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Dr. Yiliang Zhu earns Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

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Fulbright Scholar Yiliang Zhu, PhD, is the recipient of a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship for 2013-2014. The award is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation is hosting Dr. Zhu for the duration of his fellowship. During his one-year placement, he will focus on the science and policy of climate change, indoor environment, and human health, among other issues of interest to his sabbatical.

“For the past 41 years, the AAAS sponsored fellowship served as an important venue to channel scientists and engineers to the US legislative, executive, and judicial branches to promote science-informed public policies,” Zhu said. “Fellows bring their science and engineering expertise to the federal governments, learn how to translate and communicate science to policy makers and all stakeholders, and also engage first-hand in injecting science into policies.”

The award is highly competitive and emphasizes the fellows’ professional development.

“I encourage my colleagues to explore other sponsored fellowships in advance of the November 1 deadline for the 2014-15 award cycle.” Interested parties may contact him at zhu.yiliang@epa.gov or (202) 343-9885 to discuss this professional endeavor.

In 2012, Dr. Zhu earned a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. He conducted an impact evaluation on the new Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme, a universal health insurance program launched in 2003 for rural residents.  The Scheme focused on health outcomes and a public health service provision.

Dr. Yiliang Zhu teaches biostatistics in the USF College of Public Health. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is his academic home and where he directs the doctorate in biostatistics program and Summer Institute in Biostatistics for undergraduates. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the college launched an online master of public health degree in epidemiology.