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The safety of the American egg wasn't something I'd spent much time pondering...

I truly enjoyed my fellowship experience, my stay in Washington, the friendships I formed with the other Fellows, and the chance to make professional contacts. It provided me with a number of experiences to add to my resume, ones that couldn’t have been gotten elsewhere, including the protection of domestic eggs.

A ticket to swanky Washington parties...

I was directly involved in the dialogue between the NSF leadership, the Administration, Congress and the scientific community in the process of setting national priorities for research and education. While I wasn’t making the big decisions, I followed right along with the issues as they developed.

With tongue firmly in cheek...

I was able to bring a number of hard-earned competencies to bear on issues of science and technology policy and management. Moreover, I was surrounded by some of the most enthusiastic professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Now I'll get to see how sausage is made...

The insight I’ve gained into how the legislative process actually works will be valuable to my future career goals. For scientists or engineers who believe that scientific facts are of primary importance in legislation with a technical component, a fellowship on Capitol Hill can be a real eye opener.

When Hurricane Mitch struck Central America...

Suddenly, the tapping of my keyboard was accompanied by stark images of human suffering and natural devastation on the television screen. As the crisis unfolded before me, it fired my urgency to leave the halls of academia and put myself into the active practice of public service.

Diplomatic was never the first word used to describe me...

I started in the midst of a swirling controversy regarding the role of science and technology within the State Department. We new AAAS Fellows found ourselves in the spotlight and uniquely positioned to cooperate with State’s newly-appointed science and technology advisor to strongly advocate in favor of a role for science in diplomacy.

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