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Sarah Noble
Sarah Noble — 19th GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. Sarah worked on the minority staff of the House Science Committee from September 2004 through October 2005.

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Sarah Noble

Sarah Noble was appointed as the GSA-U.S. Geological Survey Congressional Science Fellow for 2004-2005. Noble, who was born and raised in Minnesota, earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1998. As an undergraduate, she became very interested in the relationship between science and policy and so also found time to earn a minor in political science with a focus on environmental policy.

Noble recently received her Ph.D. in geological sciences from Brown University, where she worked as both a teaching and research assistant. She also earned a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship. Active in Brown's student government, Noble served as the graduate representative to the geosciences department faculty for two years and spent three years as the Geology Department Representative to the Graduate Student Council. Her work in the planetary geology group at Brown focused largely on understanding the consequences of "space weathering"-the physical and optical effects of exposure of a planetary surface to the space environment. Not content to focus on just one planet, her dissertation includes chapters on the Moon, Mercury, the Asteroids, and Mars.

Noble's main political interests include NASA missions and funding. "With President Bush's new initiative for space exploration, NASA's future has been a very hot topic of late, and it seems that the decisions that will be made in the coming months are going to be critical for deciding the fate of space exploration for decades," says Noble. "I can't imagine a more exciting time to have an opportunity to become involved in space policy." Other science and policy issues she hopes to become involved with include science funding, global climate change, and science education.

Noble considered it a great honor to be chosen as the GSA-USGS Congressional Fellow and saw it as a rare opportunity to work closely with our government and our country's leaders. She hoped to gain an insider's perspective on the difficulties and challenges faced by our leaders and to find opportunities to take this knowledge back to her fellow scientists, as well as to reach out to students and the general public.