Nomination instructions for 2013 Fellowships

Nominations Sought for Environmental Health Sciences
‘Science Communication Fellows’
Due Date: Friday, October 19, 2012

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), publisher of EnvironmentalHealthNews.org and DailyClimate.org, seeks nominations for Science Communication Fellows. The 12-month appointments are open to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty at research universities that have active research programs related to environmental health sciences.

Most of the public and many reporters are unaware of how profoundly the environmental health sciences have advanced in the past decade, and they often lack a basic understanding of the significance or context of new results. The Science Communication Fellows program addresses this gap, working with up to 10 researchers a year to develop and hone their communication and outreach skills early in their professional careers, while also publishing accessible summaries of important new research findings.

Nominations are being accepted now for the competitive, one-year fellowships that will further enhance the researchers’ communication skills and offer a strong peer network with the Science Communication Fellows from prior years. Fellowship training provides participants the tools with which to communicate environmental health research to the media, policy makers and the public.

Duties: With assistance from skilled communication experts and staff, Science Communication Fellows appointed for the 2013 class will:

  • Identify every month two important new scientific findings within his or her area of expertise.
  • Submit short written summaries that translate the findings for reporters and a broader public.
  • Report on those findings via a monthly conference call.
  • Occasionally, expand the summaries into longer, more detailed synopses.
  • Contribute short reviews critiquing media coverage of environmental health findings.
  • Attend a two-day national conference to meet one another and Environmental Health Sciences staff, network with professionals in related fields, attend media training and discuss research and policy issues in environmental health.

Compensation: $5,000 stipend and paid expenses for media training conference.

Nomination: Department chairs or deans will nominate successful candidates.

Application: Applications are due Friday, October 19, 2012. Submit applications electronically in PDF format to sciencefellows@environmentalhealthnews.org. Applications must include:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the applicant's department chair or dean
  2. A letter of recommendation from the applicant's direct supervisor
  3. A letter from the nominee describing qualifications and why he or she wishes to participate
  4. The nominee’s CV
  5. Three representative publications

Selection and Notification: A selection committee will review nominations and select up to 10 fellows for the 2013 year (from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014). Participants will be notified in December.

Selection Committee: Lynn R. Goldman, George Washington University; Louis J. Guillette, Jr., Medical University of South Carolina; Patricia A. Hunt, Washington State University; Richard J. Jackson, University of California-Los Angeles; Shuk-me Ho, University of Cincinnati; Shanna H. Swan, The Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Frederick vom Saal, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Environmental Health Sciences is a not-for-profit organization that promotes public understanding of scientific exploration of links between environmental factors and human health. This program is funded by a grant from the Kendeda Foundation. EHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.