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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.