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March 16, 2004

Smith College's Science Center Director Honored with Prestigious Environmental Science Fellowship

Editor's note: For a complete list of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows of 2004, visit or call Cynthia Barakatt at (617) 226-2189 or Cynthia Robinson at (617) 720-5100

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Thomas S. Litwin, director of the Clark Science Center at Smith College, is one of 20 outstanding academic environmental scientists from throughout the U.S. and Guam awarded an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2004.

Litwin is a member of Smith's Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Science & Policy Program as well as a graduate faculty member in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to coming to Smith in 1989, he served as a senior research associate in Cornell University's Division of Biological Sciences and program director at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, where he also received his Ph.D. At Smith, Litwin served as founding director of the Environmental Science & Policy Program. His research interests include landscape ecology, conservation biology and environmental policy. In 2001, Litwin served as expedition leader for the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced, which was made into a documentary film by Larry Hott and Diane Garey of Florentine Films and broadcast nationally on PBS.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowships provide scientists with intensive communications and leadership training to help them communicate scientific information effectively to non-scientific audiences, especially policymakers, the media, business leaders and the public. Twenty Fellows are selected annually through a competitive application process.

The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program was launched in 1998 with the goal of improving the flow of accurate, clear scientific information to policy makers, the media and the public by training outstanding academic environmental scientists to be better communicators of complex scientific information.

The program is named for Aldo Leopold, a renowned environmental scientist who communicated his scientific knowledge simply and eloquently. His writings, including his 1949 book, "A Sand County Almanac," are credited with infusing the emerging conservation movement with good science and a stewardship ethic.

For more information about the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and the new Fellows, visit


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