‘Science of Grief’ Podcast Named Best Use of New Media of 2021 by Michigan Association of Broadcasters – [email protected]

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters named the Grieving science podcast the winner of Better use of new media award for Public Radio Group 2 at its Broadcast Excellence Awards 2021 ceremony on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Grieving science podcast is a collaboration between WDET-FM, Detroit’s NPR station and the MSU Science Gallery. the Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Program annually recognizes outstanding achievement by Michigan commercial and public television and radio stations.

“It’s a great honor for everyone who worked so hard on this project,” said David Leins, podcast producer at WDET. “The award enabled WDET to win Station of the Year. But more importantly, it shows that the stigma surrounding mental health and grief is changing for the better.

Grieving science is a 10-episode podcast that empowers young adults to share stories, science, and solutions for those grieving and exploring their mental health for the first time. Hosted by acclaimed poet and MSU Science Gallery Community Engagement Manager Natasha T. Miller, and featuring a production team that includes six Science Gallery mediators ages 18-24 as producers, the Grieving science podcast brings the voices and stories of young adults to the fore. to listen Grieving science podcast here.

“Through this podcast, I learned the power of conversation, active listening and how to organize a story to reflect the essence of the emotions and experiences that were shared with me,” said Patrick Vaughan, mediator from the MSU Science Gallery. “I would like to thank everyone I interviewed for their vulnerability, their openness and for having the courage to share their stories with me.”

“During my experience working on the Grieving science podcast, I have met some of the most resilient people who have faced and overcome incredible adversity, explained MSU Science Gallery mediator Shanmin Sultana. Through their stories, I have developed a better understanding of grief, mental health, and the strategies we can use to deal with loss when it strikes.

Creation of the Grieving science The podcast was made possible with the generous support of the Children’s Foundation of Michigan, MSUFCU, and Science Sandbox.


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Michigan State University Museum

The MSU Museum is Michigan State University’s museum of science and culture and the state’s first Smithsonian affiliate. The museum presents three floors of special collections and temporary exhibitions. The museum is located at 409 West Circle Drive next to the Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Visitor parking is available in metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp, one block away at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or visit museum.msu.edu.

Science Gallery

Founded in 2018, Michigan State University’s Science Gallery works with young adults to spark creativity and discovery at the intersections of science, technology, art, and design. Science Gallery is our country’s first member of the prestigious international network of science galleries. The university-linked network of science galleries consists of eight locations around the world: Dublin, London, Bangalore, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Detroit, Atlanta and Berlin. In 2021, Science Gallery became a programmatic division of the MSU Museum aimed at experimentation and innovation at the intersection of science and art.

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