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SFS assistant professor of science, technology and international affairs (STIA) Joanna Lewis is in the spotlight. Each year, the Washingtonian produces a list of the 100 most powerful women in Washington. This year, Professor Lewis made the list of "Women to Watch" -- "These ladies may not have made the list of 100 most powerful women in Washington this year, but at the rate they’re going, they’ll land there soon enough!"

Joanna Lewis, 36, is an expert on energy and climate change. Her research has focused primarily on China—its wind-power industry development, the impact of climate change on Chinese security, and China’s relationship with the United States.

Lewis serves as an international advisor to the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing and on the advisory board of the American Council on Renewable Energy’s US-China program. She has also consulted both nationally and internationally for organizations such as UNIDO and USAID.

See the full list of Women to Watch online or on newsstands in the October 2011 issue of the Washingtonian.

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The Hindu American Foundation sponsored an essay contest, which prompted participants to answer: "Every day, my Hindu-ness makes me a better American because... " Sohini Sircar graduated from the STIA program this May with a concentration in Biotechnology and Global Health and a certificate in International Development. She is currently working at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. Most recently, she attended and helped organize a conference hosted by Hindu American Seva Charities at the White House and at Georgetown University and hopes to continue with her work with these and other Hindu organizations. Read an excerpt from her essay here:

Essence By Sohini Sircar Many American Hindus view their lives as having two poles. They display their Hindu side at home or at the temple amongst family and their American side at school or work. This dual life–almost like split personality–can be confusing when the two areas converge. But this is not the only way to live as an American Hindu. In fact, I strongly believe that these two identities are inextricably linked in my existence as a Hindu in the United States.

Read the full essay at the Huffington Post.

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Our friends at the College of William & Mary have passed along the terrific news that recent BSFS recipient (as a STIA major) Elisabeth Ferland is a winner of the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship.

During her undergraduate study, Elisabeth was accepted into SFS' especially selective five-year joint degree program combining the BSFS with the M.A. in Security Studies (SSP), a degree she is on track to earn in 2012.

Read more below.  Congratulations, Elisabeth!

Georgetown University Graduate Elisabeth Ferland Chosen as a 2011 Harriman Fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 28, the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Board announced this year’s recipients of the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships: Noura Elfarra of Stanford University, Elisabeth Ferland of Georgetown University, and Lucia Tapia of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Elisabeth Ferland will serve her fellowship at the U.S. Embassy in London. Originally from Leesburg, Virginia, Ferland is a recent graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, earning the BSFS degree with a major in Science, Technology and International Affairs.

She has previously interned at the U.S. Senate, International Trade Commission, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Next year she will complete an accelerated master’s degree in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and intends to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer.

When asked about receiving the Fellowship, Ferland said, “Receiving the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship is an incredible honor that comes with the expectation of great achievement -- one I hope to live up to. This fellowship has reinforced my desire to work in the Foreign Service. I will always be motivated by the grace and dignity with which Ms. Harriman served her adopted country.”

Harriman Fellowships are nationally competitive and highly selective, providing funding for students participating in summer internships at the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, and the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. College juniors and seniors selected by the U.S. State Department to intern at these locations may apply to receive one of three $5,000 stipends to cover travel and living expenses.

The College of William & Mary established the fellowships in 2000 in conjunction with the U.S. State Department to honor former Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman and inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. An esteemed diplomat and recipient of France’s Legion of Honor medal, Harriman set a standard that the Harriman Fellowships now challenge young Americans to meet. According to Former Ambassador and Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas Foley, "She made a great contribution to public life by her example, energy and devotion, and her belief in the honor of work for one's country."

For more information about the Harriman Fellowships, please visit http://www.wm.edu/sites/harriman/.

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 Alexandra Cousteau – environmentalist, water advocate and Georgetown graduate – has been fascinated with water and oceans for pretty much her entire life.

“Everything I’m doing now started really early,” Cousteau told a packed ICC auditorium on April 5, co-sponsored by SFS’ Science, Technology and International Affairs proram (STIA), the Lecture Fund, the Office of the College Dean and the Center for Environment.

“My parents taught me to swim when I was four months old; I went on my first expedition shortly thereafter to Easter Island,” Cousteau said.

Her fascination is no surprise, given that her grandfather is Jacques Cousteau, legendary filmmaker and explorer.

Cousteau talked about her grandfather fondly, attributing his films to opening up the ocean for people.  She described a period in her childhood when she would spend a lot of time with him, feeding and learning about fish. She realized later that he was teaching her about sustainability and biodiversity and what mankind stands to lose if it does not protect the oceans.

She continued to be fascinated by any body of water, “but as I got older, some of those places that were truly precious to me started to disappear,” Cousteau said, recalling that this began her interest in activism.  After working on water-related projects in South America, she came to Georgetown and eventually decided to study government with a focus on international relations.

She made it clear to the students in attendance that “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up.” She struggled because there was no career in environmentalism. She felt international relations and political science could teach her cause and effect.

She started her non-profit Blue Legacy in 2008 to shape the conversation about the interconnected issues with water. To do this, she chose a web-based approach to reach a broader audience.  “I come from a filmmaking family, but I didn’t want to make films. I wanted to make videos online,” she said.

Cousteau went on a 100-day expedition and filmed web videos so people could see these issues up close.  Although the videos were well received, she realized her videos weren’t affecting people the way she hoped because viewers didn’t see the connection to the United States. So she went on another expedition of North America.

“It was shocking, what we saw,” Cousteau said of the North American expedition. “Even I had really underestimated the extent to which we have really devastated some of our most amazing treasures.”  Cousteau’s team studied the Colorado River and the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill, among other issues.

“What I learned on this last expedition is that we have to shape the conversation we’re having about water. We need to understand that we all live under a larger system,” Cousteau said.

She also had some advice to give the students in attendance.  “The most important thing I would tell you which I’ve learned is that no matter what you do, choose something that makes you feel alive. I’ve met a lot of people doing incredibly important things, out of the box things, innovative things and they all do what they love. They’re excited about it,” she stressed.

“Water is a funny thing in that it’s incredibly local,” Cousteau summed up. She said that the biggest changes she’s seen don’t come from the top, but from communities and people who are dedicated to make changes in the way they live their life.

“Local action is one of our strongest assets and something we should all be a part of,” Cousteau concluded.


-Jen Lennon April 20, 2011

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SFS graduates are high achievers!

Michael Daignault -- an alumnus of the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) major within BSFS -- had his scan was selected as "Ultrasound of the Month" at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Michael is the only medical student to date (he is a fourth-year) to have an ultrasound selected by the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Department.

Michael is pursuing a specialty in Emergency Medicine. He and other fourth-year medical students at the MSIH take their electives at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates such as SLR, through the collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Columbia University Medical Center.

As a former United States Peace Corps volunteer in St. Lucia and as cofounder of DIRECT (Delivering Immediate Relief Education Care and Treatment), Michael made significant contributions to improving access to antiretroviral treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the Eastern Caribbean region. While working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) on its Campaign for Access to Essential Medicine, Michael continued to advocate for access to affordable diagnostics and treatment for MSF patients in resource-limited areas.

Click here to read the press release.

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