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

ore 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.

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