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Journalists from across the United States and Canada, all working for newspapers, have been selected as Knight Science Journalism Fellows for the 1995-96 academic year at MIT. They come from California, Alberta, New Mexico, Michigan, New York and Vermont.
The six Fellows include reporters covering environmental issues and medicine, and a graphic artist. They will be part of the 13th group of science journalists to visit the Institute under a program that began in 1983 as the Vannevar Bush Fellowships. Fellows from overseas are expected to join the group; their names will be announced later.
Those selected are:
John D. Cox, 51, a science reporter for The Sacramento Bee, leading newspaper of the McClatchy group.
John A. Dillon, 40, reporter for the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in Vermont.
Rex A. Graham, 44, medical and science reporter for the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico.
Megan Jaegerman, 42, graphics editor for The New York Times, whose work appears frequently in that paper's Tuesday Science Times section.
Jenni Laidman, 40, staff writer at the Bay City Times in Bay City, MI, one of the Booth group of Newhouse Newspapers.
Edward Struzik, 41, senior writer for the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alta. Mr. Struzik is the fourth journalist from Canada to join the program.
The 1995 Selection Committee for the Knight Fellowships was: Jerry E. Bishop, deputy news editor, The Wall Street Journal; Robert Lee Hotz, science reporter, Los Angeles Times; Victor K. McElheny, director, Knight Science Journalism Fellowships; Ann Gibbons Scherlis, contributing editor, Science magazine and a 1987-88 Knight Fellow; Kathy Sawyer, reporter, The Washington Post; and Patricia Thomas, editor of the Harvard Health Letter and a 1986-87 Fellow.
The recent selections bring the total number of science journalists selected for the program to 134, of whom approximately half have worked for newspapers. The total includes 73 men and 61 women from 23 states and 13 foreign countries on six continents.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 1995.