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JEM Graduate Student Wins Major Award


Marlene Taylor, JEM Graduate Student in Science WritingMarlene Taylor, a graduate student in Journalism and Electronic Media specializing in science writing, was honored by the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners at its recent conference in Knoxville.

Taylor proposed a start-up blog that will use multi-media articles to explain the rehabilitation of Beaver Creek in northern Knox County by various people and organizations (including UT researchers).  

Taylor received a $3,000 prize as well as an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to present the results of her proposal.

“This blog is one of my goals,” says Taylor.  “I wanted to write about conservation issues that affect Knoxville and East Tennessee because I think the public deserves and wants to know.”

“The story of Beaver Creek is inspiring because it shows what can be done when residents, business owners, policymakers and others can do when they understand the problems and work together to develop solutions,” she adds.

The area had previously become a victim of pollution and increased urban development.  The articles will highlight the various education and outreach projects aimed at changing how residents view their water resources.

“When I think of Marlene Taylor, it’s almost unfair to call her a student science writer,” said Dr. Mark Littmann, Taylor’s graduate advisor. “In everything she does, she is the utmost professional. There is no journalism challenge too big for Marlene. She will figure out how to do it effectively and efficiently and carry it through to completion with brilliance.”

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners is a unique consortium of more than 110 organizations that collect, interpret and develop applications for Earth observation information. Included in the ESIP network are NASA, NOAA and USGS data centers, research universities, government research laboratories, supercomputing facilities, education resource providers, information technology innovators, nonprofit organizations and commercial enterprises.