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Special Panel Discussion at IAGLR '99

Hello fellow Great Lakers,

For those of you attending the IAGLR '99 conference at Case Western Reserve University the end of this month, I encourage you to attend the following panel discussion.

Information about IAGLR can be found at: http://www.iaglr.org/

You are Invited to Attend a Special Panel Discussion at IAGLR '99

The IAGLR '99 conference is pleased to offer a special panel discussion on Getting it Right: Communicating Science to the Media. The session will be held on Thursday, May 27, 1999 from 3 to 5 p.m., in room 301 of the Rockefeller building on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Communicators Network, this interactive session will feature four panelists from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists will share their views on the challenges faced by media members and scientists when they interact on the reporting of a scientific issue. Session attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this lively discussion!


Susan Davies has been a television reporter with WEWS-TV NewsChannel 5 (Cleveland) since 1995, and covers primarily environmental and science issues. Before coming to NewsChannel 5, an ABC affiliate, Davies was a weather anchor and reporter in Pittsburgh, PA and a news anchor and general assignment reporter in Syracuse, NY. Prior to these positions, Davies was a Bureau Chief in Green Bay, WI. She is also a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

While working as a reporter in Pittsburgh, Davies attended Duquesne University and completed the course work for a master's degree in Environmental Science and Management. In an unusual move, Cleveland's ABC affiliate specifically sought and hired a weathercaster-
reporter with a background in environmental reporting. No other Cleveland TV station has made such a commitment.
Davies' outstanding reporting has been rewarded with various Associated Press awards. She has also filled in as the guest weather anchor on Good Morning America.

Dr. Rosanne Fortner has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1978. As a professor of environmental communications and science education, she teaches communication skills for natural resource managers, as well as science methods courses for teachers. Fortner also coordinates the Ohio Sea Grant Education and Earth Systems Education programs through her position at Ohio State.

Fortner's research focuses on the sources, content, and impact of science messages presented through formal and non-formal educational media. She has studied the impacts of radio PSAs, television news and documentaries, innovative curriculum materials, museum programs, and an environmental magazine. Equally important is her research into how much people know about environmental issues, where they get their marine and Great Lakes information, and how willing they are to act on certain issues.
Fortner earned her Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She recently returned from the Republic of Cyprus where she served for five months as a Senior Fulbright Scholar.

Mike Magner has been a Washington reporter for 12 years for the eight Booth Newspapers in Michigan owned by Newhouse Newspapers. The papers include the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen-Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, and the Saginaw News.

Among his beats in Washington, Magner covers environmental and economic issues affecting Michigan. He has written extensively on Great Lakes water quality, cleanup efforts, research funding, exotic species, and other issues. He also covers business, transportation, urban issues, and the congressional delegation for the Michigan papers. Before joining the Washington bureau in 1987, Magner worked for 10 years at the Kalamazoo Gazette. He is a native of South Bend, IN and a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ellen Prager has spent the last two decades immersed, often literally, in marine science research and education. She began her career in marine science as a safety diver and research assistant in St. Croix, USVI. Since that time she has participated in numerous research expeditions to places such as the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, and the deep waters of the Florida Reef tract.
Since obtaining her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Prager taught at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA; served as the resident director of a National Undersea Research Center marine laboratory on Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas; and worked at the U.S. Geological Survey where she split her time between scientific research and public education.

Prager has recently left the USGS to focus on bringing ocean science to the public. She has hosted broadcasts for Project Oceanography, a program televised nationally within schools, written commentary for international journals, and advised journalists on marine-related topics. Prager has a wide range of experience in communicating scientific issues to the media.

Moderator: Dr. Gail Krantzberg, IAGLR past president; Chair of the Science Advisory Committee.

The following people coordinated this panel discussion:

Jennifer Day, International Joint Commission
Marc Gaden, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Debbie Katterheinrich, Ohio Lake Erie Office
Gail Krantzberg, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy
Christine Manninen, Great Lakes Commission
Karen Ricker, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Lara Slee, Great Lakes Commission
Julie Wagemakers, Great Lakes Commission

For more information about this panel discussion, contact Karen Ricker at ricker.15@osu.edu

Karen T. Ricker
Assistant Director and Communications Coordinator
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
The Ohio State University
1541 Research Center
1314 Kinnear Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212-1194
tel: (614)292-8949; fax: (614)292-4364; email: ricker.15@osu.edu