The state elects 4 new scientific envoys

The State Department unveiled its 2024 cohort of science ambassadors who will represent US science interests and advance international partnerships.

Four American scientists; dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Dr. Stephanie Diem, Dr. Sian Proctor, and Dr. Dawn Wright will join the nation's US Science Envoy program. The new cohort brings expertise in data science, nuclear engineering and physics, geosciences and oceanography.

The program was established by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010, and since then has included a total of 30 scientific emissaries.

“Science Envoys help inform the State Department, other US government agencies, and the scientific community about opportunities for scientific and technological collaboration,” the press release said. “The Ministry has selected the 2024 cohort to leverage their expertise in key issues facing the world today: Artificial Intelligence; Fusion energy; Civil use of space; and ocean sustainability.”

The program will also continue the research of three members of the 2023 cohort: Dr. Jessica Gephart of the University of Washington, Dr. Prineha Narang of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Kyle Whyte of the University of Michigan. Topics these researchers will focus on include quantum information science, environmental science and indigenous knowledge, and unregulated fishing.

Technology diplomacy has emerged as a key State Department priority amid the rapid arrival of disruptive technologies such as generative artificial intelligence, with the dual goals of evangelizing common scientific standards and ethics while fostering international cooperation.

AI is a key talking point between government officials and all nations, especially in developing and adopting global standards for the design and implementation of artificial intelligence and fostering international teamwork as China seeks to dominate emerging technological developments.

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