Buettner Selected for Duke's Summer in Geneva Program

Shelby Buettner at the Great Wall of China
Shelby Buettner at the Great Wall of China

Shelby Buettner, a Ph.D. student in Human Dimensions at SNR, was accepted to the Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance Summer in Geneva. She'll spend several weeks this summer in Switzerland working with either the United Nations or the World Health Organization.

"I'm very interested in natural resource policy and governance models," Buettner said. "I'm excited to work on these issues internationally." She also has an interest in public health policy, particularly the chemicals that are introduced into the environment and food supplies via logistics and transport, pesticides and other means.

When she returns in August, Buettner will also enroll in the University of Nebraska College of Law. She has received a scholarship to study law and plans to complete dual degrees in law and natural resources.

Buettner currently coordinates academic research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, managing projects funded by the Department of Defense and NASA that are developing remote-controlled robots to do battlefield surgery. She has also worked for the NU system as a legislative liaison.

Buettner completed a bachelor's degree in political science in 2007 and a master's in public administration in 2009, both at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Mark Burbach is her advisor at SNR.