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July 9: Steinbrenner Institute Attracts Top Journalists To Environmental Media Fellowship Program


Chriss Swaney                   

Carnegie Mellon's Steinbrenner Institute Attracts Top Journalists
To Fourth Annual Environmental Media Fellowship Program

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER) will host four top journalists, July 13-16, for its fourth annual environmental media fellowship program.
The national journalists include Jeff Burnside, a producer at WTVJ NBC 6 Miami; Cheryl Hogue, a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News; Janet Raloff, senior editor/policy at Science News; and Rosanne Skirble, a senior reporter at Voice of America. The journalists will spend three days on the Carnegie Mellon campus, meeting faculty and getting a personal look at some of the university's environmental research.
"The fellowship enables leading science journalists to deepen their knowledge of environmental issues, and provides a great opportunity for our faculty members to broaden their knowledge about how the media work," said David Dzombak, faculty director for the Steinbrenner Institute and the Walter J. Blenko Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering.
The media fellows meet informally with researchers in labs and in the field. Their interviews span topics ranging from global warming issues to alternative energy, air and water quality, risk management and green design.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty members to share their research findings with a group of professional journalists who can advise us how best to communicate our work both nationally and globally," said Deborah Lange, executive director of the Steinbrenner Institute.
The Steinbrenner Institute works to develop new interdisciplinary environmental education and research initiatives at Carnegie Mellon, and to advance and coordinate the activities of 18 research centers focused on environmental topics. The educational focus includes an emphasis on helping all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students understand complex environmental problems and to think about paths to a more sustainable world.
In the past four years, the Steinbrenner Institute has allocated more than $400,000 in grants to a variety of Carnegie Mellon research and educational initiatives, including industry and media panel sessions and fellowships.