WHOI Announces 2012 Ocean Science Journalism Fellows
Ten writers and multimedia science journalists from the U.S., Canada, and Poland have been selected to participate in the competitive Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program. The program takes place September 9-14, 2012, in Woods Hole, Mass., on Cape Cod.
This year’s fellows are:
* David Appell, Freelance
* Linda Aylesworth, Global TV News
* David Freeman, The Huffington Post
* Katharine Gammon, Freelance
* Wynne Parry, LiveScience.com
* David Richardson, Freelance
* Lee Roscoe, Freelance
* Peter Andrey Smith, Freelance
* Tomasz Ulanowski, Gazeta Wyborcza
* Linda Zajac, Freelance
The WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program was established in 2000 to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering. Through seminars with top scientists and engineers, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography.
Topics range from harmful algal blooms to deep-sea hydrothermal vents; from seafloor earthquakes to ice-sheet dynamics; from the ocean’s role in climate change to the human impact on fisheries and coastline change; from ocean instruments and observatories to underwater robots.
The program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. Fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, independent, non-profit organization in Falmouth, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment.
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Radio journalist Ed Ronco (seated) tries his hand at controlling the Nereus hybrid remotely operated vehicle's manipulator arm while Andy Bowen (standing, right), director of the National Deep Submergence Facility, looks on. Ronco and a select group of journalist colleagues were at WHOI in September 2011 as part of the Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program. (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Invasive sea squirts establish themselves in tidal areas, crowd out native species in their path, and pose a threat to protected species of eelgrass. WHOI biologist Mary Carman (at right) explains the damage being done in New England coastal waters to a group of science writers during the 2010 Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. The program, introduces science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.(Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography.