Professor Cioffi-Revilla Named Jefferson Fellow

Posted: June 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Claudio Cioffi-Revilla

The U.S. Department of State (DoS) announced Wednesday that Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, director of Mason’s Center for Social Complexity, is one of six 2006-07 Jefferson Science Fellows who will begin their tenure at DoS in September.

The Jefferson Science Fellows program was established in 2003 to continue elevating the role of science and technology in U.S. foreign policy.

The program brings 5 to 10 tenured professors each year from the American academic community for one-year assignments at DoS, followed by a five-year consultancy after the fellows return to their academic careers.

Cioffi-Revilla joined George Mason in 2002 and established the Center for Social Complexity, a leading research unit for conducting advanced research on computational social science through simulation models and related advanced computational methods. The program offers graduate courses, a specialized certificate and the nation’s first PhD program in the specific area of computational social science.

Cioffi-Revilla was chosen as a Jefferson Fellow through a competition administered by the National Academy of Sciences. The fellows were selected for their scientific achievements, articulation and communication skills, ability to accurately describe scientific topics for nonscientific audiences and interest in science and engineering policy.

The five other fellows named yesterday represent Columbia University; Pennsylvania State University; Ohio State University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Through their participation in policy discussions, the fellows help increase understanding among policy officials of scientific and engineering fields and advise policy makers on the wider international implications of important emerging scientific issues. In this capacity, they bring valuable knowledge from their university and professional networks to bear on the work of DoS, and, through DoS, to the wider U.S. government science and technology community.

The program is supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation in addition to financial support from participating American universities.

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