AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters
Congratulations to the following outstanding journalists who received the 2016 EurekAlert!/AAAS Fellowships for International Science Reporters, sponsored by EurekAlert!.
Four fellows were selected from our largest-ever applicant pool of early-career science journalists from top media outlets in India and China.
The recipients of the 2016 fellowships are:
Dinsa Sachan Freelance journalist
Dinsa Sachan is a New Delhi-based freelance science journalist. Her articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Discover, Science online, and Nature.com. She has been a recipient of the prestigious Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Science Journalism Fellowship at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin. She has also worked as a full-time reporter with Down to Earth, one of India's leading science and environment fortnightly magazines. Her main focus these days is to cover "interesting stories at the intersection of science and culture."
Swagata Yadavar has been a health correspondent at the Mumbai bureau of THE WEEK for four years. She has covered various subjects in health and medicine. Some of the stories she has worked on include: emergence of drug resistance tuberculosis in Mumbai, connivance of doctors in female feticide by conducting sex determination and termination in rural Maharashtra, investigation of insurance scams by private doctors who conducted un-indicated hysterectomies on illiterate rural women in Bihar and Rajasthan, and the dangerous effects of meow meow (or mephedrone drug) on youth in Mumbai, where it was freely available. She has also won the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2013 and the Mumbai Press Club's National Red Ink Award for Health Writing in 2014.
Boran Zhang is a writer for Chinese science news website Guokr.com. Born in the coastal city of Yantai in eastern China to parents who are both history professors, Zhang were interested in a lot of things without committing to any, until he found Darwin, Dawkins, and Gould - and their ability to combine sound science with excellent writing - while attending Peking University. After a battle with depression interrupted his Ph.D. studies at UC Berkeley, he returned to China but never left science. As a science writer, he has interviewed many scientists, including Stephen Wolfram, George Schaller, and Birute Galdikas; he has also written many articles about all things related to evolution, and "occasionally something else."
Cui Zheng joined Caixin Media in 2011 and has been covering environmental and science issues since then. In the past year, on Caixin's weekly magazine and website, she published a series of stories on China's environment management policy, important scientific breakthroughs in China and from around the world, China's GMO policies and ongoing debates, and more. One of her most recent works, a feature story about CONVERGE - a large-scale genome research project in China aimed at finding genes related to depression - was selected as a cover story for Caixin Weekly and gained positive feedback. Prior to her current position, she worked as a researcher at The Guardian's Beijing Office. She holds a Master's degree in journalism and a Bachelor's in mechanical engineering.
The fellows will attend the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting from February 11-15 in Washington, DC.