Jessica Hellmann named Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow
IonE director Jessica Hellmann has been named to the first cohort of Public Engagement Fellows of theLeshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The 15 fellows were chosen based on demonstrated leadership and excellence in their research careers and interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society in the area of climate change. Hellmann’s research focuses on global climate change and climate adaptation; she was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management.
Fellows will convene in Washington, D.C., for a week of intensive public engagement training and development, science communication training, and networking during summer 2016.
“I’m honored to be part of the first cohort of the Leshner Leadership Institute,” says Hellmann, professor in the College of Biological Sciences and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. “I plan to use this opportunity to improve the way that the Institute on the Environment serves the public and to advance my own outreach capabilities. No matter how much or how well we scientists interact with the public, we can always do more and do better.”
AAAS is the largest general scientific association “dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people.”