The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is proud to announce the 50thth Class of Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF), which will help inform actionable, science-based policies across the US government. Among the 300 highly qualified scientists and engineers who were selected, Dr. Pierre-Andre Jacinthe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI, to spend a year at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office Resilience and Food Security (FSO). The Bureau leads the implementation of Feed the Future, the US government’s program to sustainably reduce world hunger, malnutrition and poverty through agricultural economic growth.
“Climate change poses a real challenge to food production, especially in resource-poor regions of the world,” said Jacinthe. “Feed the Future has a particular focus on these vulnerable communities and strives for the emergence of sustainable production systems that are resilient to climate-related stresses. I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the FSO’s mission.”
Fellows like Dr. Jacinthe will learn first-hand about the formation and implementation of federal policy while the US government benefits from the input of highly qualified scientists and engineers.
“AAAS Policy Fellows have demonstrated excellence in science policymaking over the past half-century – defining what it means to be a scientist and engineer in policymaking,” said Rashada Alexander, Ph.D., STPF director and alumna -scholarship holder. “In our 50thth In our year of partnership with the US government and many respected scientific societies and supporters, we are excited to launch the latest class and track their important contributions to politics, science and society.”
The STPF program supports evidence-based policy making by harnessing the knowledge and analytical thinking of scientific and engineering professionals, and trains leaders for a strong US science and technology company. Fellows represent a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages.
“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Jacinthe and his remarkable achievement in being selected as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow,” said John DiTusa, Dean of the IUPUI School of Science. “This is wonderful recognition of the quality of his previous work in the field of soil biogeochemistry as a faculty member in the School of Science. I know that dr. Jacinthe’s important work with the FSO on the impact of climate change on soil biochemistry and food production will lead to crucial scientific contributions to global policy development and inform future research.”
The Class of 2022-23 Scholarships is sponsored by AAAS, the Moore Foundation and partner societies. Of the 300 fellows selected, 31 will serve in Congress, one in the Federal Judicial Center, and 268 on the executive branch of 19 federal agencies or departments.
Many remain in politics after scholarship and work at the federal, state, regional, or international level, while others pursue careers in academia, industry, or the nonprofit sector.
Established in 1973, the STPF program will be its 50th to do with public policy in 2023.
Visit www.aaas.org/stpf to learn more about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships.
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