Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting Invites Applications for Oil Spill Education Opportunities

In response to the need for clear, accurate, and sustained coverage of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, is offering two science training opportunities — a science seminar on oil spill impacts, and its annual science immersion workshop for journalists. The fellowships are made possible by a Rapid Response grant through the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program.

The Metcalf Institute, Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium will offer a two-and-a-half-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 in the field and discuss the latest research on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster with leading experts. The seminar is tuition free and includes room and board. (Deadline: January 31, 2011.)

The Metcalf Institute's Thirteenth 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. (Deadline: January 21, 2011.)

Complete information and application forms for both programs are available at the Metcalf Institute Web site.