Dukes named an AAAS public engagement fellow

December 16, 2015  

Jeffrey Dukes

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jeffrey Dukes, Purdue University professor of forestry and natural resources and biological sciences, has been selected as a 2016-2017 public engagement fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fellows were chosen for demonstrating leadership and excellence in their research careers and interest in promoting dialogue between science and society.

Dukes, director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center housed in Discovery Park, examines how ecosystems and plant communities interact with changes in the climate and atmosphere. He is also working with fellow researchers and stakeholders to develop the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.

"Perhaps no area of research is in more urgent need of clear and accurate science communication than climate change," said Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park. "Scientists must lead the global conversation on this critical issue, and we are proud that Dr. Dukes has shown an unswerving commitment to effectively communicate his climate work with policymakers and the public. This fellowship is well deserved."

Dukes joins 14 other climate change researchers as the first cohort of the Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. The fellows will receive public engagement and communication training and professional development throughout their fellowship year. 

Writer: Natalie van Hoose, 765-496-2050, nvanhoos@purdue.edu

Sources: Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, 765-496-6625, tddlr@purdue.edu           

Jeffrey Dukes, 765-494-1446, jsdukes@purdue.edu

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Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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