Climate change, ocean circulation, and ocean monitoring are among the topics 10 journalists will be studying during an August 27-29 news media fellowship program being sponsored by Oregon State University, Corvallis, Or.
With a ceiling of 10 slots for attending journalists, the program by late June had attracted reporters from the Oregonian in Portland; National Geographic, the Seattle Times, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and National Public Radio, according to Nick Houtman, of the university’s department of research communications.
Plans call for participants to visit research labs, view advances in remote monitoring technologies “and learn what science brings to the issue of marine reserves,” the program’s web site says.
“Our oceans are changing: communities are growing, sea levels are rising, … fisheries are declining. Underlying these trends is a changing climate and an expanding coastal population.”
Among scheduled speakers are Jane Lubchenco, of the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), and Mark Abbott, Oregon State Dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Plans call for the attending reporters to tour a wave energy research facility and also what the university says is “the world’s largest tsunami simulation basin.”
Oregon State covers lodging, meals, and local transportation expenses, but registrants have to finance their way to Corvallis. For information on any remaining media slots, contact Nick Houtman by phone (541-737-0783) or e-mail. Houtman said the university is planning a 2009 media fellowship addressing forestry issues.