Alyse Huffman is at work in the office of the U.S. House of Representatives Commit­tee on Science, Space, and Technology as the 2019 ANS Glenn T. Seaborg Congressio­nal Fellow. ANS News checked in with Huffman in late February, during her seventh week on the job.
Alyse Scurlock was engaged to be married when she was named Con­gressional Fellow in June 2018 (ANS News, July/August 2018, p. 4). A short time after her December 22 wedding to fellow ANS member and Duke Energy engineer Nathan Huff­man, she relocated to the Washington, D.C., area to begin her fellowship.
Huffman’s first weeks as a con­gressional fellow were spent meeting people and getting oriented. Then she was obliged to move once again, this time because she and her colleagues, who work on what is now the majority side of the House Science Committee, relocated to a larger office space. The move was instigated by the shift in majority control of the House following the November 2018 midterm election.
“We have a lot more work than when we were in the minority,” Huff­man said. “I was assigned primary and secondary issue areas, and in addition to nuclear energy within the Depart­ment of Energy, I also am working on fuel cell technology, the energy-water nexus, fusion science, hydrokinetic marine power, biological and environ­mental research, geothermal energy, and the list goes on.”
Huffman meets with industry, na­tional laboratory, and nongovernmen­tal organization stakeholders within those issue areas, and she spends a lot of time preparing for hearings. In early March she led a hearing of the Energy Subcommittee on the energy-water nexus, which is also the subject of a bill—H.R. 34, the Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2019—introduced by committee chair Eddie Bernice Johnson and ranking member Frank Lucas on January 3.
“Essentially, this issue boils down to the relationship between

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