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  • 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.”

  • Alda All-Stars: Lyl Tomlinson

    Lyl Tomlinson first received Alda Center training in improvisational theater techniques in spring 2014 as a Biology Teaching Assistant. Since then, he helped launch the Alda Center’s Science Unplugged program, in which Stony Brook graduate students visit local high schools and libraries to practice talking about their research. 

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Honors Alan Alda with Double Helix Medal

    On December 1, 2016, renowned actor, writer and science communication advocate Alan Alda was honored with the Double Helix Medal presented by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Alda was recognized for his efforts to help scientists and medical professionals improve the way they communicate about their work, in turn making science and medicine more accessible to the public.

  • Communication Between Research and Patient Care Leads to New Treatments at Robarts Research Institute

    Alan Alda recently joined Canada-based researchers Rachel Eddy and Dr. Anurag Bhalla for a tour of the pulmonary assessment lab at Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario. In observing cutting-edge lung imaging research that helps patients with chronic lung disease, Alda was delighted to find that communication across disciplines has led to a significant advance in patient treatment methods.

  • Five Questions with... Alan Alda

    Stony Brook University has launched a series of video interviews with leaders from every field to share ambitious ideas and imaginative solutions for education and the global future. Our very own Alan Alda is featured as one of the interviewees, speaking about his college experience, key mentors and his work in improving science communication. 

  • Kavli Conversations: Surviving the Extinction Crisis

    Watch a conversation about extinction with Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Duke University conservation ecologist Stuart Pimm. Elizabeth Kolbert is the bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and a staff writer at the The New Yorker. The Alda Center is a proud partner in bringing you this recorded broadcast.