ESA Presents First Class of Science Policy Fellows

Annapolis, MD; October 16, 2014 -- In 2014, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) formed a program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The program will accept five new Fellows each year to serve two-year terms.

The new ESA Science Policy Fellows will engage in a variety of virtual and in-person educational events to teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to provide them an opportunity to engage with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency leaders in Washington, DC.

The first class of ESA Science Policy Fellows was recently selected, and it includes the following ESA members:

- Dr. Marianne Alleyne, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

- Dr. Anders S. Huseth, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University;

- Dr. Jamin Dreyer, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky;

- Dr. Rayda K. Krell, an independent consultant specializing in entomological and agricultural communications;  

- Ariel Rivers, a dual-title doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University, studying entomology and international agriculture and development.

The new class of Science Policy Fellows will begin training at Entomology 2014 in Portland in November. Typical activities for their two-year term will include:

- Attending science and policy workshops and networking events at ESA’s Annual Meeting;

- Participating in teleconferences and webinars on federal science policy and budget development, as well as specific policy issues;

- Assisting in the development of policy statements;

- Participating in Washington DC-based meetings and events for hands-on experience with legislators, legislative staff, and agency leaders.

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