2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop Fellows
|Doyin Adeoye is an environment reporter with Nigeria’s oldest newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune, covering conservation issues, environmental impact assessments, global warming, deforestation and ozone layer depletion in Africa, as well as education in Nigeria. She has reported in several capital cities in Nigeria. Adeoye was instrumental in the coverage of Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election and the 2014 Nigerian University Games Association. She has been awarded the Nigerian Outstanding Students’ Choice Awards of Recognition, as the Students Choice Education Editor of The Year (2015). She is also involved in philanthropic gestures, such as the distribution of free books to thousands of students in ten secondary schools in Ibadan. She grew up in West Africa’s largest city, Ibadan, and earned a B.Sc. in sociology and anthropology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.|
|Rich Gardella is an off-air investigative reporter and producer for the NBC News Investigative Unit, based at the NBC News Washington Bureau. During the last 13 years, he has reported and produced investigative reports for NBC Nightly News and the TODAY show on a wide range of topics, including whistleblower allegations about the VA healthcare system serving the nation’s veterans and General Motors’ safety recall of a defective ignition switch linked to fatal crashes of its vehicles. Gardella’s work has also included reports on toxicology testing on marine life from the use of dispersants applied to the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, combustion lab testing on portable plastic gas cans, and U.S. Army National Guardsmen exposure to a carcinogenic chemical for several months during deployment at a water treatment plant in Iraq. A native of New York who now lives in Washington, D.C., he earned a B.A. in English from Williams College.|
|Catalina Jaramillo is an independent reporter and radio producer living in Philadelphia. For most of her career, she has worked toward social justice, writing about inequality and building real and virtual spaces for people to communicate. She is a freelance correspondent for Chilean newspaper La Tercera and Qué Pasa magazine, she collaborates with Feet in Two Worlds–a news organization that brings the work of ethnic media journalists to public radio and the web–and has filed stories for Al Día, a Philadelphia newspaper, and EveryZip, a radio project with WHYY in Philly. She was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, and has lived in Spain, Mexico and the US. Jaramillo earned a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and is a Fulbright Fellow.|
|Maddy Lauria is an environment and community reporter at the Cape Gazette, a twice-weekly newspaper that covers Delaware’s Cape Region and southern beaches. She has reported on local environmental issues such as the First State’s ongoing development of a commercial shellfish aquaculture program, the effect of coastal storms and climate change on both oceanfront communities and back bay towns, wildlife research projects, Sussex County’s large poultry industry and everything from police and business to politics and entertainment in Milton, Del., the home of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. She grew up in northern Delaware, earned a B.A. in English and journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and is thrilled to be back on the East Coast, living minutes away from the largest spawning grounds of Atlantic horseshoe crabs in the world.
Jeff Mosier is a longtime newspaper reporter, but brand new on the environmental beat following a major newsroom reorganization. He started at the now defunct Dallas Times Herald in 1990 and eventually landed at the Dallas Morning News. He has covered dozens of cities, from an incorporated mobile home park to the city of Dallas, school districts, courts, political races, sports, business and general assignments ranging from stadium construction to a corrupt charter school and including coverage of an experimental asbestos abatement program, the early days of fracking and flood control programs. He is honored to follow Randy Loftis, who had covered the environment beat for the Dallas Morning News since the late 1980s before taking a buyout last year. While not a native Texan, he grew up in Texas and received a B.A. in communications and journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington.
|Susan Phillips covers energy and environment for StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public radio project at WHYY in Philadelphia. Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people’s every day lives. She won a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with State Impact and was a finalist for a 2015 Online News Association award. She studied environmental law and climate change at MIT as a 2013/2014 Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004, winning several awards for her coverage of the 2007 Mayor’s race, and her 2008 coverage of the Presidential election.|
|Muhammad Qaseem Saeed is a news reporter with Geo News, Pakistan’s top news channel, where he covers environment and the politics of environment. Be it flood or natural disaster or elections, he travels around the country for stories regardless of conditions. He unearthed the biggest environmental scam in Pakistan’s history, involving misuse of US$11 million. He started his career at CNBC Pakistan and later on worked in AAJ News Network. Qaseem earned a B.A. and M.A. in international relations at the University of Karachi and was selected to participate in Pakistan’s German Academic Exchange Service and won numerous debate competitions as a college student. He loves reading books and playing cricket.|
|Kate Siber is a freelance writer and a correspondent for Outside magazine. She covers a wide range of topics from science and the environment to outdoor sports and travel. She loves to write about some of the world’s wildest, most remote places, such as South Georgia Island, near Antarctica, and new developments in conservation. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, High Country News, and National Parks, among many others, and has been honored with awards from FOLIO, The North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Society of American Travel Writers, which named her a travel journalist of the year in 2011. Siber grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, earned her B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, and currently lives in Durango, Colorado.|
|Andy Uhler reports for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk in Los Angeles. Andy’s been working in public radio for as long as he can remember. He interned at KUT, Austin, Texas’ NPR affiliate, when he was an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. After graduating and living abroad for a year, he came back to KUT and began working as the senior producer of Texas Music Matters – a music journalism show hosted by Texas Standard host, David Brown. Four years ago, Andy took leave to get a Master’s degree in global policy studies at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, focusing on energy and environment policy. He’s now back to producing radio as a reporter for Marketplace. He reports on everything from natural disasters, water allocation and quality issues to infrastructure challenges. When given the opportunity, he tends to focus on Central and South America. Andy is currently participating in the McGraw Hill Financial Data Journalism Fellowship.|
|Amelia Urry is a science writer and editor at Grist, a Seattle-based environmental nonprofit, where she covers climate science and culture and overseas special projects with a special focus on oceans, the poles, wildlife, and climate communication. In 2015, she won a grant to cover the crisis facing coral reefs, and the people trying to give coral a hand in a warming world — from replanting damaged reefs to identifying “super corals” to speeding up evolution itself. Urry is coauthor of a book on fractal geometry, Fractal Worlds: Grown, Built, Imagined forthcoming from Yale University Press. Her personal essay about the erosion of a stretch of shoreline near her grandparents house, exploring time and memory, was published in the literary magazine of Binghampton University and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has also won several prizes for her poetry. Urry graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a B.A. in English.|