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2009 Fellows in the News

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 onCNN'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 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 Magazinearticle, "Of the Algorithms, by the Algorithms, for the Algorithms". Daniel