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Daniel R. Sarewitz
Daniel R. Sarewitz — 4th GSA Congressional Science Fellow. Special legislative assistant, Representative George E. Brown, Jr., of California from September 1989 through August 1990.

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Daniel R. Sarewitz

In this position, Sarewitz advised Congressman Brown on the implications of geology and other science-related legislative matters. He focused on issues of international scientific cooperation, particularly with Third World countries, and on university-level science education policy in the United States. "President Bush has emphasized his commitment to improving, science and math education in America, so this is a propitious time to pursue legislative and budgetary initiations," he said in his application for the fellowship. "It is widely argued that science education in the United States is inadequate. Shortages of well-trained scientists and engineers are predicted for the future, and, of more concern to me, nonscientists (including legislators) are increasingly ill-equipped to evaluate issues that have scientific or quantitative underpinnings."

Sarewitz received his B.S. from Haverford College in 1978, following which he worked as a staff engineer in private industry, studying techniques for coal dust suppression and fire control in mines. Subsequently, he received his M.S. from Oregon State University in 1983, and his Ph.D. in geology in 1986 from Cornell University. From January 1986 until August 1989, he was a research associate for the Department of Geological Sciences at Cornell, where he investigated thrust belt evolution in the central Andes of Argentina, and expanded his Ph.D. research on the tectonic evolution of the northern Philippine archipelago. The latter project included a stint as chief scientist aboard the R/V Moana Wave, where he coordinated a survey of the interior seas of the Philippines. More recently, he was in Soviet Central Asia to study relations there between fault geometries and active seismicity.