From hands on work in a molecular biology lab to collecting marine specimens off the coast of Cape Cod, 13 science and health journalists recently got a taste of life as a scientist through the Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological and environmental research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.
Now in its 31st year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and health journalists to “step into the shoes of the scientists they cover” through immersion in hands-on research at the MBL and its affiliates. This year’s program also gave four of the journalists an opportunity to spend four days in Chicago interacting with researchers affiliated with The Microbiome Center, Argonne National Laboratory, the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.
During their day at UChicago, they spoke to several researchers about their work, toured the Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility used for conducting germ-free microbiome research, and visited the Polsky Center’s Fabrication Lab and its tools for building 3D prototypes.
Over the years, the Logan Science Journalism Program has granted fellowships to hundreds of journalists from prominent news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and Scientific American.