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 (http://fellowships.aaas.org/).
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 (http://cfpub.epa.gov/gcrp/).