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AIBS names emerging public policy leaders
Date:3/8/2010

WASHINGTON, DC The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has selected Meredith Niles, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Ryan Richards, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Leslie Smith, a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, to receive the 2010 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award (EPPLA).

"AIBS is committed to fostering a productive dialogue between policymakers and scientists," said AIBS Executive Director Dr. Richard O'Grady. "We applaud Meredith Niles, Ryan Richards, and Leslie Smith for exemplifying this commitment through their work."

Since 2003, AIBS has recognized the achievements of biology graduate students who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude for contributing to science and public policy. AIBS will bring Niles, Richards, and Smith to Washington, DC, in April to meet with their Congressional delegations and to attend a briefing on the federal budget for scientific research. These events are in conjunction with the annual Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day. Niles, Richards, and Smith will also receive a certificate and one-year membership in AIBS, which includes a subscription to the journal BioScience.

"By participating in the 2010 Congressional visits event, Meredith, Ryan, and Leslie are playing an important role in bridging the communication gap between our nation's policymakers and the scientific community," said AIBS Director of Public Policy Dr. Robert Gropp.

"Engendering collaborations between scientists and policymakers is vital for the continuation and success of both disciplines," said Niles. "I hope to be a part of the future generation making such efforts possible."

Niles is a former Fulbright Scholar who is pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis. Her thesis research on sustainable agriculture practices has implications
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Contact: Julie Palakovich Carr
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American Institute of Biological Sciences
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