CEE Grad Student Selected as a Voice for Science

Aug. 15, 2018 - The American Geophysical Union has selected Samueli School graduate student Kimberly Duong as a member of its inaugural “Voices for Science” program. This new initiative is designed for scientists with strong communications skills and an interest in sharing the value and impact of science with key decision makers, journalists and the public. The AGU selected Duong in recognition of her outstanding work, demonstrated leadership and her potential to positively influence the local community.

A doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, Duong studies how external factors, such as conservation campaigns and rebate programs, influence urban water conservation.  She says she first became interested in science policy as a 2017 fellow in UC Irvine’s yearlong Climate Action Training Program, where she trained in quantitative, communication and professional skills in preparation for a career that addresses climate issues. Then in 2018 she earned the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship, which allowed her to work at the National Academies for 12 weeks in Washington D.C., earlier this year, engaging in science policy at the federal level. 

“The Voices for Science program is a natural fit for me and a great way to continue the activities I would have been doing anyway, but now with an interdisciplinary cohort and more resources,” Duong said.

As part of Voices for Science, Duong will plan or participate in engagement activities each month, such as visiting a local elected official, giving science policy presentations and organizing outreach activities. She currently is working on convening a session titled “Bridging the gaps between science and science policy” for this year’s AGU fall meeting in Washington D.C.

“Kimberly’s enthusiasm for improving her communication and advocacy skills and putting those skills to use as part of the 2018 Voices for Science program is a testament to her dedication to promoting science for the benefit of the community and humanity at large, and AGU would like to commend her,” the organization said in a written statement.

– Lori Brandt