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2017 Annual Science Immersion Workshop Fellows

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Meredith Bauer Meredith Rutland Bauer is a freelance reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She focuses on technology, environmental and science topics, especially “technology of the future,” including 3D printing, hyperloop, CRISPR and virtual reality. A Florida native, Bauer graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, interning at the Wall Street Journal, Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel, and she worked for the Florida Times-Union. Over the past two years, Bauer has explored Silicon Valley’s booming tech businesses and the pressures economic disruption and gentrification puts on some communities, the California drought and the much-debated California Delta. Her freelance work has appeared in Vice Motherboard, The Atlantic’s City Lab, Quartz, Yes! Magazine, TheStreet and Water Efficiency Magazine.
Kimberly Cauvel Kimberly Cauvel is the environment reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald, a daily newspaper in Western Washington where she covers a broad range of topics affecting Skagit County. Nestled between a mountain range and the sea, the area is rich with natural resource issues, including efforts to protect endangered salmon, preserve farmland and address the impacts of climate change. These topics require translating science and policy into easily understood stories that address their importance to those who live and work in the region. Cauvel feels lucky to get to spend her days in the woods, on the water and in research labs and call it work. She came to the Skagit Valley Herald with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and journalism from Western Washington University. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful corner of the world and enjoys hiking, yoga and reading.
Megan Darby Megan Darby is deputy editor at Climate Home, the go-to site for international climate change news, where she writes, commissions and edits stories. From the fragile coral reefs of the Maldives to the opencast coalmines of Germany, her reporting explores the real-world consequences of policy and business decisions. After covering three United Nations climate summits, Darby knows most of the acronyms–and does her best to spare the reader from them. Prior to joining Climate Home in 2014, she covered water and energy for industry mag Utility Week. Darby holds a mathematics degree from Newcastle University and earned a Level 3 Diploma in Journalism at News Associates, Wimbledon.
 Lindsay Fendt Lindsay Fendt is a freelance reporter and photographer based in San José, Costa Rica, focused on the environment and human rights. Before going freelance, she worked as a staff writer and photographer for The Tico Times in Costa Rica, The Marietta Daily Journal in Atlanta, and The Santiago Times in Chile. Her stories and photos have appeared in The Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast and other publications. She received two Bachelor’s degrees, in journalism and international studies, from Elon University in North Carolina and was an International Women’s Media Foundation Adelante Fellow in 2016.
Ashley Fitzpatrick Ashley Fitzpatrick spent years as a natural resources reporter with The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, but lobbied to end the business-centric beat at the end of 2016. She now works general assignment for the daily paper and is able to select feature projects, many involving environmental concerns. Over nearly eight years in local news, she has reported on the outlook for fisheries, hydroelectric development, Eastern Canada’s offshore oil industry and received an Atlantic Journalism Award for a report on dangerously high levels of arsenic in private wells, as part of a wide ranging examination of local water quality. Previously a reporter with The Western Star in Newfoundland and Labrador, with time at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) during her studies, she holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in performance and communications media from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
 Aya Nader Aya Nader is an independent journalist based in Egypt, focusing on human rights and environmental affairs. She wrote her first article at the age of 14, highlighting the long-term effects of technological advancement on human health. After graduating, she worked for Daily News Egypt, the country’s only English independent daily paper. Later turning to freelance, Nader published in various local and international media platforms, including Open Democracy, Al Monitor, Egyptian Streets, and The National. Turning to science journalism, she began writing with Nature Journal of Science’s regional edition Nature Middle East, and contributing to its podcast. She served on a panel focusing on the utility of media as part of a national strategy for the empowerment of Egyptian women. Nader is now pursuing an MA in international relations at the American University in Cairo. To her, the ultimate goal is speaking truth to power. There is little she would not do for a good story.
 Alessandra Potenza Alessandra Potenza reports and edits for the science section of The Verge, a news website about technology, science, and culture. She writes on everything from bleaching corals, Arctic sea ice, and health issues to the intersection between politics and science. She is from Rome, Italy, where she earned a BA in communication at The American University of Rome. She moved to New York in 2011 to attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She then worked for The New York Times Upfront, a Scholastic magazine for high school students, where she won the Association of American Publishers’ Revere Award for best feature with a story on homeless teens. Potenza loves reading books, making pizza, and spending time in nature, camping and stargazing.
Maurice Tamman Maurice Tamman is a reporter and editor on the Reuters investigative unit based in New York City. Before stepping back from management last year, Tamman ran the unit’s forensic data team, which he created after joining the news service in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal. While running that team, Reuters produced several data-driven, award-winning projects, including a series documenting how a small group of lawyers influences the cases heard by the US Supreme Court, skewing its docket toward corporate and business interests. The Reuters team was also the first news organization to examine raw data from coastal tidal gauges, documenting how an unprecedented rise in sea levels is already a crisis. In 2016, he created the largest presidential tracking poll every attempted, with about 300,000 voters surveyed during the last three months of last year’s campaign. Earlier in his career, he developed a system for mapping hurricanes’ predicted wind fields which he used to gauge the value of property and number of people at risk from storms. This was years before the National Hurricane Center or other weather services started offering similar data. He is an avid sailor who lives on his 54-foot cutter-rigged ketch, Zennora.
Tegan Wendland Tegan Wendland reports on the gulf coast for the NPR station in New Orleans, WWNO-FM. She got her start in radio as an undergrad at a small Wisconsin Public Radio bureau on the shores of Lake Superior. After working at several stations in the Midwest, she was hired as a reporter/host at WRKF in Baton Rouge, where she fell in love with the south and became fixated on Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis. She went back to Wisconsin to get an MS in science communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison and then returned to Louisiana to work as coastal reporter at WWNO. Her recent stories have highlighted the lack of federal assistance for relocation efforts, how land loss impacts culture and history, and the business and economics of restoration. In 2015 she flew to Paris to cover climate talks and their impact on Louisiana.
Daniel Woolfolk Daniel Woolfolk is a multimedia journalist at Sightline Media Group, the parent company of various national security outlets such as Military Times and Defense News TV. He is based in Washington, D.C., and regularly produces video packages across the United States and abroad and, now with his Federal Aviation Administration certificate, from the skies with his drone. Woolfolk is a retired sergeant of the U.S. Army. As a student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he was a Pulitzer-Moore Fellow and an intern at The New York Times. He studied German and Arabic at Arizona State University and is fluent in Spanish.







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