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.

  • Astrophysicist Mario Livio on the Intersection of Art and Science

    Mario Livio is an astrophysicist and author who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for over two decades. Livio often works at the intersection of art and science, which makes him uniquely qualified to expound upon our place in the universe, both scientifically and philosophically.

  • How Connected Healthcare Technology May Help Doctors and Patients Thrive

    In some cases, physicians can be more focused on the computer screen and documenting details of the patient visit than on observing body language and subtle clues to the patient’s condition. Some hospitals are taking notice and have begun to implement technology solutions that leverage mobile and display technologies to improve patient engagement.

  • Using Art to Illuminate Science

    In 2014, the Tulane program A Studio in the Woods started the ‘Flint and Steel: Cross Disciplinary Combustion’ residency program, which partnered artists with academic scholars. Many of these residencies serve to illustrate that interdisciplinary collaboration can be vital to engaging the arts for science communication. 

  • Should We Embrace Failure In Science More?

    Science is about collaboration and sharing ideas — both the good things, as well as the things that didn’t go to plan. And while there is a tendency not to publish things that don’t work, perhaps we could use conferences, social media, blogs and group meetings to share these findings with our scientific communities, and with the general public too. Let’s make a combined, conscious effort to make science more realistic, and more inclusive in the process.

  • Amy Cuddy to Join Alan Alda for CLEAR + VIVID Live Web Show

    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.

  • Alda All-Stars: Colin West, PhD

    The Alda Center team is proud to recognize the amazing rock star #scicomm skills of Colin West, PhD, a recent graduate of Stony Brook University. Colin left Stony Brook and the Alda Center in June to pursue a new adventure at University of California Santa Cruz, as he secured a coveted post-doc position there in the Physical & Biological Sciences Division.

  • Science Communication and Democracy

    Until a few years ago the term “science communication” would have been misunderstood by most people – including scientists – to mean any communication between scientists. Now countries, universities and research institutions all over the world spend big chunks of their budgets on science communication aimed at external public audiences.