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SBU Grad Student Selected for Competitive Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

A large portion of Irvin's dissertation research took place in the lab (seen in inset). Irvin, an advanced graduate student at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, uses molecular biology to understand the impacts of pollutants on fish health and survival. He is also pictured in SBU’s zebrafish facility. The zebrafish is a model species that can offer clues to the developmental and behavioral effects of sublethal exposure to pharmaceuticals found in wastewater effluent. Credit: Irvin Huang.

Irvin Huang, a PhD candidate in the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, has been chosen as a fellow in the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, which matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, DC area, for a one-year paid fellowship. The program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Irvin Huang performed research in Stony Brook’s zebrafish facility. The zebrafish is a model species that can offer clues to the developmental and behavioral effects of sublethal exposure to pharmaceuticals found in wastewater effluent. (photo by Irvin Huang).
Irvin Huang performed research in Stony Brook’s zebrafish facility. The zebrafish is a model species that can offer clues to the developmental and behavioral effects of sublethal exposure to pharmaceuticals found in wastewater effluent. (photo by Irvin Huang).

Huang is on the executive path and is slated to work in non-legislative offices in Washington, DC, beginning in February 2020. At Stony Brook he works in the Aquatic Toxicology Lab of Professor Anne McElroy, where he uses molecular biology to understand the impacts of pollutants on fish health and survival.

“I’m very excited and honored to have been selected for the Knauss Fellowship,” said Huang. “While I admit that policy was not my original goal when I started graduate school, I’ve since realized the vast potential that public and environmental policy has for creating science for the people. My life goal has always been to use science to help improve society, and I’m confident that I can do that by bringing my scientific training into a policy setting through the Knauss Fellowship. I’m excited to learn how to develop policy that is informed by the most recent research, which will hopefully be broadly applied to help the most people possible.”

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For more details about the program, visit the National Sea Grant College Program’s website at www.seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss.

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