LaGro receives AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

Jim LaGro, currently in his sixth year as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, will soon be on sabbatical leave in Washington, D.C. serving as a 2008-09 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. He has chosen to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) — Global Change Research Program.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsors Science & Technology Policy fellowships in six programmatic areas to provide opportunities for accomplished scientists and engineers to contribute to the federal policymaking process. The AAAS Fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process that includes an interview in Washington, DC, conducted by a selection committee comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology, and policy (

EPA’s Global Change Research Program examines the potential consequences of climate variability and change on human health, ecosystems, and socioeconomic systems in the United States. This entails: (1) improving the scientific basis for evaluating effects of global change in the context of other stressors and human dimensions; (2) conducting assessments of the risks and opportunities presented by global change; and (3) assessing adaptation options to improve society’s ability to effectively respond to the risks and opportunities presented by global change (