Health Sciences Doctoral Student Named 2018 COMPASS Scientist Sentinel
Michelle Del Rio, a member of the 2017 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program cohort, has been named one of 15 Scientist Sentinels for COMPASS, a nonprofit organization that assists environmental scientists effectively share their knowledge in public discourse and decision-making. The selected participants come from a wide variety of institutions, backgrounds, and expertise, and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments both in science and in public engagement.
The Scientist Sentinels program, which includes a three-day in-person science communication, policy engagement, and leadership retreat, as well as peer and individual coaching and webinars over the six months following, is designed to provide participants with the skills, tools, and knowledge that they need to reach their communication and civic engagement goals. The retreat will be led by Dr. Karen McLeod, COMPASS Deputy Director, Pamela Chiang of Chiange, Inc., and Joanna Nadeau of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The goal of the program is to build a network of empowered, mutually supportive leaders who are working to advance the role of science in society, inspire their peers, and support evidence-based decision making at the local level and beyond.