OSU student wins fellowship to work in nation's capital


CORVALLIS - Oregon State University graduate student David Lund is getting a first-hand look at national and international environmental policy making as Oregon Sea Grant's 1998 Knauss Fellow.

Lund, who earned his master's degree in oceanography at OSU last year, is spending this year working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Global Programs. The office is charged with leading federal research into climate change and predictability, and is part of a multi-nation effort to understand climate phenomena such as El Nino.

Lund, 27, is a native of White Bear Lake, Minn., and a graduate of Carleton College.

The fellowship program places qualified graduate students in federal legislative or executive-branch offices that deal with marine issues. Assignments begin each year in February. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend for the year.

Lund, whose graduate work focused on paleoclimatology (the history of the earth's climate), said he hoped to learn more about how science and politics combine to shape environmental policy.

Applications are being accepted through April 6 for 1999 Knauss Fellowships.

More information is available from Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, 500 Kerr Admin Building, Corvallis, OR 97331