Two years ago, I was selected for a prestigious Leshner Fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which helps mid-career professionals develop skills in public engagement. It involves a research project and a project for institutional change. My institutional change project is to work toward incentivizing and rewarding public engagement with science and engineering across my institution. I was subsequently selected for a UA Provost Faculty Leadership Fellowship to implement this project, which was delayed for a year by COVID-19 but is now back on track. I recommend the Leshner Fellowship for any mid-career academics in science or engineering looking to up their outreach game. It is wonderful and a lifelong fellowship with great people and invaluable resources.
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Christopher D. Lynn
I am a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama with expertise in biocultural medical anthropology.