Carolyn Shore said she left the research field after working in Senegal to try to effect wider change through public policy.
“I work for the one microbiologist in Congress,” she said, “which is awesome, since I’m also a microbiologist.”
One of Slaughter’s priorities is the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act — first introduced in 2009 and re-introduced earlier this year — which seeks to remove antibiotics from livestock feed. Antibiotics are used in livestock feed to promote growth, which Slaughter argues leads to the production of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
Although Shore has changed her focus more than once during her career in science, she thinks she’s found a good fit with food issues and plans to continue working in the field after her yearlong Hill fellowship ends.
“I think I’d probably look to work for some other agency or group out there that works on food issues,” she said.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.