Commerce awards 15 fellowships

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The Commerce Department has announced the names of 15 senior federal employees who will take part in a 10-month program to enhance their understanding of the development, application and management of science and technology policy.

Winners of Commerce's Science Technology (ComSci) Fellowships may work in other agencies or on Capitol Hill, or they may remain with their agencies and participate in the program part-time. They are selected on the basis of their qualifications, accomplishments, recommendations and potential for career growth.

The ComSci fellows receive training through weekly seminars featuring speakers from government, academia and the private sector. The program also includes a one-week congressional orientation.

Commerce's undersecretary for technology, Phillip Bond, announced the 15 winners:

NameAgency
James J. Busse and
Frances M. Keel
National Nuclear Security Administration
Susan F. Heller-Zeisler,
Pamela A. Houghtaling,
Carroll Ann Thomas and H. Felix Wu
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Patrick R. Hoar Federal Aviation Administration
Anne P. Hoover U.S. Forest Service
Sheryl H. Kunickis National Resources Conservation Service
James W. O'Clock and
Christopher M. O'Connors
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Paul Anthony Pisano Federal Highway Administration
Thomas A. Tatham National Institutes of Health
Usha Varshney National Science Foundation
David A. Widawsky Environmental Protection Agency

"Science and technology continues to play a critical role in our nation's economy and security," Bond said. "Therefore, it is critical that we have a broad appreciation of [science and technology] across the federal platform so that we can make more informed policy and programmatic decisions. I am confident that when these professionals return to their home agencies, the knowledge and experience they gain will continue to benefit our nation."

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