Knight Science program picks class


The new class of Knight Science Journalism Fellows coming to MIT this fall will include two graphic artists -- journalists who specialize in creating explanatory diagrams and illustrations that help the public better understand science and technology.

This will be the first time the program, which has focused on writers, will include people who practice this increasingly important form of science communication. In the year just ending, the Knight Fellowship included a science photographer.

The newly selected journalists are:

Agnes Biskup, managing editor of Muse magazine. Jointly published by Smithsonian magazine and the Cricket Magazine Group, Muse predominantly covers science and technology for young readers.

David Chanatry, producer of NBC Weekend Nightly News. Mr. Chanatry produces many of the medical stories broadcast by NBC News.

Ibiba Don Pedro, an environment reporter for the Guardian, the leading English-language daily in Nigeria. Ms. Don Pedro, named African Journalist of the Year in 2000 by the African Journalist Foundation, focuses on the conflict between Nigeria's economic development and its environmental consequences.

Carey Goldberg, Boston bureau chief of the New York Times. Ms. Goldberg, based in Boston for the past four years, will be preparing to become a full-time science writer.

Carol Hills, senior producer for The World, a daily news program on public radio, co-produced by the BBC and Public Radio International. Ms. Hills specializes in stories on science, technology, environment and health that have international dimensions.

SeHee Hwang, a medical writer for JoongAng Ilbo, the second largest daily newspaper in South Korea. Ms. Hwang was a practicing physician until seven years ago when she became a newspaper reporter.

Barbara Moran, a magazine writer and television producer specializing in the history of technology. Ms. Moran is a freelance whose work has appeared in Technology Review, the Boston Globe and New Scientist, and on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Sean McNaughton, an information graphic artist at the Boston Globe. Mr. McNaughton creates many of the large illustrations featured in the Globe's weekly science section.

Diran Onifade, a longtime reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). NTA is the country's only national network. Mr. Onifade specializes in health and medicine stories affecting Nigerians.

Rebecca Perry, an editorial artist with the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Perry, whose work is featured on the Times's science pages has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design and other organizations.

This new class of Knight Fellows, the 19th since the program was founded in 1983, was chosen by a committee comprising K.C. Cole, a science writer with the Los Angeles Times; Scott Allen, a science editor with the Boston Globe and a former Knight Fellow; Hugh Gusterson, MIT professor of anthropology and science studies; and Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight Fellowships.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 16, 2001.


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