Communications Contacts 

MEES faculty and scientists are encouraged to call the Program Office if they believe they have an upcoming publication or other news item that would interest the general public. Several weeks' notice is extremely helpful in preparing material for the press.

Please contact:

Sandy Davis
Assistant Director of MEES Program
(301) 405-6938

Embargo Policy

The MEES Program Office respects the embargo guidelines of all scientific journals. We will consider conversations about the details of an upcoming paper confidential until the journal lifts its embargo and encourages distribution of information about the research. 

Tips on Talking to the Media

Scientists may find the following resources helpful in preparing for conversations with reporters:

1) The SCRIPP'S Research Institutes, News & Views article, "What Journalists Want: Nine Things for Scientists to Think about Before Talking to the Media." (
2) A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists, available from the Union of Concerned Scientists (