Twelve Journalists Awarded Fellowships in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program

Contact: Diana Kenney
508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve science and health journalists have been awarded a competitive fellowship in the Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, an internationally renowned center for biological and environmental research and education.

Now in its 34th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program provides 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, is scheduled to run from June 1-11, 2021 in Woods Hole. (Dates are subject to change in the event of Covid-19-related travel restrictions.)

Biographies for the 2021 Logan Science Journalism Program Fellows are here. They are:

Biomedical Fellows

André Biernath, Health and Science Reporter, BBC Brazil (based in São Paulo, Brazil)

Ambika Kandasamy, Freelance Journalist (United States)

Judith Pyke, Director/Producer/Writer, Curious Features (Vancouver, Canada)

Matt Reynolds, Science Editor, WIRED UK (London, UK)

Frank Swain, Freelance Journalist (Barcelona, Spain)

Havovi Todd, Health and Science Correspondent, Associated Press Television News (London, UK)

Environmental Fellows

Kyle Bagenstose, Investigative Reporter, Gannett/USA Today Network (Philadelphia, Penn.)

Anna Clark, Freelance Journalist (Detroit, Mich.)

Tatiana Pardo Ibarra, Freelance Journalist (Bogotá, Colombia)

Sonali Prasad, Freelance Journalist (New Delhi, India)

Andres Pruna, Producer/Editor, Univision KMEX (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Molly Segal, Radio/Audio Producer (Banff, Canada)

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.

All fellows collect, analyze, and interpret research data, which they present at a mini-symposium at the close of the fellowship. They also have opportunities to explore the rich scientific resources in Woods Hole.

The Biomedical Hands-On Research Course is directed by Jessica Mark Welch, Ph.D., associate scientist in the MBL’s Bay Paul Center. The course’s journalism advisor 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, Ph.D., senior scientist and director of the MBL Ecosystems Center. Science journalist/producer Angela Posada-Swafford is the course’s journalism advisor.

Over the years, the Logan Science Journalism Program has granted fellowships to hundreds of journalists from prominent news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and Scientific American.

Biomedical Fellow Olivia Willis of Australian Broadcasting Corp. training in microscopy and imaging. Credit: Maryn McKenna

Biomedical Fellow Olivia Willis of Australian Broadcasting Corp. training in microscopy and imaging. Credit: Maryn McKenna

 
Environmental Fellows Sarah Kaplan of The Washington Post and María Mónica Monsalve of El Espectador field sampling in Woods Hole. Credit: Craig LeMoult

Environmental Fellows Sarah Kaplan of The Washington Post and María Mónica Monsalve of El Espectador field sampling in Woods Hole. Credit: Craig LeMoult

 
The Fellows take a break from research to visit the Cape Cod National Seashore. Credit: Diana Kenney

The Fellows take a break from research to visit the Cape Cod National Seashore. Credit: Diana Kenney

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding marine biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

The Logan Science Journalism Program is sponsored by: George & Helen H.B. Logan; Friends and Alumni of the Science Journalism Program; Golden Family Foundation; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Irving Weinstein Foundation, Inc.; Ross Foundation; and the Byron H. Waksman Fund for Excellence in Science Communication.