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AGI Foundation endows congressional geoscience fellowship honoring William L. Fisher

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Energy, mineral and water resources, the environment, natural hazards. No matter where we live, our lives are affected by how we interact with and respond to these aspects of our world. And at the local, state, and national levels, nearly every issue addressed by our community, corporate, and government leaders either is impacted by or causes changes to these and other natural factors. Professional geoscientists who get involved in the policy-making process are able to provide a scientific perspective to these discussions. To facilitate this practice at the national level, the American Geological Institute Foundation (AGIF), in cooperation with the American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the establishment of the William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship Endowment to enable selected geoscientists to work as congressional staffers.

"The endowment was created to ensure a lasting commitment for the geosciences and is named in honor of Dr. William L. Fisher to commemorate his important geoscience contributions and the key role he has played in development of geo-policy decisions at the national level," said Russell G. Slayback, chairman of the Foundation. Fisher is the Leonidas T. Barrow Chair in the Department of Geosciences and the director of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. For three decades, as director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, Fisher was the state geologist of Texas. At the national level, Fisher served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Energy and Minerals under President Ford. Over several administrations, he has been an advisor to the President and to the Secretaries of Energy and the Interior, and he has chaired numerous National Research Council committees and boards. Fisher continues to be a strong proponent of the congressional fellow program as a means to foster greater involvement by geoscientists in the policy arena. T
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6-Oct-2003


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