Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows Named at Colorado State University

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The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University has announced the selection of 20 early career academics — Ph.D. candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows — to be 2013-14 Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows. The SoGES Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows program cultivates future innovators and thought leaders capable of effectively communicating not only with peers but also with the public.

“We’re excited that the new Fellows represent seven of the eight colleges at CSU,” said Diana Wall, director of SoGES. “The Fellows’ disciplines range from ecology to political science, geosciences, economics, education, bioagricultural sciences, atmospheric sciences and biology. As always, competition for the Fellowships was stiff.”

The public is invited to meet the new Fellows on Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room during a lecture presented by Liz Neeley of Seattle. Neeley, the Assistant Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS, a science-based communications firm, will be speaking on, “Finding Your Voice: What Scientists Need to Know About Science Communication, and the Risks and Rewards of Speaking Up.”

Neeley also will facilitate the Fellows’ Science Communication Workshop, May 14-15. Journalists participating in the Fellows’ workshop include: Christopher Joyce, correspondent at National Public Radio; Hilary Rosner, freelance journalist; Katherine Gammon, freelance science writer; and Mark Fischetti, editor at Scientific American.

Communications skills training

SoGES recognizes that CSU’s academic researchers are a primary informational resource for the complex decisions that will determine our environmental future. Early career academics often overlook communications skills as they build their professional careers. The SoGES Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows have access to state-of-the-art environmental communications skills training giving them an edge for the future.

The SoGES Leadership Fellows will receive individualized media training and work to enhance writing and leadership skills. They also work on strategies for engaging with business, nonprofits, academia, government and media, as well as techniques for collaborating and transdisciplinary synthesis.

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The 2013-14 Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows are:

Jillian M. Lang, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Jan Leach, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Chubashini Suntharalingam, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Gregory Graff, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Matthew Igel, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Susan van den Heever, Department of Atmospheric Science
Shunsuke Nakao, Postdoctoral Fellow with advisor Sonia Kreidenweis, Department of Atmospheric Science

Suzan Hassan AlDoubi, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Sharon Anderson, School of Education

Timothy J. Assal, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Jason Sibold, Department of Anthropology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Tessa Conroy, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Stephan Weiler, Department of Economics
Jonathan Fisk, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Charles Davis, Department of Political Science
Liesel Hans, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Robert Kling, Department of Economics
Matthew W. Luizza, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Paul Brewer, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Joe Von Fisher, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
David Hoover, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Alan Knapp, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Clinton Leach, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Colleen Webb, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Ryan McShane, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor LeRoy Poff, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Mónica Páez, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Chris Funk, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Stephanie Lynn Moon, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Jeffrey Wilusz, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Natalie Kramer Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Ellen Wohl, Department of Geosciences
Tabitha A. Graves, Postdoctoral Fellow with advisor Mevin Hooten, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Heidi Huber-Stearns, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Tony Cheng, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Katie Renwick, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Monique Rocca, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology