Knight science fellows named for 2002-2003


The 20th annual class of science journalists to come to MIT for a sabbatical year of study will also be one of the most internationally diverse. Six of the 10 Knight Science Journalism Fellows will be from countries other than the United States.

The fellowships are part of the Program on Science, Technology and Society in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The new fellows are:

Pamela Asige Andiba, senior reporter for Kenya's Nation Broadcasting, a nationwide radio and television network. She specializes in science, medical and environment stories.

Ruth Bellinghini, science reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's largest daily newspapers. Bellinghini focuses on life sciences, including cell and molecular biology.

May Yee Chen, a Malaysian writer on information technology for The Asian Wall Street Journal. Chen will learn to cover science and environmental topics for the newspaper.

Alessandro Greco, science writer for a popular Brazilian web site, "News and Opinion." Since Greco applied, the web site has suspended publication. He has a degree in mechanical engineering.

Trisha Gura, freelance science writer whose work appears regularly in Science, Nature and New Scientist. Gura, who has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, also writes for Good Housekeeping.

Annalee Newitz, writer and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, an alternative weekly. With a Ph.D. in American studies, Newitz writes the paper's "Techsploitation" column. She also edited the book "White Trash," a small press best seller.

David Paterson, producer of science and medical documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and other British television outlets. Paterson is a former staff writer for The Yorkshire Post and New Scientist who has published three books.

Adam Rogers, general editor for Newsweek. His stories appear mainly in the magazine's science and technology section. He also has freelanced for New Scientist, Wired and National Wildlife.

Lauren Slater, freelance journalist and author specializing in psychology. She is author of the acclaimed "Prozac Diary," a 1998 memoir, and her 2000 book "Lying" has won several awards. Her essays have appeared in the anthology "Best American Essays" in 1994 and 1997.

Clive Thompson, Canadian freelance writer and producer, based in Brooklyn. Thompson writes extensively on artificial intelligence and related subjects for Lingua Franca and many other publications. He also writes a weekly column for Newsday on the cultural and political impact of science and technology.

The new Knights were chosen by a committee comprising Knight Fellowship director Boyce Rensberger, Professor Hugh Gusterson and two former Knight Fellows, Peter Spotts of The Christian Science Monitor, and Glennda Chui of The San Jose Mercury News.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 15, 2002.


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