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Bridgewater's Motta Receives Fellowship for McCormick Institute

Dr. Bernardo Motta, an assistant professor of communication studies at Bridgewater College, has received a fellowship to attend the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Shale Gas and Oil Development presented by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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A limited number of journalists and academics working in the United States have been selected to attend a three-day workshop to be held June 22-24 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Participants will gain an overview of shale gas and oil development, discuss policy issues involved with shale development, hear from top legal experts, learn the latest on pipeline safety, learn what is and isn’t known regarding the health and environmental effects of shale development, discuss best practices and tour a fracking facility.

“Being selected for the McCormick Institute is a great honor, as it is a competitive application,” said Motta. “The fellowship will allow me to develop both my reporting and my research on environmental law and journalism. It will provide me with fresh examples of the environmental, legal, social, economic and health impacts of developing shale oil and gas production using controversial techniques such as hydraulic fracturing that I can apply to my classes at Bridgewater.”

Posted 5/13/14

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