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Smithsonian Global Health Veterinarian Is Runner Up for 2021 Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact

  • A young man in a hat and plaid shirt examines a large white skull of an elephant

Out of more than 350 entries from 62 countries, Dr. James Hassell, wildlife veterinarian, epidemiologist and Keller Family Skorton Scholar for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program was selected as one of eight finalists and announced as the runner up on Nov. 30 for the 2021 Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact.

Hassell was selected for his work in Kenya to improve the health of co-existing wildlife populations, human communities and their livestock, with a particular focus on urbanization as a driver of emerging pathogens. This year’s Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact, part of the academic publisher Springer Nature, put a spotlight on those early career researchers whose critical work in climate, cities, environment, healthcare and food security could provide insight into future solutions.