Kai S. Anderson — 13th GSA Congressional Science Fellow. Special legislative assistant for Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D–Conn.) from September 1998 through August 1999.
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Anderson was born and raised in rural northeast Oregon. He graduated valedictorian of La Grande High School and was named Oregon Elks Student of the Year in 1989. He then enrolled at Stanford University to pursue his interests in geoscience and public policy. In 1991, he received a Barry M. Goldwater Science and Mathematics Scholarship to pursue undergraduate research concerning siliceous sinter deposits of Yellowstone National Park. He spent a term at Stanford's Washington, D.C., campus, where he researched energy and environmental policy issues while interning at Conservation International. In 1993, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. His Ph.D. research, also at Stanford, focuses on the facies architecture of turbidite systems.
Anderson said that he views the GSA Congressional Science Fellowship as a tremendous honor. He expects that the fellowship will provide an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, integrating science into the public policy-making process. He said that he hopes the fellowship experience will help him become a geoscientist who can help dispel some of the mystery that surrounds the science-policy nexus.
See Anderson's CSF Reports.