Navigation Links
VIMS professor selected as Leopold Fellow
Date:2/28/2011

Professor Elizabeth Canuel of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is among 20 environmental scientists from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico who have been awarded a prestigious Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2011.

As a Leopold Fellow, Canuel will participate in two intensive week-long training sessionsone on and around Capitol Hilldesigned to promote effective communication of science to citizens, policymakers, the business community, and other non-academic audiences.

The Leopold program, based at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, is named after the influential American conservationist Aldo Leopold, who helped lead the movement for wilderness preservation in the United States. Leopold is author of A Sand County Almanac, one of the classics of American environmental literature.

Professor Pamela Matson, scientific director of the Leopold program and dean of Stanford's School of Earth Sciences, explains, "Academic scientists work hard to understand environmental problems and develop potential solutions, but to solve problems requires communication and a two‐way flow of information between scientists and decision makers. The Leopold Leadership Program trains academics to close the gap between knowledge and action."

Canuel is a marine geochemist who uses chemical "signatures" within environmental samples to better understand how human activities modify the carbon cycle in the coastal zone. Her work has focused on two of the nation's largest and most troubled estuariesChesapeake Bay and San Francisco Bay.

Canuel says her interest in applying for Leopold training stems from her recent involvement in the Chesapeake Algal Projecta collaborative effort to harvest wild algae from Chesapeake Bay for use as a biofueland her desire to train her own and other graduate students at VIMS in effective science communication.

"I applied for the fellowship because I wanted to make my science more relevant to broad audiences," say Canuel. "Working on our biofuels projectwith policymakers and people from the community, industry, and the business sectorhas really opened my eyes to the importance of having skills that will help me translate my research findings into solutions for environmental problems."

During the first weeklong training session, Canuel and the other Leopold fellows will work with media representatives and communication specialists to enhance their skills in communication, outreach, and leadership. The session will include "hands on" training that includes mock interviews and writing exercises for different audiences.

The second session, focusing primarily on interactions with policy makers, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), will be held in Washington, D.C. Fellows will make appointments to meet with key leaders from government agencies, international organizations, business, and Congressional offices.

Canuel will be the third VIMS researcher to take part in Leopold training, following in the footsteps of professors Emmett Duffy and Rom Lipcius, who were selected as Leopold fellows in 2006.

VIMS Dean and Director John Wells says the selection of VIMS researchers as Leopold fellows "reflects both the relevancy of the science we do here at VIMS, and our scientists' admirable desire to communicate and apply their knowledge to solving the problems that face Chesapeake Bay and our coastal ocean."

Other recipients of 2011 Leopold fellowships hail from Arizona State University, Duke University, McGill University, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Calgary, University of Florida, University of Hawaii, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mxico, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Leopold fellows are selected through a competitive application process open to mid-career academic environmental scientists throughout North America. They are expected to use their training to enhance their professional activities both within and outside the scientific community, and to incorporate components of the training into their undergraduate and graduate courses and other outreach activities.

Following her training, Canuel will join Duffy, Lipcius, and the other fellows in the Leopold Leadership Network, a developing "community of practice" of academic scientists and past fellows who are skilled communicators of scientific information to policy makers and other non-scientists on a wide range of pressing environmental issues.


'/>"/>

Contact: David Malmquist
davem@vims.edu
804-684-7011
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Plenary speech by HHMI professor highlights efforts of scientist-educators
2. Illinois professor awarded 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
3. Louisiana Tech University professor named a 2011 Environmental Health Sciences Fellow
4. Salk professor Terrence Sejnowski elected to National Academy of Engineering
5. University of Missouri professor elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science
6. University of Houston professor named 2010 AAAS Fellow
7. Boston University School of Medicine professor receives AACCs Van Slyke Award
8. UTHealth professor to receive service award from American Society for Microbiology
9. CCNY professor gets grant to develop artificial blood
10. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Georges Belfort wins biochemical engineering award
11. UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics professor to be inducted to AIMBE College of Fellows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
VIMS professor selected as Leopold Fellow
(Date:2/8/2017)... , Feb. 7, 2017 Report Highlights ... by 2021 from $8.3 billion in 2016 at a ... to 2021. Report Includes - An overview of ... market trends, with data from 2015 and 2016, and ... - Segmentation of the market on the basis of ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... Feb. 7, 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. ... healthcare, will present at the LEERINK Partners 6th Annual ... Hotel on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. ... the presentation can be accessed at http://wsw.com/webcast/leerink28/zbh .  ... conference via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at ...
(Date:2/6/2017)... 2017 According to Acuity Market Intelligence, ... authorities to continue to embrace biometric and digital ... Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates and 1436 Automated ... than 163 ports of entry across the globe. ... a combined CAGR of 37%. APC Kiosks reached ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... , ... Chef Jodi Abel has returned from her three-week tour through ... gained a number of delicious recipes and new techniques to share with her Lajollacooks4u ... Cape province. It is internationally renowned for its incredible wine farms, beautiful environment, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Feb. 24, 2017 Symic Bio, a biopharmaceutical ... new category of therapeutics, announced today the completion of ... peripheral artery disease. The trial will evaluate the safety ... in the reduction of restenosis following angioplasty. ... milestone for SB-030," said Nathan Bachtell , M.D., ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... FireflySci, Inc is an ... late 2014, FireflySci had the goal of bringing their powerful cuvette and ... shape the path that FireflySci is going on as they add yet another mark ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 24, 2017  OncoSec Medical Incorporated ("OncoSec") (NASDAQ: ONCS), ... a Key Opinion Leader event to highlight new clinical ... poster presentation at the upcoming 2017 ASCO-SITC Immuno-Oncology Symposium ... will be held in-person and via live webcast on ... AM PST at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel ...
Breaking Biology Technology: