Two current Marine Conservation and Policy (MCP) students, Katie Flowers and Danica Warns, published a Letter to the Editor in Newsday on November 18th, 2014. The letter can be accessed here.

The letter was written as an exercise for Journalism 501:  Distilling Your Message, which is one of a series of “Communicating Science” courses offered by the School of Journalism in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The courses are designed to teach graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to communicate their work effectively.

Students in the MCP program are encouraged to take these courses as they provide invaluable training in speaking and writing about science. Being able to communicate research in an engaging and effective way is essential in the field of Marine Conservation, and the publication of the Letter to the Editor by Flowers and Warns is an example of how Communicating Science courses are teaching MCP students do just that.