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Women Earn Fellowships in Environmental Policy

Two doctoral students in the Department of Science and Technology Studies — Anna Lamprou and Tahereh Saheb — are among the first recipients of Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) graduate fellowships in environmental policy.

CWWL launched the Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowship Program this summer and assigned nine fellows to environmental agencies in Africa, Europe, and North America. The program is one of three CWWL fellowship programs that give exceptional young women the opportunity to work directly with CWWL members and other women of influence.

Lamprou is in Copenhagen, Denmark, now, completing her fellowship with the European Environment Agency (EEA). Saheb spent the summer in Washington, D.C., for her fellowship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation. Both fellows were nominated by Ned Woodhouse, professor of political science.

“These are promising young scholars, with strong academic and research qualifications,” Woodhouse said. “The fellowship is an excellent opportunity for them to gain practical experience and broaden their perspectives.”

A citizen of Greece, Lamprou has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in chemical education and new educational technologies, both from the University at Athens. Her research focuses on regulatory policy development for toxic chemicals and nanotechnology. At the EEA, Lamprou is reviewing the European Union’s new chemical regulatory framework called REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), focusing on how REACH addresses the need to provide fetuses, children, and pregnant women with special protection from chemical exposure.

Saheb is a citizen of Iran. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in social communication science, both from Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. She also has a master’s in science, technology, and society from Rensselaer. Saheb’s research looks at climate change skepticism and the influence of the Arab petroleum industry on scientific practices in U.S. universities. At the EPA, she shadowed three managers in the Office of Policy Economics and Innovation and developed training materials for environmental scenario planning.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 16, October 22, 2010
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