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May 12, 2003
Fifteen Science Journalists Awarded Fellowships to Study at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA

Woods Hole, MA - Fifteen science reporters, producers, and editors have been awarded Science Journalism Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, this summer. This is the program's eighteenth year.

The MBL’s Science Journalism Program offers print and broadcast journalists and editors an opportunity to "step into the shoes of the people they cover" by awarding them fellowships to study basic biomedical and environmental science at the Woods Hole, MA, laboratory this summer. During their residencies at the MBL, Fellows learn what science is like from the inside out as students and researchers in MBL summer courses and laboratories. Two Fellows also travel with MBL scientists to the North Slope of Alaska's Brooks Range to learn more about environmental research being conducted at the Toolik Lake research site.

All fellows will arrive in early June to participate in one of two hands-on mini laboratory courses—each designed specifically for the non-scientist. One course will explore techniques used in biomedical research—sequencing DNA, cloning, and PCR, for example—and the other will feature research techniques currently in use by ecosystems ecologists both in the field and in the laboratory.

The recipients of MBL Science Journalism Fellowships in biomedical science are:
  • Gino Del Guercio, documentary filmmaker
  • Elizabeth DeVita, freelance writer
  • Andrew Jordan, Producer, Science-Technology, ACF Newsource
  • Sanjay Kumar, freelance foreign correspondent, India
  • Naomi Lubick, freelance
  • Erik Mellgren, Reporter, Ny Teknik, Sweden
  • Jordi Ortega, freelance TV news reporter-producer
  • David Perlman, Science Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

The recipients of MBL Science Journalism Fellowships in environmental science are:
  • Nicola Jones, Reporter, New Scientist Magazine, UK
  • Sharon Levy, freelance science writer
  • Amanda Onion, Science Editor, ABCNEWS.com
  • John Ryan, freelance journalist
  • Ilsa Setziol, Environment Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
  • Natasha Singer, Correspondent, Outside Magazine
  • Wendy Wolfson, freelance writer

MBL summer researcher and Northwestern University Professor Robert D. Goldman, and Knight Science Journalism Program Director and former Science Journalism Fellow, Boyce Rensberger, direct the Science Journalism Program. The Biomedical Hands-On Laboratory course is co-directed Dr. Robert Palazzo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Kerry Bloom, University of North Carolina. The Environment Hands-On Laboratory course is co-directed by Drs. Kenneth Foreman and Christopher Neill, both of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center.

The 2003 MBL Science Journalism Program is supported in part by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, FASEB, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, the National Science Foundation—Office of Polar Programs, NASA, U.S. Geological Survey and The New York Times Company Foundation.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, that undertakes the highest level of creative research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences.