The Marine Biological Laboratory will soon welcome 12 journalists who have been awarded a competitive fellowship in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program.

Now in its 34th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program provides health and science journalists with immersive, hands-on research training, giving them invaluable insight into the practice of science as well as some of the major news stories of today. The program, which offers a Biomedical course and an Environmental course, will run from May 27 to June 4 in Woods Hole.

Biomedical fellows are James Dinneen, a freelance journalist based in New York; Dan Drollette Jr., deputy editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; Molly Enking, weekend digital editor/producer for “PBS NewsHour Weekend”; Alexa Kurzius, managing editor of Newsela; Matt Reynolds, science editor of WIRED UK in London; and Cathy Shufro, a freelance journalist in Connecticut.

Environmental fellows are Kyle Bagenstose, an investigative reporter for Gannett/USA Today Network in Pennsylvania; Frederick Bever, a reporter/producer for Maine Public Radio/New England News Collaborative; Katy Daigle, a climate change editor for Reuters; Tatiana Pardo Ibarra, a freelance journalist from Bogotá, Colombia; Andres Pruna, a producer/editor for Univision KMEX in Los Angeles; and Miriam Wasser, an environmental reporter for WBUR-Boston.

In the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course, fellows learn the fundamental techniques and approaches that underpin current biomedical science. In 2021, they will focus on cutting-edge technologies for imaging and analyzing the human microbiome; genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9; and DNA sequencing and analysis. They will also have ample opportunity to discuss concepts and innovations in biological and biomedical science with the program’s scientific faculty.

In the Environmental Hands-On Research Course, fellows undertake field research at a barrier beach, salt marsh and watershed ecosystem on Cape Cod. They discover the complex ways that added nitrogen alters coastal ecosystems, including their capacity to keep up with sea-level rise and impacts on marine life and coastal food webs.

The Biomedical Hands-On Research Course is co-directed by Jessica Mark Welch, PhD, associate scientist in the MBL’s Bay Paul Center, and Joshua Rosenthal, PhD, senior scientist in the MBL’s Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. The course’s journalism adviser is Maryn McKenna, an independent science journalist, author and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University.

The Environmental Hands-On Research Course is directed by Anne Giblin, PhD, senior scientist and director of the MBL Ecosystems Center. Science journalist/producer Angela Posada-Swafford is the course’s journalism adviser.

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