reddyThe Newkirk Center for Science and Society recently named anthropology graduate students Alberto Morales (picture top left) and Elizabeth Reddy (pictured top right) and sociology graduate student Erin M. Evans (picture bottom right) as three of the five recipients of its coveted graduate student fellowship.

The award, which will grant recipients $8,000 each, is funded by a generous gift from Martha and Jim Newkirk and supports students from all disciplines. To be considered for the award, students must submit a project proposal that will either engage the community in scientific research or analyze the production of scientific knowledge.

Morales’ funded work will examine biodiversity in relation to marine bioprospecting—searching for novel compounds and organisms in marine sources—in Panama and Costa Rica.

evansReddy’s research examines how scientists, policy makers, and practitioners use scientific tools to determine how communities can be alerted to imminent threats. Her current project specifically examines Mexico’s Sistema Alerta Sísmica Mexicana, a seismic activity warning system.

Evans’ research project addresses how scientists are influenced to alter their practices based on societal happenings, particularly concerning animal advocacy groups.

The three students will meet with their cohorts, Newkirk Center board members and faculty affiliates to present their progress at a luncheon in spring 2016.

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