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ISIS's newest area of development in the science studies category is the ISIS Fellows program. An ISIS Fellow is a young scientist doing exceptional work who can benefit from a connection to ISIS both logistically and developmentally--she or he gains full access to our information and infrastructural resources, funding for ISIS-related work, and the credibility of affiliation with ISIS, as well as close involvement with the ISIS mission for reconstructive science and the "thinkers and doers" who are at the forefront of this new direction in science.

Our newest fellow is Dr. Emily Monosson, effective August 15th. She is working part time for the MilWaste Project on

  • scientist networking;
  • our promotion of the ISIS and MilWaste missions and outreach to community-minded scientists through professional societies, esp. this Fall SETAC (Society for Env. Toxicology and Chemistry);
  • community-based learning models with grad students and undergraduates; and
  • community-based research initiatives as a mechanism for fulfilling ISIS's mission.
In addition, Emily presented on chemical mixtures and environmental and human health risks at the last Federal Facilities Cleanup National Workshop sponsored by ISIS.

Dr. Monsson received her Ph.D. in Biochemical Toxicology from Cornell University in 1988 and since then has worked on a variety of environmental contaminants issues from PCBs in fish, antiandrogens in mammals and in fish, and interconnections between human and ecosystem health. Currently she teaches Introduction to Toxicology as a community-based learning course at Mount Holyoke College. Through this course she has developed relationships with communities that are concerned about contaminants and human health issues, and has worked with local Massachusetts and tribal communities. Emily has had extensive teaching experience, has published in numerous scientific journals, and has collaborated with professional societies, scientific institutes, and the EPA on a wide range of toxicological studies.

First fellows. The first two Fellows candidates were Rachel Massey, a science writer for Rachel's Environmental Weekly, and Paul Voss, a Harvard atmospheric physicist-cum-green energy advocate and public artist-activist. See Rachel's article with Jim Oldham on "Plan Colombia" and the threats from aerial herbicide spraying in the December 2001 issue of After the Fact. While working with ISIS Rachel also published Echoes of Vietnam, an article cited by Project Censored as an "under-reported story" of 2003. It is an overview of US policies in Colombia, which they selected out of close to one thousand nominations as the third most important news story that year.

We are working to establish a Fellowship Fund to support the work of these promising new scientists. Beginning with travel awards and conference fees and expanding to stipends and project support, the Fund would make it possible for exceptional Fellows to be part of ISIS's mission, both learning from the ISIS approach and promoting it through their own work and outreach. We have secured a private family foundation grant for $5,000 as seed funding, which must be matched by other contributions. If you would like to learn more or if you are able to help, please contact ISIS.