August 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Smith College senior from Henderson says she feels "overwhelmed" and "grateful" over being named as a Rhodes Scholar on Sunday.
Clarke Knight, a 2010 graduate of Green Valley High School in Henderson, says she wants to deal with climate change as a scientist after attending Oxford University beginning next October.
The 21-year-old chemistry major says she would like to see "evidence-based" policy on climate change and the United States take the lead on addressing the issue.
She says climate change science needs a "translator" and she wants to be "a bridge between the two cultures of science and policy making."
Knight praised her mentors at Smith College and Green Valley High, saying they helped her become a Rhodes Scholar. She also hailed her parents, both of whom have PhDs.
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