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Kat Anderson, (401) 874-6009

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
Announces 2011 Fellowships for Journalists

Two Unique Opportunities for Journalists and Informal Science Educators

NARRAGANSETT, RI - November 16, 2010 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental reporting is offering fellowships for two science training opportunities: a Science Seminar on oil spill impacts, April 6-8, 2011; and the 13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 12-17, 2011. These fellowships are made possible by a Rapid Response grant through the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program.

In response to the need for clear, accurate and sustained coverage of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Metcalf Institute will offer two 2011 programs on the emerging science of the spill.

Metcalf Institute, Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) 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. Seminar is tuition free and includes room and board. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2011.

Metcalf Institute's 13th Annual Science 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 the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill," will be held in Narragansett, Rhode Island, June 12-17, and will explore the state of the science and methods used to assess the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Fellows will gain a better understanding of environmental science research methods, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs. The Metcalf Workshop Fellowships are offered to working journalists from all media interested in environmental reporting. Fellowship award includes room, board, tuition and some travel support. Applications must be postmarked by January 21, 2011.

Applications for both programs may be downloaded at For additional program information, call 401-874-6211 or email

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

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November 23, 2010