Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship 2016

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Few issues are more urgent or complex than removing the roadblocks to a healthy and productive development of young people. To advance public understanding of this critical field of study and to make policy makers aware of highly relevant research, the Zurich-based Jacobs Foundation has created the Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship.

The 2016 Science Writer Fellowship brought four science, society or health policy journalists from the US and UK to Zurich, Switzerland, to enhance their understanding of the work and research of the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize recipient and to connect these journalists with Swiss premier research institutions.

2016 Science Writer Fellows

erikaberas_bw_132x87Erika Beras, Independent Journalist,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA)

Erika Beras is an award-winning journalist. A radio reporter and producer, she’s a regular contributor to public radio programs and Scientific American podcasts. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker.com and on the BBC as well as a slew of other networks and shows. She has reported from around the United States and from Poland, Mexico, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

jessica-hamzelou_bw_132x87Jessica Hamzelou
Reporter, New Scientist
London (United Kingdom)

Jessica Hamzelou is a reporter at New Scientist, a weekly international science magazine. She specialises in biomedicine, covering fertility, genetics, neuroscience and everything in between. In the name of science journalism, Jessica has sequenced her microbiome, taught herself to lucid dream, induced panic attacks, and seen her own eggs on a screen. Jessica has been awarded journalism fellowships by Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She recently received a “30 under 30” award as a “journalist to watch”, and has been shortlisted for awards by the Association of British Science Writers and the Medical Journalists’ Association. Her other achievements include performing at London’s Notting Hill Carnival in the pouring rain, and being a member of the Snooty Fox pub’s champion quiz team.

d-karas_-bw_132x87David Karas
Freelance Journalist
Newark, Delaware (USA)

David Karas is a freelance journalist contributing to several publications on a regular basis. He frequently writes for The Christian Science Monitor, and formerly reported from the magazine’s Washington, DC bureau. He has filed reports from six countries, as well as throughout the United States. His career in journalism began at The Times of Trenton, a New Jersey-based daily newspaper, where he covered local government, crime and breaking news. David earned his master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy and is currently pursuing his PhD in the same field. His area of study focuses on how American cities respond to critical events involving law enforcement.

rachel-pugh_132x87Rachel Pugh
Freelance Journalist
Manchester, (United Kingdom)

Rachel Pugh is multi-award-winning freelance medical journalist based in Manchester with a passion for health and social equality. She writes regularly for The Guardian and has also written for The Independent, the TES and The Telegraph as well as setting up a number of publications for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and for international health companies. Her proudest achievements have resulted from writing about FGM, meningitis C, transgender children, digitisation of health, cervical cancer and initiatives to help young mothers in prison. Alongside her work, she is proud to have combined being a cellist with her love for the mountains (inherited from her Swiss mother), by carrying the instrument to the top of one of the UK’s biggest mountains and giving a mini concert there.

The annual Fellowship, launched in 2015, covers Fellows’ travel and ground costs and includes a five-day program in Zurich from Tuesday, November 29, until Saturday, December 3, 2016. One day will be set aside for individual research and interviews. Fellows are invited to attend the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize ceremony at the University of Zurich on December 2. The 2016 laureate is Orazio P. Attanasio. Click here to read about past prize recipients.

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize rewards high quality scientific work relevant to the study of child and youth development. It is of great importance to the Jacobs Foundation that scientific findings from interdisciplinary research should be applied in practice and understood by the public. The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is endowed with one million Swiss francs (about $1M USD).