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Anthropology Researcher named a 2009-2010 Science & Technology Policy Fellow

A University professor has received an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship and will be working at the National Institute of Health’s Office of Biotechnology Activities.

Symma Finn, a research associate in the Department of Anthropology, is among 190 doctoral-level scientists and master- and doctoral-level engineers who will spend a year working in federal agencies or congressional offices. The Fellows learn about science policy while providing valuable science and technology expertise to the government.

“With the new presidential administration emphasizing evidence-based policymaking and a call to service, we received a record number of applications for the 2009-2010 fellowship year,” explained Cynthia Robinson, director of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. “This class of nearly 200 Fellows, a jump of almost 20 percent, is the largest cohort in the program’s 36-year history,” Robinson said.

Finn’s policy interests involve health literacy and the social impacts and bioethics of genetic screening and research.

Since the program began in 1973, nearly 2,200 Fellows have worked in Congress and executive branch agencies and departments, seeding virtually every corner of Capitol Hill and beyond with a high caliber of scientific know-how. After the fellowship, some Fellows return to academia. Others stay in policy and go to work at government agencies or enter careers in non-profit and private sectors.

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Jeff Stevens, CLAS COmmunications and Outreach, 846-2032, jstevens@ufl.edu

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