EurekAlert!, the global science news service operated by AAAS, is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2011 AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.
The fellowships are intended to help support excellence in science communication worldwide by providing science reporters with the opportunity to cover the latest research, and to network with peers from around the world. Four accomplished science journalists, each from different counties, have been selected to participate in this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting (www.aaas.org/meetings), 17-21 February in Washington, D.C. Sponsorship for the 2011 fellowships is provided by EurekAlert!. The fellowship pays for travel, lodging and meals at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
"I hope to learn more about science research done in the United States, and know more about how U.S. reporters handle science," Nadia El Dakroury, a science journalist with El Dostor in Egypt, shared upon receiving the 2011 fellowship.
The fellowships were originally launched in 2004 with a seed grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation. It brought 10 reporters from China to the 2004 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle. Subsequent fellowships have sponsored reporters from the Middle East, China, Africa, Central and South America.
The recipients of the 2011 fellowships are:
"I find it very exciting to be at an event organized by AAAS, a world leader in science that I admire very much, and one that has been a source of science information during my career. I am very grateful for this opportunity. It will allow me to grow as a person and as a professional, and gain new tools to continue learning and be able to pass on my experience to others," Andrea Obaid Carrión commented.
The theme of the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting is Science Without Borders. In keeping with this theme, and the mission of both AAAS and EurekAlert!, the reporter fellowship seeks to promote international scientific dialogue and advance the communication of science news to the global public.
"My radio program, Tecnociencia on Radio Cooperativa, is the only radio program in Chile that broadcasts news on science, technology and the environment," Andrea added. "This award can motivate other journalists to communicate science, and to create more science media outlets in Chile and other countries."
More information about the 2011 fellowship winners is available at http://www.eurekalert.org/fellows. The website will also publish meeting coverage by each of the fellows.
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