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AIBS names emerging public policy leaders
Date:3/20/2013

WASHINGTON, DC The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has selected two graduate students to receive the 2013 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Jennifer Rood is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Paul Tanger is a Ph.D. candidate in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University.

"AIBS is proud to award Jennifer and Paul the 2013 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award," said AIBS Executive Director Dr. Richard O'Grady. "Their involvement in the upcoming Congressional Visits Day is an important part of our ongoing commitment to fostering a productive dialogue between policymakers and scientists."

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. Rood and Tanger will travel to Washington, DC in April to meet with their congressional delegations. The winners will also participate in a training program on communicating with policymakers and will be briefed on the federal budget for scientific research. These events are in conjunction with the annual Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day. The winners also receive a certificate and one-year membership in AIBS, which includes a subscription to the scientific journal BioScience.

"I applaud Jennifer and Paul for their leadership and accomplishments in science policy," said AIBS President Dr. Joseph Travis. "Their enthusiastic involvement at the interface of science and policy is a model for other scientists."

"I look forward to speaking with my members of Congress about why federal support of fundamental biological research is critical to the well-being of their constituents," said Rood. "I hope that my experience at Congressional Visits Day will give me the opportunity to meet people working at the interface of science and po
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Contact: Julie Palakovich Carr
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American Institute of Biological Sciences
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