LANL scientist chosen for elite fellowship

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By Kelly LeVan

President Bush’s 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows includes David Loaiza, technical staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The president announced the 14 appointments this week, each selected by the president’s Commission on White House Fellowships, to participate in one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowship programs for leadership development and public service.

The group, narrowed down from nearly 3,000 applicants, includes a cross-section of medical, education, business and science technology professionals.

Each passed  a grueling series of more than 10 interviews wherein the candidates were asked a broad range of questions about health care, the economy, immigration and other politically relevant topics as well as literature and history.

“You look at your peers, and everybody ... was just right on top of the issues,” Loaiza said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Some of them prepared for months for the interviews. Some were just so well-rounded.”

Loaiza, a resident of Santa Fe currently working in Washington, D.C.,  serves as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s Office of Dismantlement and Transparency, assisting in the development of U.S. non-proliferation policy at the national and international level.

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