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Date:5/30/2008

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*also selected for additional month at Palmer Station, Antarctica

During their residencies, fellows will learn what science is like from the inside out. In early June, biomedical fellows will participate a hands-on laboratory course that will explore techniques used in biomedical researchsequencing DNA, cloning, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction), for example.

Journalists selected for the MBL's new Polar Fellowship, created in conjunction with the International Polar Year, will travel to the foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range, site of an MBL field site at Toolik Lake. There they will participate in a weeklong hands-on course focusing on key science questions in polar research. Following the course, the journalists will team up with research scientists to work side-by-side with them in the field and laboratory. This winter, three Polar Fellows will spend an additional month with scientists studying the effects of climate change and ecosystem function at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. The experience provides an unmatched opportunity to experience, compare, and contrast polar change and research conducted at both poles.

To date, the Science Journalism Program has granted fellowships to more than 250 journalists from a wide range of news organizations, including The New York Times, Science, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, CNN, and Scientific American. It is also gaining cachet with journalists overseas, and includes alumni from such far-reaching places as Africa, Brazil, Sweden, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

MBL visiting investigator and Northwestern University professor Dr. Robert D. Goldman, and Knight Science Journalism Program director and former Washington Post science editor, Boyce Rensberger, direct the Science Journalism Program. The Biomedical Hands-On Laboratory course is directed by Dr. Kerry Bloom of the University of North Carolina and the Polar Hands-On Laborat
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Contact: Gina Hebert
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Marine Biological Laboratory
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