15th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

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Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

June 9-14, 2013
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Read the Providence Business News story on 15th anniversary
of the Metcalf Annual Science Immersion Workshop

The Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop brings journalists to the field, laboratory, and conference table for hands-on experience in environmental research.

Metcalf’s longest-running program, the fellowship emphasizes basic methods of environmental research, the principles and ethics guiding scientific inquiry and opportunities to cultivate scientific sources, and deepens participants’ understanding of how environment and the public interest intersect.

The 6-day 2013 workshop was held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions, giving journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of human activities in coastal ecosystems.

Meet the 2013 Metcalf Fellows.

During the week in Rhode Island, Fellows:

  • conducted a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
  • investigated the role of forests in mitigating climate change and protecting watersheds;
  • explored the development and use of sea level rise models for adaptation planning;
  • attended lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
  • learned data visualization techniques to communicate complex information more effectively;
  • experienced off-deadline interaction with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
  • built story ideas;
  • met and connected with professional colleagues; and
  • expanded reporting portfolios.

View 2013 agenda.

View 2013 public lectures.

The 2013 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists was underwritten by Metcalf Institute donors including generous support from Charlotte Metcalf, Pamela Thye, and Craig and Sarah Richardson, with matching support from The Prospect Hill Foundation.

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