June 8, 2018

National Academies Launch “New Voices” Project to Engage Next-Generation Leaders in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

WASHINGTON – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are launching the “New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine” initiative to identify outstanding early-career science, engineering, and medicine (SEM) leaders. They will engage in communicating the evidence base for addressing national and global challenges to provide new perspectives on issues of importance to the community represented by the National Academies. They will also help identify ways to expand the diversity of expertise that is brought to all of the Academies' convening and advisory activities.

With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the group of 18 SEM early-career leaders will gather over a two-year period with a senior advisory committee to discuss key emerging challenges in science, engineering, and medicine, engage nationally with a wider group of young leaders from diverse groups, and attend international events on science policy. Through the initiative, each participant will provide a written personal perspective and evaluation of her/his experience, as well as suggestions for future activities.

The first group of participants are:

Olujimi Ajijola – University of California, Los Angeles

Joel Baumgart – University of Virginia

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe – University of California, Merced

Michelle Birkett – Northwestern University

Orianna Bretschger – Aquacycl, LLC

Frances Colón – Jasperi Consulting

Tyrone Grandison – Data-Driven Institute

Faisal Hossain – University of Washington

Colleen Iversen – Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Yunyao Li – IBM Research

Yan Liu – University of Southern California

Ali Nouri – Federation of American Scientists

Cynthia Reinhart-King – Vanderbilt University

Abhishek Roy – The Dow Chemical Company

Alison Sheets-Singer – Nike, Inc.

Patricia Silveyra – Penn State College of Medicine

Lauren Stewart – Georgia Institute of Technology

Amos Winter – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For more information about “New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine”, visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/newvoices/.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit http://national-academies.org.

Kacey Templin, Media Relations Officer
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