From left to right: Dr. Melissa Kenney (the University of Maryland and American Association for the Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow) and Andy Fellows (the University of Maryland iSchool, National Center for Smart Growth, and former mayor of College Park, Maryland)
Dr. Melissa Kenney (the University of Maryland and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow) was recently featured in an article on the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology’s web page.
The article titled “Melissa Kenney is Committed to Building Relationships,” highlights Kenney’s public engagement efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Kenney “emphasizes that communities need scientists who are available to answer questions related to science-based problems and solutions, including potential climate impacts.”
As an example of how UMD can become more engaged with communities, the article discusses Kenney’s collaboration with Andy Fellows (the UMD iSchool, National Center for Smart Growth, and former mayor of College Park, Maryland). Kenney and Fellows mentored undergraduate students at UMD as they produced scientific syntheses and researched solutions regarding urban stormwater management for communities in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The article also discusses some of Kenney’s other public engagement activities including a “learning tour” (funded by Maryland Sea Grant) that Kenney is conducting in the Chesapeake a Bay region, the editorial she co-authored titled “Engagement 2.0: increasing our collective impact,” and her participation in the AAAS Live Chat on Science Communication.