Geneva, N.Y.– Elizabeth Newell, professor of biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been awarded a 2002-2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellowship. Her fellowship, which begins in September, will be at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. She will work primarily in the Office of Agriculture and Food Security but also in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. One of her assignments will be to design ways to better bridge the current gap between USAID projects focused on short-term disaster relief and those focused on more long-term sustainable agricultural development. For more than 20 years, the AAAS Diplomacy Fellowship Program has placed individuals with scientific and technical backgrounds in offices of USAID.
The goals of this program are to provide a unique, internationally oriented public policy learning experience; to demonstrate the value of science and technology in addressing important societal and foreign policy concerns; and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the foreign affairs and international development programs of the U.S. government.
Newell works in the fields of plant physiological ecology and tropical ecology. Since coming to the Colleges in 1988 she has completed research projects in Costa Rica and Panama. Closer to home, she and her students have been studying the physiology of plants in Zurich Bog.
Newell has published numerous journal articles in the area of plant physiological ecology and has also authored web-based science education materials. Newell received her B.S. from Bates College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She lives in Oaks Corners.
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