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Amundsen - Emily Chung

Emily Chung
Canadian Broad Casting

Amundsen trip: March 6 to March 13, 2008.

Emily Chung,'s regional journalist for Ottawa, is spending seven days on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen

Read her articles related to the Amundsen trip on website

or her notes on the Artic Climate Change website

(photos: Emily Chung/CBC)



Application essay:

A friendly tip to fill a berth on a ship

Why invite me aboard the Amundsen?

· Because the Arctic has inspired memorable tales and writings and I want to be inspired.

· Because I'm an award-winning journalist with a Ph.D. In chemistry, well-equipped to understand and explain both the science of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead system study and its context.

· Because I write articles full-time for the Canadian online news site, The web holds unique possibilities for coverage of the issues being researched on the Amundsen and reaches many people who don’t consume traditional media at all, including many science and technology junkies.

· Because climate change has the greatest relevance to young people, and I’m a regular contributor to YES Mag, a Canadian kids’ science magazine.

· Because I’m not afraid of molecules, models or math. Let’s face it – many journalists will be tempted to focus on the polar bears, and skip the gas and carbon fluxes, contaminant analysis and modelling. I’m confident I can dig into those topics and come up with stories the public will find interesting, eye-opening and relevant.

· Because this would fulfill two of my dreams: 1) going up north and 2) riding a research ship. The first stems from my interest in Inuit communities and the knowledge that has allowed them to develop a rich culture in a harsh environment, which I would love to learn more about. The second is an odd one, I admit, but I blame it on my former roommate, a chemical oceanographer.

· Because I’m good company – friendly, curious, easy to laugh with (or at, if you prefer). I’m also adaptable and resistant to cold, for what that’s worth.

There are bright things done on the Amundsen
By scientists undaunted by cold.
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That revealed, should be retold
By keen, smart scribes, who’ll share far and wide
What’s learned on the icy sea:
Marks of human acts lie in the water, ice, sky --
Read through physics, bio, chemistry.

(A modest tribute to Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee)