Alumni spotlight: recent AAAS Fellowships
Zoology alumni awarded American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellowships:
Lisa (Malloy) Korte (PhD '07): State Diplomacy Fellow, 2008-09
Lisa recently provided an update on her fellowship:
"My AAAS Diplomacy Fellowship is at the Department of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. I am working as a Desk Officer, covering the countries of Republic of Congo, Gabon, and the two-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. Desk Officers are the point person for our American embassies abroad and for other United States federal government agencies. This basically means that anything the U.S. government does in the country should cross your desk. Although Desk Officers know their countries well, they tend to be more generalist than specialist. The 22 months I spent in Gabon completing my dissertation research has been especially helpful for my job. In addition to my Desk Officer duties, I also advise on any scientific issues in my office. Each day at my job is different and I learn something new every day. At times the transition from researcher to Desk Officer is a bit overwhelming, but I am slowly gaining an appreciation for U.S. foreign policy. The AAAS Fellowship Program has helped ease this transition and it is an excellent opportunity for scientists with an interest in policy to become immersed in the U.S. federal government."
Zoology alumnus Cynthia Wei (PhD '04) has been offered a 2009-2010 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.
The Zoology Department congratulates Lisa and Cynthia!
About AAAS Fellowships:
AAAS Fellowships help to establish and nuture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals in order to support public policy that benefits the well-being of the nation and the planet. Read more at: fellowships.aaas.org