Lauren Walker, a doctoral student in environmental toxicology, has been awarded the first Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship by the Teratology Society Council. The fellowship allows Walker to participate in the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, or FASEB, Capitol Hill advocacy day on March 6 and 7.
Each year, FASEB holds a Capitol Hill advocacy day where scientists meet with members of Congress or their aides to discuss the importance of federal funding for biomedical research. Many Teratology Society members have participated in the past.
Walker, who expects to graduate from UCR in spring 2019, plans to advocate for federal science funding.
The fellowship honors Howard Garrison who led the FASEB Office of Public Affairs for more than 30 years.