Environmental Factor, September 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental News Organization Seeks Fellowship Applications
By Eddy Ball
Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), a non-profit environmental news publisher, is accepting nominations through October 15 for ten 12-month appointments to its 2010 Science Communications Fellows program. Fellows participate in the program via a monthly conference call and one annual 2-day meeting in Washington. Department chairs or deans at the applicant's institution make the nomination, which is accompanied by a letter from the applicant, curriculum vitae and writing samples.
The program is designed to help fellows improve their abilities to communicate with non-scientists about scientific discoveries in environmental health, especially with reporters and editors. The competition is open to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty at research universities with active research programs in the environmental health sciences. The fellowships are part time with an annual stipend of $5,000 and travel expenses to attend a media training conference.
Each month, the fellows identify two important new scientific findings within his or her area of expertise, compose brief summaries, and confer with colleagues and EHS staff about the findings. The fellows also contribute short reviews critiquing media coverage of environmental health findings, and occasionally, they expand the summaries into longer, more detailed synopses for the group's publications.
Environmental Health Sciences (http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/about) is the publisher of EnvironmentalHealthNews.org (http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/) and DailyClimate.org (http://www.dailyclimate.org/) . Nomination details and links to more information about the program and fellows from prior years - several with ties to NIEHS - are available online (http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/Members/nomination) .