Congressional Science Fellow goes to work for U.S. senator



AGU's 25th Congressional Science Fellow, Karen Wayland, began her Fellowship on Capitol Hill by accepting an offer to spend the year in the office of Senator Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada. In the senator's personal office, Wayland will focus primarily on water and natural resources issues, which may include water supply and wastewater infrastructure legislation and Lake Tahoe watershed management. Despite their specific academic and research backgrounds, Congressional Science Fellows often are tasked with a wide range of legislative issues on Capitol Hill outside their immediate scientific expertise. For example, Wayland might also find herself working on Indian Affairs Committee issues for Senator Reid, or tracking the Fallon, NV cancer cluster investigation.