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10 Knight Fellows selected

A science photographer and a web journalist are among the 10 Knight Science Journalism Fellows selected to attend MIT in 2000-01.

This will be the 18th class of mid-career journalists to come to MIT for a year to study current research in a wide variety of sciences and technologies. The fellowships are part of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. The new fellows are:

Sahoon Hong, science reporter for the Korean Broadcasting System. Based in Seoul, Mr. Hong is perhaps the most visible science journalist in Korea.

Akinlabi Jimoh, science writer for the Guardian, Nigeria's leading English-language newspaper. Trained originally in medical physiology, he also organizes activities to help educate Nigeria's fledgling science writing community.

Sharon Kay, freelance science writer and producer for the Discovery Channel and ABC News. She has created programs on astronomy, space research and the military-industrial complex.

Karen Rafinski, medical writer for the Miami Herald. She veered to medical writing after having been a premed student in college.

Teresa Riordan, patents columnist for the New York Times. She also writes science articles for

Gary Robbins, science writer at the Orange County Register in California. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a science writer and a focus on creating explanatory graphics for his newspaper, the 23rd largest in the United States.

Bari Scott, executive director of SoundVision Productions. She was executive producer of the award-winning series, "The DNA Files," heard on National Public Radio.

Seema Singh, science writer for India's leading English-language daily, the Times of India. Based in Bangalore, India's "science city," she devotes much attention to computer-related research.

Volker Steger, science photographer. The Munich-based Mr. Steger is almost as much at home with a scanning electron microscope as a camera. His work has appeared in Discover magazine, Bild der Wissenschaft and other magazines.

Angela Swafford, writer and producer for, one of the largest web sites devoted to science news. She also produces content for Discovery's Latin American web sites.

The new Knight Fellows were chosen by a committee comprising Scott Allen, deputy science editor of the Boston Globe and a former Knight Fellow; Leigh Fenly, science editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune; Peggy Girshman, a producer for Dateline NBC and another former Knight Fellow; Frank Solomon, MIT professor of biology; and Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight program.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 10, 2000.

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