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FASEB Announces Inaugural Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellows

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
FASEB announced today that it has chosen its inaugural Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellows. Chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, these scientists will expand their impact as science advocates and help drive change in the research community.

It is increasingly important for scientists to engage directly with elected representatives, policymakers, and the broader public. Skills development in this area is rarely included in graduate school curricula and is unlike most scientific communication. FASEB addressed this gap with its recently launched Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellowship.

This fellowship program underscores FASEB’s commitment to advance science policy goals, pursue sustainable funding for scientific research, and support researchers’ training and professional development. 

The inaugural Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellows are
  • Jazmine Benjamin, Graduate Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Kaitlyn Browning, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
  • Joyce Fernandes, Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Madison Flory, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Natalie Gehred, Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Katherine Lehmann, Graduate Student, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland
  • Dianicha Santana Nunez, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • John Redden, Associate Professor-in-Residence, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Haily Traxler, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Upon completion of the 10-month fellowship, the inaugural fellows will have received instruction in advocacy, science policy, science communications, leadership development, and career exploration outside academia.

For more information about the Howard Garrison Advocacy Fellowship and to read interviews with the inaugural fellows, visit