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University of Miami Alumna Recognized as ‘Champion of Change’ by White House

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University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science alumna Dr. Jennifer Jurado has been recognized as a "Champion of Change" by the Obama administration. 

MIAMI- April 29, 2013 -- University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science alumna Dr. Jennifer Jurado has been recognized as a "Champion of Change" by the Obama administration.  Jurado, who is the director of the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division in Broward County, was one of 12 people nationwide nominated for this honor.  She was recognized by the White House as a 'Climate Resilience Leader' for her efforts to build climate resilience through regional and local planning. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from UM in 2003, as well as her undergraduate degree in Marine Science in 1997.

Jurado began doing research with Professor Gary Hitchcock while an undergraduate, and went on to complete her Ph.D. on Harmful Algal Blooms in his laboratory. "Jennifer has made a tremendous impact in a fairly short amount of time and is very deserving of this honor. She has applied her knowledge of marine science to forming policy decisions on future sea level rise in South Florida," said Hitchcock.  

Playing a key role in the adoption of a four-county South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and the formulation of a Regional Climate Action Plan, Jurado has helped to launch a multi-county initiative to address sea level rise and other regional consequences of climate change. 

According to UM Professor John Van Leer, "She has done an amazing job working with the four South Florida county governments to gain unanimous approval for the climate compact and has been key to inserting language in several bills in Tallahassee that make climate change funding possible across our region.  Jennifer has also played a key role in framing the action plan that resulted from the compact."

In 2012, Jurado was recognized by the Florida Engineering Society - Broward County Chapter for Outstanding Service to the Profession.  She is a member of the Broward Water Resources Task Force Technical Team and American Water Resources Association, and past board member with the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit
www.rsmas.miami.edu.

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