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For Immediate Release: January 5, 2011
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Science Journalists Invited to Apply for Hands-On Science Fellowships

Environmental Course

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for scientific research and education, is offering fellowships for health, science, and environmental journalists to participate in its prestigious Logan Science Journalism Program to be held May 18 - 27, 2011 in the beautiful seaside village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, one of the world’s most coveted scientific settings.

Hands-on biomedical and environmental courses are available. In the biomedical course, journalists will clone DNA; watch living cells divide; use high-powered microscopes to see what scientists see; and learn how marine and other organisms offer important insights into crucial biomedical processes.

The environmental course is designed to immerse journalists in the science of global change in some of earth's most beautiful and important ecosystems. Fellows will work with leading global change scientists at the MBL and at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research station north of Boston to make collections of soil, water, and plants in leading-edge global change experiments and learn the science behind urgent environmental questions.

Limited two-week fellowships are also available to travel to the Toolik Field Station in the Alaskan Arctic to work with polar scientists in the field and the laboratory. Completion of the Environmental Hands-On course is required.

To apply for either fellowship, visit www.mbl.edu/sjp and submit an application by March 1, 2011. Domestic travel, room and board, and laboratory fees are underwritten by the fellowship.

Course alumni include journalists from well-known US and international media outlets including NPR, NOVA, LA Times, Washington Post, and the BBC, as well journalists from international news outlets.

The 2011 MBL Science Journalism Program is supported in part by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Logan Science Journalism Program Endowment.

For more information, visit www.mbl.edu/sjp or contact Andrea Early, aearly@mbl.edu, 508-289-7652.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu.