Knauss Fellows From S.C. Schools Selected
Two South Carolina graduate students were selected as Knauss fellows in the 2013 class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow-ship. Nominated by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, the students were among 49 selected from a nationwide pool of more than 100 candidates.
During her Knauss fellow year, Leah Fisher, who completed an M.S. in marine science at the College of Charleston, serves as a coastal policy analyst in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service (NOAA/NOS) Planning, Policy, and Analysis Division. She will provide assistance to a NOAA-wide Arctic Task Force, among other duties.
“I’m excited to bring my scientific background to Washington and see how the knowledge obtained through research can actually inform policy decisions,” Fisher says.
Elizabeth Fly, who completed a Ph.D. in biological sciences, serves as a climate and marine eco-systems policy fellow within the NOAA Climate Program Office. She will help coordinate and produce material to support the National Climate Assessment, which is a high-impact, interagency activity of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
“This is such a critical time to relate scientific findings to policymakers and the general public in an effective, user-friendly manner,” Fly says. “The Knauss fellowship has given me the opportunity to be deeply involved in this effort. Following this fellowship, I hope to continue in helping make science more accessible to non-scientists for policymaking that can balance a variety of parties’ interests.”
To further the education of tomorrow’s leaders, the National Sea Grant Office sponsors the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, bringing a select group of graduate students to the nation’s capital, where they work in the federal government’s legislative and executive branches.
The students learn about federal policy regarding marine and Great Lakes natural resources and lend their scientific expertise to federal agencies and congressional staff offices.
Each of the nation’s 33 Sea Grant programs can nominate up to six students to the Knauss fellows program annually. Selections are then made competitively from among those nominations.