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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. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he earned his B.S. in psychology from Brooklyn College, and later pursued his interests in neuroscience at Downstate Medical Center. He is currently working toward a PhD in neuroscience at Stony Brook University.
Known for his skill in science communication, Lyl won second place in the 2014 International FameLab competition, a contest that challenges young scientists to talk about their research and engage a general audience. The FameLab International finals, held June 5, 2014 at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, UK hosted the winners of FameLab competitions from 23 other countries. The contest is sponsored by NASA, National Geographic, and the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Tomlinson’s final presentation, “A Few Steps to a Better Memory,” mirrored his talk in the US about his dual passions -- running and the brain. In a short three minutes, he described his research showing that mice that run on exercise wheels remember simple tasks better and have more stem cell production than their “couch potato” counterparts. He then fielded several questions from judges about what other types of exercises could be beneficial to memory function, such as swimming and even walking.
Learn more about Lyl's research by watching Alda All-Stars.