JEM science communicator alumni analyze their academic, career experiences
One of the perks about studying Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) at UT is the amount of local resources that students have access to. From interning at the Knoxville News Sentinel to Discovery, Inc. to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), there are ample opportunities to combine the communications field with other specialties.
Here are four science communicator alumni stories.
ORNL is known around the science and technology communities for many things, one of those being its Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Essentially, this accelerator-based system sends proton pulses to a steel target filled with liquid mercury. Then the neutrons move toward … Read more “JEM science communicator alumni analyze their academic, career experiences”
JEM students win Blakely awards
The Society for Technical Communication-East Tennessee Chapter announced the winners of the J. Paul Blakely Awards in Technical Communication and Science Writing.
Congratulations to the following student award winners from Writing about Science and Medicine (JREM 450), Environmental Writing (JREM 451), and Science Writing as Literature (JREM 456):
- Science Writing Category (Graduate Division): Chris Samoray, award of distinction; and Matt Reed, award of excellence
- Science Writing Category (Undergraduate Division): Dixie Daniels, award of distinction; Christie Thiessen, award of excellence; Lauren Gregg, award of merit; and Victoria Knight, award of merit
- Technical Communication Category (Undergraduate Division):
Hill Lecturer Ron Winslow: There is a goldmine of news to cover
Ron Winslow, acclaimed medical writer for The Wall Street Journal, gave the University of Tennessee’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, March 11 in the McClung Museum Auditorium.
Winslow addressed the challenges science writers face with declining staff positions and disruptions in conventional news media in his lecture “Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times.”
When Winslow became WSJ’s senior special writer in 1989, covering healthcare and medicine, there were 95 national newspapers with dedicated weekly science sections. By 2012, science sections remained in 19 newspapers. Even The Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle… Read more “Hill Lecturer Ron Winslow: There is a goldmine of news to cover”
2014 Hill Lecturer: WSJ medical writer Ron Winslow
During his time at the Journal, Winslow has published more than 1,400 articles and won many honors for his work, including the Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Writing in 2011.
His lecture titled “Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times” will explore the state of science writing in the media landscape.
“I’m concerned about the challenges science writers face from declining staff … Read more “2014 Hill Lecturer: WSJ medical writer Ron Winslow”
Science journal to publish article by Littmann
Endeavour journal, a quarterly magazine reviewing the history and philosophy of science, has accepted an article written by JEM Professor and Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing Mark Littmann and SIS doctoral candidate Todd Suomela. The article entitled “Crowdsourcing, the Great Meteor Storm of 1833, and the Founding of Meteor Science” will appear in the June 2014 peer-reviewed publication.
In mid-February, Littmann will visit Emory & Henry College to the advise staff on the creation of a science communication program. According to Professor Sara Bier, a geologist at E&H, Littmann’s science background was the biggest draw. He received a … Read more “Science journal to publish article by Littmann”
Alumna trains as astronaut for science writing job
Science writer Miriam Kramer (JEM/’11) headed to Cape Canaveral, Fla. in early December to cover the AXE Apollo Space Academy for SPACE.com.
Designed to give away 23 seats aboard the XCOR Aerospace Lynx spacecraft, the space camp put recruits through a g-force simulator, air combat training and Zero-Gravity parabolic flights.
Kramer took part in the training as part of her assignment—one that she describes as anxiety-inducing and unique.
Outfitted in a personalized flight suit, Kramer experienced the intense pull of four Gs and 10 seconds of weightlessness as she flew in a Marchetti SF 260 fighter jet alongside former Air … Read more “Alumna trains as astronaut for science writing job”
Science writers, students visit ORNL
Photo courtesy of Kate Brimer : Science writers and journalism students visit the control room of the historic Graphite Reactor at ORNL. During the trip they saw supercomputers, the data visualization wall, the Spallation Neutron Source, and the Graphite Reactor, where the first sustained nuclear reaction took place in 1943.
Sandra McLean invited to attend the 2012 Conference of the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research Science Writing Workshop
Sandra McLean, recent graduate from the JEM/Science Journalism program has has been invited to attend the 2012 Conference of the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research to participate in the Science Writing Workshop.
McLean has a special interest in medical journalism. During the conference, McLean will participate in a task group to document that group’s process and results, and write a summary on-site as well as several writing seminars to review and critique other participants’ work before final short articles are submitted.
McLean’s work will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be shared with the clinicians, scientists and engineers … Read more “Sandra McLean invited to attend the 2012 Conference of the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research Science Writing Workshop”
Science Writer David Quammen to Speak to JEM Students
Internationally acclaimed nonfiction and science writer David Quammen will speak to JEM and CCI students Thursday, April 28 at 3:40 p.m. in a phone conference in the Scripps Convergence Lab.
Quammen will discuss Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea, the subject of much recent scandal. The discussion will also address ethics in nonfiction as a whole and what readers can do to be more critical when reading works of nonfiction.
The discussion is open to anybody who wishes to attend.
David Quammen’s books include The Song of the Dodo (about evolution and extinction–1996), Monster of God (about man-eating predators