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December 16, 1996

Library Appoints Two New Division Chiefs

Daniel P. Mulhollan, Director of the Congressinal Research Service (CRS), has appointed two new division chiefs. P. Royal Shipp assumed his position as chief of the Education and Public Welfare (EPW) Division of CRS on November 6. Eric A. Fisher will assume the post of chief of the Science Policy Research (SPR) Division, effective Jan. 6.

Dr. Shipp, who had been acting chief of EPW since 1994, has spent the past 25 years dealing with social policies, programs, and legislation for both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Since joining CRS in 1977 as a senior specialist in social legislation, he has conducted and directed studies on such issues as health insurance, Social Security, private and public pensions, and welfare reform.

In 1984 Dr. Shipp served as executive director of the Congressional Panel on Social Security Organization, which was charged with developing an organizational and management framework for an independent agency for Social Security. The agency was enacted into law in 1994, following the panel's principal recommendations. From September through December 1995, under the auspices of a Fulbright grant, Dr. Shipp lectured on governement reform and organization at universities in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

Dr. Shipp received his bachelor's degree in management from the University of Utah and both his M.B.A. and Ph. D. degrees in business administration rom Indiana University.

The new chief of the Science Policy Research Division, Dr. Fisher, comes to the Library from the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as Director of the Board on Biology and the Institute of Laboratory Animal resources of the National Research Council.

The SPR Division is concerned with biomedical research policy, public and environmental health, civilian and defense advanced technologies, science and technology policy, and international science and technology, as well as other scientific fields. As the new chief, Dr. Fisher's responsibilities will center on analyzing these issues, as well as on the major role of science and technology, in legislation and public policy.

While at the National Academy of Sciences from 1992 to 1996, Dr. Fisher conducted policy studies on the formation of the National Biological Survey and on the sharing of laboratory resources by scientists. He also directed a study recommending policies on the use of DNA evidence in courts. He is currently working on such diverse studies as suitable management of federal and nonfederal forests; ethical, legal, and social issues regarding human genetic research; and other subjects relevent to science policy research.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Fisher was Senior Vice President for Science and Sanctuaries at the National Audubon Society. Previously, he had been deputy director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Dr. Fisher received his bachelor's degree in biology from Yale University and his doctorate in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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PR 96-167
12/16/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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