Each year since 1977, AGU has selected and funded a Congressional Science Fellow to serve on Capitol Hill as part of the AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship program. The Fellows serve 1 year in the office of a congressman or senator or on one of the committee staffs. The 1982–1983 Fellow is Arthur Weissman, a hydrologist from Johns Hopkins University. The Fellow is selected by the Government and Legislative Affairs Subcommittee. Under the direction of the Public Information Subcommittee, AGU distributes background information releases, based on solicited Eos articles, to both the lay and the scientific press and media. These deal with topics of general interest to the general public, such as earthquakes, water quality, climate, and research in snow and ice.