Preston named to 2016–2017 Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement

Dec 17, 2015
Benjamin Preston

The Climate Change Science Institute’s Benjamin Preston has been named a 2016–2017 Public Engagement Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement. As a AAAS Public Engagement Fellow, Preston will receive a week of “intensive” public engagement training and networking in Washington, DC, and a year of support from AAAS staff.

Each year a cohort of 15 Public Engagement Fellows is selected from disciplines at the nexus of science-society issues for training and public-engagement-plan development. The fellows then return to their institutions to develop and implement public engagement activities, train other scientists in their communities, and exercise public engagement leadership.

Recognition for this type of activity is nothing new for Preston, CCSI deputy director and leader of the  Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability Science theme. Earlier this year, Preston was awarded the 2015 American Geophysical Union’s (AGU’s) Charles S. Falkenberg Award for, among other things, “his commitment to communicate climate change science and use that information to improve lives, economic opportunities, and planet stewardship.” In addition, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization recognized him in 2008 as one of the organization’s top 10 spokespersons (out of a staff of ~6,000).

The Leshner “awards” are administered through the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology as part of its program to “strengthen public awareness of the nature of science and the work of scientists, encourage productive dialogue between researchers and nonscientists, and advance the culture of public engagement and communication.”

Preston and the other 2016–2017 inductees were honored at a reception for Public Engagement Fellows held December 16, 2015, during the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

By VJ Ewing.  Posted 17 December, 2015  9:00 a.m.