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UW-Madison Student Wins Knauss Fellowship

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UW-Madison Student Wins Knauss Fellowship 

MADISON, Wis. (12/22/98) - A University of Wisconsin Sea Grant-sponsored
student is among 30 nationwide to be awarded a Dean John A. Knauss
Marine Policy Fellowship for 1999.  

Jeffrey J. Ripp of Sun Prairie, Wis., competed against a pool of
55 applicants nationwide sponsored by Sea Grant programs at universities
throughout the United States, according to UW Sea Grant Institute
Education Coordinator Mary Lou Reeb. 
Ripp, a 1998 M.S. graduate of the UW-Madison Water Resources
Management Program, will intern in Washington, D.C., for the Committee
on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.  During the year-long
fellowship, Ripp will conduct background research on marine policy,
including coastal and fisheries issues, and the reauthorization of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

"I'm looking forward to learning how the federal government
works," Ripp said.  "From our vantage point here in Wisconsin, it can
seem like a big black box.  I think I'll learn what inside-the-beltway
thinking is all about."  

Ripp once planned to become a research chemist.  However, after
completing his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of
Wisconsin, he took a position at the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources where he was exposed to public policy issues of water
resources.  The political world fascinated him as much as the natural
one, and Ripp began to think more about working in the halls of
government than in a research laboratory.  After his fellowship, Ripp
intends to pursue a career in water resources management and believes
his chemistry background will serve him well.

"I believe it's important to have the scientific expertise to
make sound decisions on resources policy," Ripp said. 
Sea Grant's Knauss Fellowship program matches highly qualified graduate
students with hosts in the legislative or executive branches of the
federal government, or in associations and institutions located in the
Washington, D.C., area that deal with marine or Great Lakes policy
issues.  The program was established in 1979 to "provide a unique
educational experience for students interested in coastal, marine, and
Great Lakes resources and the national policy decision affecting those
resources," Reeb said.  Ripp is the eleventh Wisconsin student to
receive a Knauss Fellowship over the last 19 years.

Two of the other winners will spend their fellowship year working on
issues pertaining to the Great Lakes region. Jennifer Merrill, a Ph.D.
candidate in marine and estuarine environmental science at the
University of Maryland, will work in the office of Senator Carl Levin
(D-MI) for the Great Lakes Task Force of the Northeast-Midwest
Institute, a research and policy center in Washington, D.C.  Ed Buckner,
completing his Ph.D. in natural resources policy at Purdue University,
will work in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) for the institute's
Upper Mississippi River Task Force.

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Created in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 29 university-based
programs of research, outreach, and education dedicated to the
protection and sustainable use of the United States' coastal, ocean, and
Great Lakes resources.  The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership
of participating coastal states, private industry, and the National Sea
Grant College Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce.


John R. Karl
Science Writer
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Phone (608) 263-8621
Fax (608) 263-2063