By Aaron R. Conklin
Kristina Surfus is drawn to water.
It’s something she’s always known about herself, but it was recently driven home again as she searched for photographs of herself in response to a writer’s request. Everything she could find included or was related to water: A picture of her kayaking on the tranquil Milwaukee River. A picture of her struggling through falling water in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Even a professional photo of her taken in Milwaukee backdrops her against a window showing rain falling on the streets of the city, a subtle echo of her interests in sustainable urbanism and water management.
That love of water continues to drive her life, and it’ll soon sweep her toward Washington, DC, as one of three UW Sea Grant 2015 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. Surfus already has some Beltway experience under her belt—while she was an undergrad at Boston University, she served as an intern in the office of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, where she got some first-hand experience with policymaking.
“I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned in a legislative setting,” she said of her return to the nation’s capital, set to begin next February. ”I’m looking forward to getting more working experience in coastal resource management, and a stronger sense of how it all comes together in the policymaking world.”Read More...
Conducting archaeological investigations of the stone quarries and piers on Hermit, Basswood, and Stockton Islands. Sept. 4, 2014. Photos by John Karl.
By Aaron R. Conklin
Catherine Simons operates her life by a fairly simple and determined principle: If something looks like it’s never going to work, make a way.
It’s what she’s used to navigate her winding and far-flung educational career, a road that’s taken her from rural Boscobel, Wisconsin to Minnesota and Tanzania, Africa. A road that’s led to Simons being selected as one of three University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellows for 2015.
Immersing herself in the intricacies of the federal government’s policy wing is something Simons has had her eye on for some time. She just knew she had to bolster a social-science background with some hard science to reach her professional goals.
“It was an intentional leap to get my hands dirty with the science,” she said. “I wanted to pursue something scientifically rigorous but had policy implications.”Read More...