COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 21, 2011 — Andrew Dessler, atmospheric scientist in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, has been named one of 21 Google Science Communication Fellows.
Selected from a pool of early- to mid-career scientists nominated by leading researchers in climate change, the fellows are considered to be those who have the strongest potential to become excellent communicators.
The group’s first task will focus on communicating the science of climate change.
Dessler’s research investigates water vapor and ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere, analyzes cloud properties and examines three-dimensional models of the atmosphere. He served as science policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which led to a book, The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate, demonstrating how science is used and misused in the policy arena.
His most recent article on cloud feedback over the past decade was published in the December 2010 issue of Science and is already a highly cited and discussed authoritative resource on the role of cloud cover in climate change.
The Google fellows will meet in Mountain View, Calif., in June where they will participate in hands-on training and brainstorming about communicating science and technology. Fellows will be given the opportunity to apply for grants to put their ideas into practice. More information about the program can be found on the Google blog.
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