2008 Scholar

Debra M. Hausladen
Wellesley College

Debra M. Hausladen
Debra Hausladen, a geochemistry major at Wellesley College, has focused her last three years on bridging the gap between science and policy. In Boston, her research on the remediation of urban, heavy metal contamination confines her to the lab most nights, but she has temporarily traded dirt for algae and is researching the bioindication of environmental contamination at the Berlin Botanical Gardens. In Germany, she has continued to integrate science with policy through her work for COP9 of the Convention on Biodiversity. When she is not packing her suitcases every 3 months, Debra loves her violin, white-water kayaking, and salsa dancing.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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