Update from AMS's Congressional Science Fellow Editor's note: The following first-person narrative comes from this year's AMS Congressional Science Fellow, Tim Benner. Tim is sharing his experiences on Capitol Hill with BAMS readers as he delves deeper into his work as a legislative assistant to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Through the AAAS Congressional Fellowship program, AMS, with support from the University Corpora- tion for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), hopes to make a contribution to nurturing the next generation of policy makers who will enhance the vitality of atmospheric sciences and services, the meteorological profession, and indeed, science as a whole, on a continuing basis. I have now finished half of my Congressional Sci- cury. Some of this mercury cycles globally, and some ence Fellowship, working on energy and environmen- is deposited locally or regionally. People are exposed tal issues in the office of Senator Leahy. It has been a to mercury primarily by eating fish fro m contaminated richly rewarding experience so far, and I have certainly waterways, where bacteria have converted the mercury learned a great deal about the policy process. I have to its organic form, methylmercury. Methylmercury been able to work on a number of interesting and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2001
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