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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 23, 2005

Introduction of the 2005-06 Jefferson Science Fellows

On Tuesday, May 24, 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will introduce the 2005-2006 Jefferson Science Fellows that will begin working at the State Department in September 2005. This event will take place in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State at 1:00 p.m. before invited guests.

The Jefferson Science Fellows program was established in October 2003 by former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to continue elevating the role of science and technology in U.S. foreign policy. It brings five tenured professors each year from American universities for one-year assignments at the Department, followed by a five-year consultancy after returning to their academic careers. The program is supported by generous grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation on a three-year pilot basis, in addition to financial support from participating American universities. A broad range of professional societies and organizations have also endorsed the Jefferson Science Fellows program.

The Jefferson Fellows are chosen through a competition administered by the National Academy of Sciences and the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. They are selected for their scientific achievements, articulation and communication skills, abilities to accurately describe scientific topics for non-scientific audiences, and their interest in science and engineering policy. Through their participation in policy discussions, the Fellows help increase understanding among policy officials of complex, cutting edge scientific and engineering fields, and advise policy makers on the wider international implications of important emerging scientific issues. In this capacity, they bring valuable knowledge from their university and professional networks to bear on the work of the Department and, through the Department, to the wider U.S. Government science and technology community.

The 2004-2005 Fellows are completing successful assignments in August. They include:
Dr. Julian Adams, evolutionary biologist, University of Michigan, Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade at USAID; Dr. Bruce Averill, chemist, University of Toledo, Office of Regional Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs; Dr. Melba Crawford, mechanical engineer, University of Texas at Austin, U.S. National Commission to UNESCO; Dr. David Eastmond, environmental toxicologist, University of California at Riverside, Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Dr. Kalidas Shetty, microbiologist and nutritionist, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Office of Agricultural, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

For further information, please contact: Helen Kim, Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, at (202) 647-8725, or Susan Povenmire, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, at (202) 647-3486.

Released on May 23, 2005

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