Knight Center seminar on 'The Human Brain'


Fellowships for journalists

The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism is offering fellowships to journalists for this in-depth seminar on brain science and health. Speakers will be experts from top research institutions, government, business and the media. You'll gain valuable sources and engage in thought-provoking discussions with other reporters, editors and opinion writers from around the country.

Knight Center fellowships cover all seminar costs, including reference materials, hotel lodging, meals and a travel subsidy. The travel subsidy is a reimbursement of half the cost of travel up to a maximum subsidy of $300.

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15.


Keynote speaker

  • Rick Weiss, science reporter, The Washington Post

    Overview, The Brain Then and Now

  • Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director, National Institute of Mental Health

    Understanding Emotions

  • C. Sue Carter, professor of psychiatry, co-director of the Brain-Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Thoughts Into Actions

  • Philip R. Kennedy, M.D., chief scientist, Neural Signals, Inc.

    Neuroeconomics, Business Strategies and Decision-Making

  • Paul Zak, associate professor and co-chair, department of economics, Claremont Graduate University
  • Justine Meaux, strategist and research scientist, BrightHouse Neurostrategies Group

    Neuroscience and Moral Judgement

  • William Casebeer, associate professor of philosophy, U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Elliott Hirschman, chair, department of psychology, George Washington University
  • David Huber, assistant professor, department of psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science program, University of Maryland

    Other Possible Topics

  • Spectrum Disorders, From Shyness to Autism
  • Today's Technology Meets Gray Matter
  • Depression - Causes and Treatments
  • Addictions
  • Alzheimers
  • Back to the Newsroom

    The Knight Center is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and is a professional program of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Participants stay in a hotel on the University of Maryland campus, located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must work for independent news organizations.

    To apply, send three copies of each of the following materials, organized into sets:

  • A resume, including how to contact you at work: telephone, email and mailing address
  • A statement of up to 500 words giving the reasons for applying
  • A supervisor's strong nominating letter that also agrees to pay partial travel costs to and from the seminar and salary during the seminar (freelancers send a letter of recommendation from an editor)
  • Three published articles (Editors may send edited work, broadcasters send one CD, audiotape or VHS videotape)

    Applications must be received by the September 15 deadline

    Send application materials to:

    Carol Horner, Director
    Knight Center for Specialized Journalism
    University of Maryland
    1117 Cole Field House
    College Park, MD 20742-1024

    Contact the Knight Center at 301-405-4817, or e-mail us at [email protected]

    More information on the Center is available online:

    Peggy DeBona
    Assistant Director Knight Center for Specialized Journalism University of Maryland
    1117 Cole Field House
    College Park, MD 20742-1024

    Peggy's direct telephone 301-405-0441
    Main Knight Center telephone 301-405-4817 fax 301-314-1449

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