UPDATE: Event postponed due to weather. Please join the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in congratulating the finalists for the 2017 Discovery Prize Competition! On Thursday, February 9 at 1:30pm, Stony Brook University scientists will make presentations and take questions about their work with the goal of earning a $200,000 prize to advance their basic science research.
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“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.”
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.
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.
Alda Center at Stony Brook University Calls for Scientists to Enter The Flame Challenge 2017: What is Energy?
After reviewing hundreds of questions submitted by children from around the world, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University has announced the question issued to scientists for The Flame Challenge 2017 – What is Energy?
$3MM NSF Grant Will Fund PhD Student Training in Data Analytics, Visualization and Science Communication
The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has been awarded a five-year $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to support graduate students from the departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, and the schools of Journalism and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
In the inaugural episode of CLEAR + VIVID, a new live web show to launch on Friday, September 16 at Noon Eastern, Alan Alda, actor, writer and science communication pioneer will interview Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor, social psychologist, TED speaker and best-selling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.
In the inaugural episode of CLEAR + VIVID, a new live web show, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism will feature a conversation about accessing “personal power” with Alan Alda and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges and Harvard Business School Associate Professor Amy Cuddy.
Dr. Christine O’Connell, Associate Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, shares tips for connecting with your audience and getting your point across. Working in ocean and environmental science to policy and advocacy, O’Connell saw how the scientists who deeply studied one subject forgot what it was like not to know that subject, hindering their ability to communicate their findings well.
During a trip to Australia this spring to announce a partnership with Australian National University, Alan Alda shared his thoughts on science and why he is so interested in it. The interview was recently released as part of National Science Week, a series of events organized by Inspiring Australia, an initiative developed by the Australian Government to increase engagement and interest in the sciences.