Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

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June 8, 2009 to June 12, 2009

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is hosting its Annual Public Lecture Series, Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across, from Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 12. This year’s program will feature nationally renowned specialists in research, environmental economics and journalism.

Monday’s lecture features William Schlesinger of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He will discuss the value of taking an ecosystem-wide approach to investigating and addressing these impacts. On Tuesday, June 9, Colleen Charles of the U.S. Geological Survey will identify what climate change research is needed to better predict changes in ecosystems. Wednesday’s lecturer is Christophe Tulou, Resilient Coasts Initiative, who will discuss ways in which the world’s coastal cities can manage the risks of climate change.

On Thursday, Tom Rosenstiel will turn the discussion to journalism. Rosenstiel, of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, will discuss what is really happening in journalism today. For the final lecture on Friday, June 12, John Reilly will confront the challenges to economists of estimating the costs of environmental damages. Reilly is from the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The 2009 Metcalf Institute lecture series is presented concurrently with Metcalf’s Eleventh Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, a fellowship program that exposes journalists to coastal and marine science research. The June program will focus on global change in coastal ecosystems. The 2009 Metcalf Fellows are profiled on the web at

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Coastal Institute Auditorium at the URI Narrangansett Bay Campus
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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(401) 874-6211
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