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Kat Anderson, Publicity Coordinator
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Metcalf Institute Extends Deadline for Science Seminar on Toxic Chemicals

NARRAGANSETT, RI - February 17, 2010 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has extended the application deadline to February 24 for the Science Seminar for Journalists.

Metcalf Institute and the Brown University Superfund Research Program will offer a two-day science seminar, March 31 - April 1, 2010, for mid-career journalists, entitled "Waiter There's a Phthalate in My Soup" - Reporting on the Science and Impacts of Toxic Chemicals. The seminar, which will be held at Brown University, is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and will feature top environmental scientists, visits to research labs, and discussions with award-winning journalists on the communication of bisphenol-A and air quality impacts.

Reporting on the environment, public policy, and even business, often requires journalists to explain complex scientific research and its implications. Metcalf Institute programs provide journalists with new sources in science and policy, tools to improve environmental reporting, and the scientific training to better understand timely environmental issues.

The Science Seminar is available to journalists from all media who are interested in learning about science of toxic chemicals and risk assessment, as well as regulation of toxics. Applicants should have a minimum of four years experience as professional journalists and a strong interest in science reporting.

Applications may be downloaded here and must be postmarked by February 24, 2010. The Science Seminar for Journalists is tuition-free and includes lodging, but travel costs are not included and space is limited. For additional program information, call 401-874-6211 or email

The mission of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & 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.

For more information, contact the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at 401-874-6211 or visit us online at

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February 17, 2010