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Four top environmental journalists to speak at Michigan State
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Four top environmental journalists
to speak at Michigan State University this spring
Four of America's leading environmental journalists will speak this
semester at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan as part of
the Environmental Journalism Program's spring 1999 lecture series.
Among the speakers will be two Pulitzer Prize winners; an
award-winning reporter for The Los Angeles Times; and the winner of a
MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" who wrote one of the best-selling
environmental books of all time.
The public is invited to attend all four lectures. There is no charge.
The series will begin Feb. 15 when Mark Schleifstein, who won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for a series of articles in the New Orleans
Times-Picayune about the collapse of the world's fisheries, will speak at 4
p.m. in room 145 of the Communication Arts Building.
On Monday, March 15 Marla Cone, an environmental writer for The Los
Angeles Times, will speak at 2 p.m. in room 145 of the Communication Arts
Building. Ms. Cone is a two-time winner of the prestigious Edward J.
Meeman Award for environmental writing.
On Friday, March 19 Donella (Dana) H. Meadows, the co-author of
"The Limits to Growth," a classic environmental book that has sold more
than 9 million copies since it was published in 1972, will speak at 10:30
a.m. in room 147 of the Communication Arts Building and a 2 p.m. in the
Kiva in Erickson Hall.
Meadows is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a
syndicated environmental columnist and a Dartmouth College professor.
On Monday, April 19 Gary Cohn, who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for
the Baltimore Sun for a series about environmental and health problems
caused by dismantling military vessels, will speak at 4 p.m. in room 145 of
the Communication Arts Building.
"I'm delighted that journalists of the caliber of Mark, Dana, Marla
and Gary have all agreed to come to MSU this spring," said Jim Detjen,
Knight Professor and the director of MSU's Environmental Journalism
Program. "These individuals have made an important difference through the
power of their reporting and writing."
All four speakers are sponsored by MSU's Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism. Ms. Meadows' visit is also
sponsored by a variety of departments on campus including the Institute of
Environmental Toxicology, the Residential Initiative for the Study of the
Environment (RISE) and the Vice President for Research and Graduate
Schleifstein was one of three reporters and a photographers who in
1995 and 1996 conducted a 13-month investigation of the future of the
world's fisheries. The reporting resulted in an eight-day, 56-page series
entitled "Oceans of Trouble: Are the World's Fisheries Doomed?"
The series won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the 1997
Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional
Journalists and was a finalist for the Edward J. Meeman Award for
Environmental Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation.
More recently, Schleifstein was part of a team of three reporters
and two photographers who in 1997 and 1998 conducted a year-long
investigation into the effects of the Formosan termite and other introduced
species on New Orleans and other parts of the United States. The five-day,
48-page series, entitled "Home Wreckers: How the Formosan termite is
devastating New Orleans," was published in June 1998.
The series won first place in the 1998 national science-writing
contest of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Schleifstein has also won major journalism awards for
investigations of hazardous wastes in Louisiana in 1991 and Louisiana
Governor Edwin Edwards' influence in Louisiana's gambling industry in 1994.
Schleifstein joined the staff of The Times-Picayune in 1984. From
1979 to 1984 he worked at the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger where he won
national awards for a series about environmental abuses of Browning-Ferris
He has worked for the Suffolk, Va. News-Herald in 1975 to 1976 and
at the Norfolk, Va. Virginian-Pilot from 1976 to 1979. He graduated from
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor of arts
degree in journalism.
Cone has worked as a journalist since 1970 and has covered
environmental issues since 1985. She joined the staff of The Los Angeles
Times in 1990 after writing for the Orange County Register in California
and Florida today. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a
bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.
Cone won the Meeman Award in 1983 and 1994 and has received honorable
mentions three years in a row from the Oakes Award for Distinguished
She received the first teaching fellowship in environmental
journalism at the University of California at Berkeley where she is
currently teaching graduate students about covering marine issues. She has
served on the board of directors of the society of Environmental
Journalists for six years and chaired the group's national convention in
Her reporting has focused on the health and ecological effects of
pollution. Among the projects she has worked on are series that have
examined the lingering ecological damage from the pesticide DDT, the spread
of toxic algae and the impact chemical pollutants have had on reproduction
and the immune system.
Meadows is a systems analyst, journalist, college professor,
international coordinator of resource management institutions and a farmer.
She was originally trained as a scientist, earning a bachelor's degree from
Carleton College in 1963 and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University
She was part of a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1972 that produced a global computer model that analyzed world trends
affecting the environment. That model forecast that population and
industrial growth rates were unsustainable and would lead to environmental
catastrophe during the next century.
She was the principle author of the book, "Limits to Growth," which
detailed the computer model's predictions. The book sold 9 million copies
and was published in 28 languages. It is widely credited with playing an
important role in awakening the public to serious global environmental
Since then she has been involved in numerous studies of social,
environmental, energy and agriculture systems.
In 1985 she began writing a weekly newspaper column, "The Global
Citizen," which comments upon world events from a systems point of view.
The column won the Walter C. Paine Science Education Award in 1990 and
second place in the 1985 Champion-Tuck national competition for outstanding
business and economics writing.
Selected columns by Meadows appear in a book called, "The Global
Citizen," which was published in 1991 by Island Press.
During 1988 to 1990 she worked with television producers at WGBH-TV
in Boston to develop a 10-part Public Broadcasting Service series called
"Race to Save the Planet." She is currently writing a college textbook to
accompany the programs as part of an Annenberg/CPB telecourse.
In 1991 she was selected as one of 10 Pew Scholars in Conservation
and the Environment. In 1994 she was awarded a five-year MacArthur
Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has
served on the board of directors of the Hunger Project, the Winrock
International Livestock Research Center, the Trust for New Hampshire Lands
and the Upper Valley Land Trust.
She has taught environmental journalism and environmental studies
at Dartmouth College since 1972.
She has also been a visiting scholar at the East-West Center in
Honolulu, the Resource Policy Group in Oslo, Norway, the International
Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna and the Environmental
Systems Analyst Group of the University of Kassel in Germany.
Meadows has lived for the past 25 years on a small, communal,
organic farm in New Hampshire where she works on sustainable resource
management directly. Currently, she is organizing a new, larger organic
farm, eco-village and research center that will be called the
Sustainability Institute in Hartland Four Corners, Vermont.
Cohn, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been a journalist for more
than 20 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and political
science at the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a year
of law school at the University of California at Berkeley.
He took a year's leave of absence to work as a reporter and decided
he liked journalism too much to ever go back to law school.
Cohn has worked for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C., at
the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, The Wall Street Journal, The
Philadelphia Inquirer and since 1993 at the Baltimore Sun.
He has reported and written investigative articles in issues
ranging from corruption inside Philadelphia's largest municipal union to
the inability of police to overcome language barriers and solve crimes
involving Hispanic farm workers.
In 1997 he co-authored a three-part series for The Sun detailing
the harm caused to workers and the environment when obsolete ships are
dismantled. This series, "entitled "The Shipbreakers," won the 1998
Pulitzer prize for investigative reporting, a George Polk Award, the
Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Selden Ring Award for
Investigative Journalism, an Overseas Press Club of America and Sigma Delta
Chi's first prize for investigative reporting.