Each year the American Society of Mammalogists provides funding for a graduate internship within the Public Policy Office of the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Washington, DC. At the ASM Annual June Meeting held in Portland, Oregon, the Board of Directors of the ASM approved James O. Moree as the recipient of the 2011 ASM-AIBS Public Policy Internship. Moree is a graduate student within the University of Georgia Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology. He is pursuing a master’s degree in ecology under the mentorship of Gary W. Barrett, Eugene P. Odum Chair in Ecology.
According to the ASM, the ASM-AIBS Public Policy Internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in public policy at the national level and learn how scientific societies, non-governmental organizations, executive branch agencies, and the legislative branch interact to craft science policy.
“I’m really looking forward to learning about all sides of the public policy process, and seeing what kinds of opportunities are available,” Moree said. “The need for clear and defined public policy is more important now than ever. I’m very happy about having the chance to participate.”
The ASM described the intern’s duties as including attending science coalition meetings, congressional and agency briefings, hearings, and press briefings; assisting with tracking and analysis of relevant issues; assisting with Capitol Hill briefings and press events; preparing a written report on internship experience; and serving as the ASM representative to the AIBS Council.
Moree will intern during fall semester 2011 with AIBS. He will make a presentation during the ASM Annual Meeting, 22-26 June 2012, to be held in Reno, Nevada.