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Kat Anderson
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2011 Metcalf Fellowship Application Deadlines are Approaching

NARRAGANSETT, RI - January 5, 2011 -- The University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is accepting fellowship applications for two important science-training opportunities for journalists and informal science educators. The January application deadlines for both fellowships are fast approaching.

In response to the need for clear, accurate and sustained coverage of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Metcalf Institute is offering two programs in 2011 on the emerging science of the spill. Applications for both programs may be downloaded at www.metcalfinstitute.org.

These fellowships are made possible by a Rapid Response grant through the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program.

"Science Seminar: Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster"
April 6-8, 2011 in Cocodrie, LA
Application postmark deadline: January 31, 2011

Metcalf Institute, Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium will offer a 2.5-day seminar for journalists and informal science educators from the Gulf of Mexico region. The science seminar, "Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster," will be held in Cocodrie, Louisiana, April 6-8, 2011. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of oceanographic techniques in labs and on board the R/V Acadiana and discuss the latest research on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster with leading experts.

Professional journalists and informal science educators who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting and communication and gain an understanding of research on the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are invited to apply for the Metcalf science seminar. The seminar supports journalists and informal science educators with a minimum of two years professional experience and a demonstrated interest in environmental communication or reporting.

The Metcalf science seminar includes room and board and potential travel support. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2011. For additional science seminar program information, call 401-874-6211 or e-mail fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org.

13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists:
Coastal Impacts: One Year of Research on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"

June 12 17, 2011 in Narragansett, RI
Application postmark deadline: January 21, 2011

Metcalf Institute's 13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is a hands-on introduction to research methods, data analysis, translation of scientific research, and integration of science and policy. The 2011 workshop, "Coastal Impacts: One Year of Research on he Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill," will be held in Narragansett, RI at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, June 12-17, and will explore the state of the science and methods used to assess the impacts of a major deep water oil spill. Fellows will gain a better understanding of environmental science research methods, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs.

Professional journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting and gain a thorough understanding of how scientific research is conducted are invited to apply for the Metcalf Annual Workshop fellowships. The Annual Workshop fellowships support early-to-mid career journalists who wish to gain field and lab experience in environmental science. Informal science educators are not eligible for this fellowship.

The Annual Science Workshop Fellowship includes room, board, tuition and some travel support. Applications must be postmarked by January 21, 2011. For additional Annual Science Workshop information, call 401-874-6211 or email fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org.

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The mission of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for beginning journalists to learn, on both a formal and an informal level, how to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to providing science training for reporters and editors, Metcalf Institute administers The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. For more information, contact Metcalf Institute at 401-874-6211 or visit us online at www.metcalfinstitute.org.


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January 5, 2011