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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Journalism, Pandemic, Science on Friday Sept. 18

Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann on 09/17/20 

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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Journalism, Pandemic, Science

Friday, September 18 
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)



Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College

Kate Sheppard '06, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost

Dr. Daniel Carrion, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Mount Sinai

Allison Frisch, Assistant Professor, Journalism, Ithaca College

Moderated by Dr. Brooks Miner, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ithaca College 

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty, alumni, and community experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on journalism and science around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.


Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College

Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted for the screen in 2010. As both book and documentary film, Living Downstream has won praise from international media. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rolling Stone, Outside Magazine, on National Public Radio, CBS News, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Bill Moyers & Company.” A contributing essayist and editor for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Kate Sheppard '06
Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost

Kate Sheppard is a senior enterprise editor at HuffPost, managing the economy and environment team. She is based in North Carolina, and previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her reporting has been recognized with awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Online News Association and the Deadline Club, and featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is also a teaching associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Daniel Carrion ‘08
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Mount Sinai

Dr. Daniel Carrión is an environmental health scientist focusing on energy, health, and inequalities. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he is exploring ambient environmental exposure disparities and conducting downstream epidemiological analyses for adverse birth outcomes. He is particularly interested in disparities in adaptive capacity to climate change. Dr. Carrión is an appointed member of New York State’s Minority Health Council, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. He holds a BA from Ithaca College, an MPH from New York Medical College, and a PhD from Columbia University.

Allison Frisch
Assistant Professor, Journalism @Ithaca College

Allison Frisch is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Documentary Studies at Ithaca College. Frisch is an award-winning journalist who worked for two decades in the New York Finger Lakes region o and in York, Pennsylvania. She worked as a multimedia journalist and managing, regional, and executive editor. She has been honored for feature writing, investigative reporting, and digital innovation. Her experience includes enterprising, reporting, writing and editing community public health coverage. She teaches journalism history, focusing on local pandemic coverage; documentary industries; documentary immersion; and journalism innovation. Her research focuses on local media models and sustainability, 19th- and 20th- century periodical culture, and cinematic video journalism. 

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