. He received the award for the work he did while he was a Fellow at DoD for the largest number of apps published and accessed on Data.gov. Learn more on John Ohab’s website.
Fellow Earns a State Department Honor Award
Rod Schoonover, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD program at the State Department, is the recipient of the Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State for his “work integrating science, technology, and environment into intelligence, within and outside the State Department.”
Former Congressional Fellow Promoted to New Associate Dean at George Washington University
Daniel Ullman, 2006-07 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow Â® sponsored by AMS in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, was promoted to the new Columbian College associate dean for undergraduate studies at George Washington University. Read more about Dr. Ullman’s new position on the GWU website.
Fellow Attends the Final Endeavor Space Shuttle Launch
Larry Meinert, 2010-11 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow Â® sponsored by GSA, attended the final Endeavor space shuttle launch on May 16, 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At the time, Larry was a Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08). He is currently a Fellow in the office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). View a photo of Larry and one of the Endeavor’s Astronauts.
Former Fellows Work Towards Protecting Endangered Species Act
Two former S&T Policy Fellows at the Environmental Protection Agency, Sylvia Fallon, 2004-05 and Joseph Roman, 2005-06, work towards protecting Endangered Species Act that is currently under attack in Congress. Read more in the AAAS website.
Fellow Takes Time Out of a UNESCO Meeting for a Photo During a Tour of Duty in Paris
In May of 2011, Jana Hall, a 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at the State Department (fourth from right, behind woman in pink), posed with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion. Jana is currently doing a tour of duty working at the Paris UNESCO office.View a photo of Jana Hall in Paris.
Former Fellows Receive Awards from the National Association for Government Communicators
John Ohab, 2007-2009 S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS Program at the National Institutes of Health, and Dan Stimson, 2006-2008 S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS Program at the National Institutes of Health, each received honors from the National Association for Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards. John Ohab’s entry, Armed with Science, received second place in the Social Media Outreach/ Communications category, and Dan Stimson’s entry, Lobe-oratorium, received second place in the Display category. The NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies and recognizes the people that create them. More than 430 entries in 38 categories were received and judged by a panel of experts. Click here to view the complete listing of award winners.
Former Fellow Rafe Sagarin receives Guggenheim Fellowship
Rafe Sagarin, 2002-2003 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® sponsored by GSA in the Office of Representative Hilda Solis, received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. In part of his winning Guggenheim Fellowship application, he described his Natural Security Project, which he started developing during his AAAS Fellowship year. His National Security Project examines how examples of adaptation and evolution in nature can be used as a guide for improving our own security. Read the news release on the University of Arizona website.
Former Fellow Stars in His Own Show on National Geographic
Justin Grubich, 2006-2008 S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy Program at the State Department, and fellow biologist John Odenkirk, are now the stars of the new National Geographic Channel show Hooked. Follow them on their journey to find the elusive Nile perch. Find out more information about the show and when it will air on the National Geographic website.
Current Fellows and Fellowships Staff Volunteered at the White House Easter Egg Hunt
AAAS S&T Policy Fellows and Fellowships staff participated with AAAS at The Science Inside You booth during the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll. The booth had three activities for kids and families taking part in the event to teach them about food and exercise. Danielle Evers, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy/President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and Rick Kempinski, DSD Fellowships Program Manager, were both volunteers. View a photo of Danielle and Rick on the White House lawn.
Fellow Publishes Article in Science
Sarah Gallagher, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the EEA Program at the Environmental Protection Agency, published an article in the March 2011 issue of Science Magazine entitled “Ordered and Dynamic Assembly of Single Spliceosomes.” Read the article on the Science website.
Current & Former Fellows Participate in the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum in Peru
The biennial Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum gathered over 300 participants from around the world who are working with governments, businesses, nonprofits, and research organizations to improve indoor air quality, health, and mitigate climate change with cleaner cookstoves. Several current & former Fellows were also in attendance as both attendees and as panelists/discussion leaders. The current & former fellows included Ranyee Chiang, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the EEA Program at the U.S. Department of Energy; Pete DeCarlo, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the EEA Program at the Environmental Protection Agency; Jay Graham, 2008-2010 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Yvonne Njage, 2009-10 S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS Program at the National Institutes of Health; and Doreen Salazar, 1998-00 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at USAID.
Ranyee Chiang, Pete DeCarlo and Yvonne Njage had the opportunity to meet the First Lady of Peru, Pilar Nores de García, who also attended the conference to speak about Peru’s national cookstoves program and her Sembrando Program which aims to bring clean water and improved stoves to poor households all over Peru. View a photo of the Fellows and First Lady.
Congressional Fellow Assists With STEM Education Bill
Ashley White, 2010-11 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® sponsored by OSA/MRS, spearheaded a new STEM Education Bill introduced on April 13, 2011 by Representative Al Franken (D-MN). Watch the video now.
Judith Weis Publishes New Book
Judith Weis, 1983-84 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® sponsored by the American Society of Zoologists (now the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology) in the office of Representative David Durenberger (R-MN), published a book entitled Do Fish Sleep? in March 2011. The book is written in question and answer format and explores the habits of fish. This book is available on the Rutgers University Press website.
Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) Beat IBM’s Super-Computer at Jeopardy
Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) became the first human to beat the IBM super-computer, Watson at Jeopardy. During a bipartisan event on February 28, 2011, he beat out the super-computer with 8,600 points to Watson’s 6,200 points. Rep. Holt was a 1982-83 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow® sponsored by the American Physical Society in the office of Representative Robert Edgar (D-PA). Read more on The Washington Scene’s website.
A Trip to Promote Science Diplomacy in Uzbekistan
Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary for Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs at the Department of State and 1985-86 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at USAID, visited Uzbekistan in February, 2011 to discuss current and potential collaborations between the two countries on upcoming scientific initiatives. Her visit builds upon the current administration’s commitment to “science diplomacy,” an effort to use science to build constructive and mutual international partnerships. Read more on the Embassy’s website.
Article correction: The article references that Dr. Jones received her start through a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship in 1985. The article incorrectly states that “today more than 30 scientists and engineers enter the program every year. “ The fellowship program actually has more than 200 Fellows and about 30 of those Fellows are at the Department of State.
A $1 Million Donation Given to ASME to Endow the Fellowship Program
In February 2011, Mechanical Engineering, a publication of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), reported that John A. Swanson, PhD has donated a total of $1 million to support the ASME Federal Fellows program. ASME is one of thirty AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellows® partner societies that provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers to contribute to the policy making process in Congress. Swanson is dedicated to the future of engineering and wants to help others in his same profession succeed and prosper. Read the complete article on their website.
Nature Magazine Publishes Article on the Importance of Science and Diplomacy
Several current and former AAAS S&T Policy Fellows were featured in the latest issue of Nature magazine; the article described how scientists and researchers play an integral role in the federal government. Read the entire article on their website.
Article correction: The article references that “43 former fellows now work overseas for the state department” and “a further 43 work abroad for USAID.” According to program director Cynthia Robinson, the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships doesn’t know the exact number of fellows working abroad for either the Department of State or for USAID.
The article also references that Vaughan Turekian is the chief international officer at AAAS and director of the Center for Science Diplomacy. Dr. Turekian was also a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the Department of State from 2002-04.
Fellow at USAID Describes the Importance of His Work
Amit Mistry, 2009-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at USAID, was featured on USAID’s Impact Blog. Read more on the USAID website
Former Fellow Joined Scientists Without Borders
Mark Fleury, 2009-10 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the office of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), has joined Scientists Without Borders as a project manager.
Edward Carr Publishes New Book
Edward Carr, 2010-11 S&T Policy Fellow in the DSD Program at USAID, published a book entitled Delivering Development: Globalization’s Shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future in February 2011. The book explores topics related to development, climate change, sustainability and Africa. Visit Amazon’s website to purchase or read more about the book.
Using Science to Influence Policy, Todd Haim Describes His Journey to Become a Fellow
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University featured Todd Haim, 2009-2010 S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS Program at the National Institutes of Health, on their website in January 2011. Read the article on their website.
Norman Lerner Reflects on His Time as a Fellow
Norman Lerner, 2009 – 2010 IEEE Executive Branch Fellow at the State Department, gave a detailed account of his time as a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the January issue of Today’s Engineer. Read the article.
Chemical and Engineering News Profiles Former Congressional Fellow
C&EN profiled Will O’Neal, 2008-2009 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by ACS in the office of Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), who was appointed the new legislative assistant in the same congressional office. Read the article.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Described a Former Fellows’ Journey in their Newsletter
The UNMC wrote a feature on Renaisa Anthony, 2007 – 2008 S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS program at the National Institutes of Health, who is now the deputy director for UNMC’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Read about her journey.
Secretary of State Acknowledged the Importance of the AAAS Fellows
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton recognized 23 Fellows while speaking at USAID on a new QDDR initiative. Watch her speech.
Former Fellow Accepts New Job for the 112th Congress
David Pomerantz 1982-83 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by APhA, was appointed the new Democratic Staff Director of the House Appropriations Committee for the 112th Congress.
Two Fellows Publish Article in an ACS Journal
Two AAAS S&T Policy Fellows in the HEHS program at the National Institutes of Health, Anthony Dickherber (2009 – 2010) and Mark David Lim (2007-2009), published an article in the January 2011 edition of journal Analytical Chemistry. The article entitled, “Before You Analyze a Human Specimen, Think Quality, Variability, and Bias”, can be found on the journal’s website.
Scitable Interviews HHS Fellow
Jenny Gordon 2010-11 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS program at the Department of Health and Human Services, was featured in an interview on Scitable’s website explaining why she has accepted a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship. Read what she has to say on their website.
The Washington Post Profiles a Former Former Fellow
Gregory B.Jaczko, 1999-00 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by AIP in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev), discussed his new position as the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) with The Washington Post in September 2010. Read the article.
Work at EPA Leads to Publication
Jon Z. Kaye, 2005-07 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the EPA, published a paper on the environmental effects of avian influenza in the journal, Environmental Science Technology. Read the article on the American Chemical Society’s website.
Former Fellow Accepts New Job in South Africa
Rebecca Garland, 2008-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Department of Energy, is now a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research in their Environmental Health Group in South Africa, where she focuses on health impacts of air quality and climate change.
EPA Fellow Moves to Australia for an Exciting Job Opportunity
Brenda Lin, 2008-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Environmental Protection Agency, is now a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia, where she works with the Marine and Atmospheric Research Group.
Defense Fellow Helps Barbie With a New Career
Erin Fitzgerald, 2009-2011 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the NDGS program at the Department of Defense, helped Mattel design the look for the new computer engineer Barbie doll, one of Barbieâ€™s latest careers. Click here to more about Erin’s experience.
AAAS Fellows Contribute to Report to the President on Climate Change Adaptation
Six AAAS Fellows participated in the Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which released its interagency report to President Obama in October 2010, outlining recommendations for the federal government to expand and strengthen capacity to better understand, prepare for, and respond to climate change. The Fellows included Ilya Fischhoff (2009-10) at the U.S. Agency for International Development; Christine Jessup (2009-11) and Laura Petes (2009-11) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Judsen Bruzgul (2009-11), Sarah Carter (2008-10), and Sabrina McCormick (2009-11) at the Environmental Protection Agency. See a summary of the major recommendations of the Task Force at: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/adaptation, and read the AAAS News Release on the Fellows participation on the Task Force.
Fellows Among Recipients of GreenGov Presidential Awards
Meghan Radke and Sarah Carter, 2008-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program s at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Julia Gohlke, a 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy program at the State Department, were members of an ad hoc Interagency Climate Change and Health Working Group that was awarded a Green Dream Team GreenGov Presidential Award in October 2010, for their work on the paper “A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change.” The award recognizes “exceptional leadership by an interagency green team to effectively place a Federal sustainability idea into practice.” To see the report and learn more about the award visit www.fedcenter.gov.
National Geographic Features Jerry Glover as an “Emerging Explorer”
Jerry Glover, 2010-11 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the DSF|D program at USAID, was featured in the June 2010 edition of National Geographic Magazine. The article describes Glover’s work in revolutionizing agriculture and developing new crops that can feed more people.
Natural Security Article Published in Journal
Raphael Sagarin, 2002-03 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by GSA, published an article on national security in Homeland Security Affairs. Read the article on the journal’s website at www.hsaj.org.
Historian Publishes New Book on Climate Change
James Fleming, 2006-07 AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow, published a new book entitled Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. The book describes how scientists, climate engineers, and others have manipulated earth’s weather and climate with little concern for the political, military, or ethical implications or the ecological consequences. Read more about the new book and is also available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Shaw University Names Former Fellow as its New President
Irma McClaurin, 2000-01 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy program at the U.S. Agency for International Development, was named president of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. She is the first female president in Shaw University’s 145 year history. Read more about her new position.
Lidija Sekaric Helps Secure Funding for “Energy Innovations Hub” at Pennsylvania Navy Yard
Lidija Sekaric, 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Department of Energy, helped finalize the Energy Innovations Buildings Hub project in the context of the interagency-deployed Regional Innovation Cluster, and also completed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation on collaboration on engineering research centers. Read more about the project at www.energy.gov.
Bob Kopp Publishes Article in Nature
Robert Kopp, 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Department of Energy, published an article in Nature comparing current global sea levels with those in the Last Interglacial stage. Click here to find a list of his publications.
Corey Cohn Appears in EURAXESS Newsletter
EURAXESS, the European Commission Newsletter, interviews Corey Cohn, 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Department of Energy, to discuss his career path and international work. Read more.
Joint Collaboration Leads to Department of Energy’s Biomass Program Publication
Two 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellows in the EEANR program at the Department of Energy, Joanne Morello, and Joyce Yang, co-authored a review article on halophytic algae. Read more about their article.
Melissa Summers Earns a Position at the Berkeley Lab
Melissa Summers, 2007-09 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS program at the National Science Foundation’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, is now campaign manager for Carbon Cycle 2.0 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In this position, she works to encourage collaboration among groups working on climate and energy research. Click here to learn more.
Department of Defense Memo Reaffirms Unrestricted Basic Research
Erin Fitzgerald, a 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the NDGS program at the Department of Defense , helped to publish a guidance memorandum that articulates the DOD’s commitment to lift restrictions on university research. Read the memo by clicking here.
Videos Help Communicate Climate Change Risks
Filmmaker and sociologist, Sabrina McCormick, 2009-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the Environmental Protection Agency, described how videos can be used to craft targeted messages to specific groups regarding climate risk at a lecture co-sponsored by AAAS and the Philadelphia-based Chemical Heritage Foundation. Read more about her accomplishments in a AAAS news release.
Current & Former Fellows Help in Haiti Recovery and Reconstruction
Since the January 2010 Haitian earthquake, several S&T Fellows have been sent to Haiti as part of massive recovery effort to help rebuild the nation. To read more about their efforts, click here.
Former Fellow Named as One of U.S. Senator Harkin’s Committee Leaders
Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, 2003-04 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by SRCD and 2004-06 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy program at the State Department, was named health policy director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). View the press release.
Starting a New Career in Shanghai, China
Andrea Stith, 2003-04 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS program at the National Science Foundation, is now a research fellow in the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Read more about her new Fellowship.
New Book Outlines Recommendations for Climate Change
David Blockstein, 1987-88 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by AIBS/ASZ, co-authored the book, The Climate Solutions Consensus, detailing how humans can deal with rapid environmental changes and providing recommendations on what can be done. The book is available from IslandPress.
Former Fellow Named Science and Technology (S&T) Advisor at USAID
Alex Dehgan,, 2003-05 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy program at the State Department, was appointed the science and technology advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development and also heads the Office of Science and Technology within the new Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning. Read the USAID press release here and on SciDev.Net.
The Hill, a Capital Hill Newspaper, Profiles Eric Werwa
Eric Werwa, 2001-02 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by OSA/MRS, is now the Legislative Director in the office of Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.). He was profiled in The Hill. Read the complete story here.
Global Health Initiatives and Malaria Vaccines, A Fellow’s Story in The Washington Post
Melinda Moree, 1992-94 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the EEANR program at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is now the CEO of Bio Ventures for Global Health and works on an initiative for malaria vaccines in Africa. Read The Washington Post article featuring Moree by clicking here.
Iowa City Features NIH Fellow as their Person of the Month
Gina Schatteman, 2008-10 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the HEHS program at NIH, was featured in the IowaCityBlog.com’s website as their person of the month in January, 2010. Schatteman is praised for her work and role in a NIH initiative she worked on during her fellowship. Read the entire article and an interview here.
National Security Council Appoints New Senior Director for South Asia
Anish Goel, 2002-03 Congressional Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow® sponsored by AIChE and 2003-05 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Diplomacy program at the State Department, was appointed South Asia senior director at the National Security Council. Goel had worked in the State Department’s South Asia Bureau since 2003. Read the entire article on Politico’s website.
On November 4th, 2009, an article written by Andrew Mara, 2008-10 Fellow at the Department of Defense, entitled “Would you like anthrax with that?”, was published in the Boston Herald. The article discusses the safety of the U.S. food supply. To view the report, click here.
Heather Case, 2006-07 AVMA Congressional Fellow, was named AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Scientific Activities Division Director. Read the full article on the AVMA website.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently featured two fellows in their Fellows and Young Investigators October Newsletter. The newsletter features an interview with Dianna Edgil, 2008-10 State Diplomacy Fellow and Julie Schneider, 2002-03 AAAS/NIH Science Policy Fellow. Read their interviews in the NCI October Newsletter.
A report written by Andrew Mara, 2008-10 Fellow at the Department of Defense, entitled “Defending the Military Food Supply Acquisition, Preparation, and Protection of Food at U.S. Military Installations”, was recently published by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University. The report discusses military food defense with a focus on preventing intentional contamination of the military food supply. It also identifies many implications for homeland defense and food safety. To view the report, click here.
An article, “The New Scientists,” by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum features Jessica Palmer, 2007-09 NIH Health, Education and Human Services Fellow. The article discusses the growing number of scientists who are pursuing non-traditional science careers. To read the article, click here.
A panel discussion organized by Matthew Wilson, 2008-10 NSF Health, Education and Human Services Fellow for the National Science Board on August 24-25 on “STEM Innovators” was featured in several press outlets. Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary came to the panel discuss. Read more about it on CNN’s website and in Education Week.
John Ohab, 2006-08 NDGS Fellow, received the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Multimedia and Interactive Publications category for work on the Defense Department’s weekly science and technology radio program, “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military“. To learn more about the APEX Awards, click here. Also, The Baltimore Science News Examiner listed the “Armed with Science” show, as one of “eight podcasts you shouldn’t miss”, along with more popular broadcasts like Science Friday.
Justin Grubich, 2006-08 Diplomacy Fellow, will appear on “Hooked: Vampire Fish” premiering on National Geographic Channel on July 6th at 6 pm ET. For more information click here.
On May 2, 2009, 31 current and former fellows, along with AAAS staff members, spent their mornings cleaning and painting Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, DC, as part of The Greater Washington Servathon 2009 hosted by Greater DC Cares. Their team, “AAAS You Can Believe In”, raised $2980, ranking 5th among 359 teams (comprised of 3549 volunteers) taking part in 65 projects throughout the DC area.
On April 1, 2009, John Ohab, 2008-09 NDGS Fellow and 2007-08 HEHS Fellow, interviewed Mark Drapeau, Associate Research Fellow at the National Defense University and 2006-08 NDGS Fellow, on the “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military” audio webcast on Pentagon Web Radio. They discussed the role of new social technologies for information sharing within government agencies and for interacting with outside partners including the public. To view the story following the interview published by the American Forces Press Services click here. An archived version of the interview can be found here.
Claire Williams, 2007-08 Diplomacy Fellow, has completed her latest textbook entitled Conifer Reproductive Biology. To learn more, click here.
James Fleming, Director of the Colby Science, Technology & Society Department, professor, and 2006-07 AAAS Revelle Fellow, organized and spoke at The Climate and Cultural Anxiety: Historical and Social Perspectives Conference. It occurred at Colby College from April 1-4, 2009. Historians of science and technology and affiliated scholars came together for this conference which was international in scope, interdisciplinary in nature and inter-generational in its inclusion of graduate and undergraduate students. For more information about the conference, click here.
On March 29, 2009, Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), 1982-83 APS Congressional Fellow, was spotlighted in an article entitled “With a physicist’s exactitude, Holt brings the science to the political”, printed in The Star-Ledger and posted on NJ.com. Full text of the article is available along with a slideshow entitled “On the Job with Congressman Rush Holt”.
Margaret E. Kosal, a 2005-07 Defense Policy Fellow, now at the Georgia Institute of Technology, spoke at a conference entitled “Toward an R&D Agenda for the New Administration and Congress: Perspectives from Scientists and Economists” in Washington, DC on March 2, 2009. For more information about the conference, click here.
DJ Patil, LinkedIn Chief Scientist and 2004-06 Defense Policy Fellow, was spotlighted in a Wall Street Journal video, entitled “Where the Jobs Are”, discussing how Linked In is seeing hiring activity in health care and consumer electronics. He also mentions that people are taking steps to look attractive to recruiters in this job environment.
Hiraeth Press and Ecos Systems Institute are pleased to announce the publication of Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land which was edited by Dr. Jamie K. Reaser, 1998-00 Diplomacy Fellow and 2003-04 Revelle Fellow, and Ms. Susan Chernak McElroy.
Daniel Ullman, 2006-07 AMS Congressional Fellow organized a session entitled “The Redistricting Problem” at the math meetings. Daniel was quoted in the discussion of why an ideal algorithmic solution for congressional redistricting would be hard to define, and the session was featured in the Slate Magazine article, “Of the Algorithms, by the Algorithms, for the Algorithms”. Daniel
On December 22, Diana Zuckerman, 1983-84 APA Congressional Fellow, was quoted in a New York Times article entitled “Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction”.
September 23rd, Wired magazine announced The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To. Montgomery McFate, 2003-05 Defense Policy Fellow, was listed as 5th for her use of Anthropology in Military Planning.
On September 10th, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), a bipartisan center for national security studies, hosted a press conference with PSA Advisory Board members and 9/11 Commissioners Rep Lee H. Hamilton (D-IN) and Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA) to unveil our WMD Report Card. Margaret Kosal, Assistant Professor in the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy at Georgia Tech and 2005-07 Defense Policy Fellow, wrote one of the three supporting papers for the Report Card. For more information, click here.
On September 9th, Nancy L. Jones, Planning and Evaluation Specialist for the NIH, Adjunct Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and 2005-07 NIH Science Policy Fellow, gave a talk entitled “A Code of Ethics for Life Sciences – Do we need a Hippocratic Oath for Biomedical Researchers?” at the Bioethics Interest Group meetings at the Natcher Center.
On September 5th, Margaret Kosal, Assistant Professor in the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy at Georgia Tech and 2005-07 Defense Policy Fellow, briefed a 9-member commission headed by former Senator Bob Graham that has been tasked with evaluating Federal government activities to reduce the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Kosal conveyed her assessment of policies intended to reduce the threats posed by chemical weapons proliferation, improvised chemical terrorism, and issues of threats from emerging technologies. This briefing will inform the Commission as they prepare to make their report to Congress in November of 2008.
The articles “Government 2.0: An Insider’s Perspective” and “Government 2.0: A Theory of Social Government” by Mark Drapeau, 2006-08 NDGS Fellow, were published on Mashable.com. He was also interviewed on the Buzz Bin Blog, “Musings and analysis on marketing, buzz, PR and Washington, DC”.
On July 29th, the Surgeon General acknowledged the efforts of Renaisa Anthony, 2007-08 Health, Education and Human Services Fellow, in planning the Surgeon General’s Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth at the 2008 Commissioned Corps Promotion and Awards Ceremony.
On July 28th, 2008 at 6:30 pm, Dahlia Sokolov, professional staff for the House Committee on Science and Technology and 2004-05 AIP Congressional Fellow, spoke at an AWIS Networking Dinner. She discussed the legislative process and her experience working for the House of Representatives. For more information, click here.
Diane Hannemann, 2006-07 Health, Education and Human Services Fellow and 2007-09 Diplomacy Fellow, has been selected to receive the 2008 National Institutes of Health Director’s Award for her efforts last year as a member of the NIH Biennial Report Leadership Team while a fellow in the Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy Analysis.
James Fleming, 2006-07 AAAS Revelle Fellow, is interviewed in Robert Greene’s documentary, “Owning the Weather” to discuss climate control. “Owning the Weather” will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival which occurs July 11th through the 20th. For more information, click here.
Five current AAAS Fellows, Kiki Jenkins, Anne Fischer, José Zambrana, Tiffani Bailey Lash and Janis Johnston were commended in the July 9th article “AAAS Policy Fellows Discuss Ways to Increase Diversity in S&T Workforce”, for their efforts in organizing a “Championing Diversity in Science and Engineering” workshop for their colleagues.
On July 7th, Mark Drapeau, 2006-08 National Defense & Global Security Fellow, delivered the keynote talk at the 44th Annual Golf Tournament of the LA Council of the AeA, in Calabasas, CA. His speech, a Washingtonian’s view on innovation and STEM education, can be seen here.
On June 3rd, “Whale communication and culture” by Joe Roman, 2005-06 EPA Environmental Fellow, was posted on the Encyclopedia of the Earth website.
On May 12th at the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Annual Meeting, ABIS awarded David E. Blockstein, Senior Scientist at the National Council for Science and the Environment and 1987-1988 AIBS/ASZ Congressional Fellow, the 2008 Outstanding Service Award for his contributions to the biological sciences. For more information, click here.
Emily Monosson, 1988-89 Environmental Fellow facilitated an afternoon discussion of women, motherhood and the sciences, at Cornell University on May 9th. Accompanying her will be several other contributors from her new collection of personal stories entitled Motherhood, The Elephant in the Laboratory. For more information about the upcoming event, click here.
Emily Monosson, 1988-89 Environmental Fellow at the EPA, recently published her edited volume, Motherhood, The Elephant in the Laboratory. This book grew out of a discussion on the Former Fellow listserv about combining family with a career in science. For more information about the book, please see her blog.
On March 19th, Kohl S. Gill, Senior Analyst and 2006-08 EEANR Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, presented “The Right to Information Act in India: Implications for International Development Work” for Society for International Development – Washington’s Education for Development Workgroup. For more information, click here.
Alex Bradley, 2006-07 Diplomacy Fellow at the State Department and Senior Research Chemist at DuPont, delivered “Next-Generation Ambassadors: Scientists at the State Department” for the ACS Delaware Section Science Café on March 6.
Mark Drapeau, 2006-08 NDGS Fellow at the Department of Defense, was the lead author of “So Many Zebras, So Little Time: Ecological Models and Counterinsurgency Operations” in the February 2008 edition of the National Defense University’s publication, Defense Horizons. The paper describes a theoretical framework of resource competition for understanding unconventional warfare.
Kathleen A. McGinty, 1989-90 ACS Congressional Fellow and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, delivered The Hans Landsberg Memorial Lecture on February 6th.
On January 30, the nationally syndicated radio series Isla Earth will broadcast a segment about G.S. Callendar, the scientist who established the carbon dioxide theory of climate change. The show will be web cast and the script will be available at http://www.islaearth.org. The show features the The Callendar Effect (Boston: AMS Books, 2007), the award-winning book by James Fleming, 2006-07 AAAS Revelle Fellow.
Three former Congressional Fellows were featured in “Wanted on the Hill: A Few Good Scientists” in the December 10th U.S. News and World Report.
Jennifer Pohlhaus, 2006-08 AAAS Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
Matt Stremlau, 2007-08 AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, was named the grand prize winner and the North American regional winner of the GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists. Click here for more information.
Mark Drapeau, 2006-08 NDGS Fellow at the National Defense University, wrote “A Microscopic Insurgent” in the Opinion section of the December 4 New York Times.
Fred Meyerson‘s article, “Rising carbon emissions call for a population policy,” was featured in the population and climate roundtable of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which was published online on December 3rd to coincide with the first day of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. The roundtable will continue among Meyerson and the other experts for the next several months. Meyerson was a 2001-03 AAAS Fellow at the National Science Foundation.
Three Fellows attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, from 3-14 December: Jeremy Richardson, 2007-08 AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow, Holmes Hummel, 2007-08 AAAS Congressional Fellow, and Alexander Barron, 2007-08 ACS Congressional Fellow.
Montgomery McFate, 2003-05 AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense, was profiled in, “Leading the Charge for Change: An Anthropologist Challenges Conventional Thinking” in the November 30 US News & World Report.
Stephan Butler, 2006-07 ASCE