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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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.