Students in the environmental reporting class taught in Costa Rica this summer by Lisa Button are publishing their stories on the EcoChronicle site. Students spent the first four weeks based in Heredia, just north of the capital, at the Universidad Nacional. They went on reporting field trips to the Monteverde cloud forest, Gandoca-Manzanillo on the Caribbean side near the border of Panama, and to Playa Ostional, where they saw Olive Ridley sea turtles laying their eggs. On Aug. 5 the group attended a press conference at the Casa Presidencial in San José. The class spent the last week in the capital at Universidad San Judas Tadeo. The program concluded Aug. 8 with a farewell dinner hosted by the publisher of Tico Times, Jonathan Harris, and his wife. Harris earned his master's degree in geosciences from the UA. Students taking part in the Study Abroad course were: Elizabeth Eaton, Meghan Fernandez, Katelyn Kennon, Michelle Kostuk, Mollie Muchna and Taryn Wright.
The SBS voting faculty has selected Celeste González de Bustamante to serve on the SBS Faculty Advisory Committee. Her three-year term will start in the fall 2014.
Kim Newton and Maggy Zanger took part in a training session with Afghan journalism professors in Instanbul this summer. The 12-day training covered topics such as weaving social media into class assignments, enhancing student media, ethics, website design and public relations. Zanger directs the UA partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, which is supported with a $1 million grant by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. See the UA News story at: http://uaatwork.arizona.edu/lqp/ua-journalism-professors-visit-turkey-help-train-afghan-instructors?utm_source=lqp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_lqp