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UGA student receives public policy internship from American Society of Mammalogists

Athens, Ga. – A University of Georgia student from Albany has received an internship from the American Society of Mammalogists.

James O. Moree, a graduate student in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, is the recipient of the 2011 ASM-AIBS Public Policy Internship. He is pursuing a master’s degree in ecology under the mentorship of Gary W. Barrett, Eugene P. Odum Chair in Ecology.

Moree will intern during fall semester with the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Each year the AMS provides funding for a graduate internship within the Public Policy Office of AIBS. At the ASM annual meeting in June in Portland, Ore., the board of directors approved Moree as the recipient of the internship.

According to ASM officials, the 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.”

During his internship, Moree will attend science coalition meetings, congressional and agency briefings, hearings and press briefings; assist with the tracking and analysis of relevant issues; assist with Capitol Hill briefings and press events; prepare a written report on his internship experience; and serve as the ASM representative to the AIBS Council.

Moree will make a presentation during the ASM annual meeting, June 22-26, 2012, in Reno, Nev.