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Kat Anderson, (401) 874-6009

Metcalf Institute Selects Eleven Participants
for Marine Science Seminar for Journalists

Seminar to focus on human interactions with ocean environments

NARRAGANSETT, RI July 6, 2011 Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has announced the names of eleven reporters who will participate in a Metcalf science seminar to be held July 13-15, 2011. The seminar, Coastal Impacts: a Marine Science Seminar for Journalists, will be held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading oceanographic research campus.

The summer 2011 marine science seminar participants are: Anthony Advincula, editor for New America Media, New York, NY; Azadeh Ansari, international desk editor for CNN in Atlanta, GA; Omar Bah, editor, TellGambia Newspaper, Providence RI; Walter Brooks, contributing writer/editor for the Omaha Star Newspaper in Omaha, NE; Ambar Espinoza, a freelance journalist based in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington area; Lynne Friedmann, freelance science writer and editor from Solana Beach, CA; Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, reporter/editor for Polish Daily News in New York, NY; Mwende Hahesy, an on-air relief host and reporter for Central Coast Public Radio KUSP in Santa Cruz, CA; Ngoc Nguyen, environment editor for New America Media, San Francisco, CA; Xiaoqing Rong, a reporter for Sing Tao Daily in New York, NY; and Lisa Song, a reporter for SolveClimate News in Cambridge, MA.

The journalists will participate in a three-day science seminar that will provide an introduction to human impacts on the oceans, including marine pollution caused by plastic debris, water quality, human interactions with marine mammals, and links between oceans and human health. The Metcalf program will feature talks by leading marine scientists, field study in an estuary, and visits to a marine research lab and a large-scale wastewater treatment facility.

Complete bios and program details are available online here.

The Metcalf Institute Marine Science Seminar is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Chicago Tribune Foundation. The mission of Metcalf Institute 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 improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & 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

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Posted: July 6, 2011