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Browse this section for Alda Center News, examples of #SCICOMM In Action, and the latest research in science communication. If you have a science communication article or example to share, please contact us.

  • Alan Alda, Stony Brook University and IBM Present The Flame Challenge Worldwide Assembly Live on Facebook Monday, April 24, 2017 at Noon EDT

    On Monday, April 24, 2017 at Noon EDT, Alan Alda will join a web conference with a select group of fifth and sixth grade students worldwide to discuss the finalist entries to The Flame Challenge, a contest with the aim of encouraging scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to communicate more effectively with the public. The live web broadcast, known as the Worldwide Assembly, can be viewed on the Stony Brook University Facebook page and at www.flamechallenge.org. Viewers worldwide can enjoy the conversation and make their own comments on the Facebook live stream or by tagging @flamechallenge and #whatisenergy on Twitter.

  • Fall 2017 Communicating Science Courses Enrolling Now

    Communicating Science graduate courses are open to masters and PhD students in STEM disciplines. Tuition is covered for PhD students (fall or spring semesters) if they are currently supported full time by their program (TA/GA/RA or Fellow) and have a full Graduate Tuition Scholarship. Enrollment in the course requires pre-approval from your Graduate Program Director. Masters students can also enroll and pay tuition as normal.

  • Science Unplugged: Wendy Hom's Quest for a Better Band-Aid

    Stony Brook University graduate student and new mom, Wendy Hom, works with jello-like substances called a hydro-gels (i.e., a gel made up of water) to develop a new way of delivering medicine to skin wounds such as burns... it's essentially a better band-aid! Learn more about Wendy's research by watching this episode of Science Unplugged.

  • Career Opportunity: Alda Center Seeks 10-Month Lecturer with Theater Experience

    The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is seeking a 10-month Lecturer. The ideal candidate will have a special expertise in theater or improvisation training, experience working with scientists and medical students/professionals in improvisation, and an understanding of the cultures of science and medicine. Please apply by April 18, 2017.

  • Why Research for the Pure Sake of Knowing is Enough

    Biologist Sheila Patek has faced criticism for her research on mantis shrimp and trap-jaw ants. In recent months, members of Congress have called her studies a waste of taxpayer money. Tonight, she explains how dismissing her work misses the aim of scientific research and discovery.

  • Scientists Increasingly Speak Out

    “I think we're entering into an era where scientists are concerned it's not enough to speak the truth about what's happening, for example, with climate change...” said Laura Lindenfeld, director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. “I think people are drawn to us because we can help teach them different ways to convey that same information that is grounded in scientific truth.”