CMBC Alumna awarded AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn  (Kate) Furby who was awarded the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. Kate will be spending the summer writing for the Washington Post.

Kate was the first SIO student to receive the PIER specialization degree – Ph.D. in Marine Biology with a Specialization in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research in 2017. Her research focussed on coral recovery and survival. In addition to the required courses to receive this degree, she chose a secondary area of study in the field of science communication.  Since graduation last year, she started a science communication business called Tiny Beaker Media. She works with everyone from biotech companies to park rangers to create science stories and content, including documentary writing, video production, social media campaigns, and research. She is a National Geographic Explorer and is currently making a film about coral reef conservation with Scripps student, Tekateteke Metai.

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit