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.

  • Google Hosts Alda Center Associate Director for #SciComm Talk

    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.

  • Why Is Alan Alda So Interested in Science?

    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.

  • The Case to "Ban Jargon!"

    We are proud to share Alda Center Instructor Roxanne Kahmsi’s recent opinion piece in The Week, which makes the “life and death” case for banning jargon. In addition to sharing the story of a patient who died as a result of “jargon abuse” by a physician, Kahmsi focuses on practical advice (and sincere motivation) for using simple language when communicating complex topics.  What's the worst use of jargon that you've ever experienced? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • The Power of Conversation to Communicate Science

    As part of COMPASS, writer Nancy Barron joined Dr. Dietram Scheufele, a communication expert at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on the public and political interfaces of emerging science in advance of his keynote address at the 2016 North American Congress for Conservation Biology: Communicating Science for Conservation Action (NACCB). 

  • M*A*S*H Star Backs Forensic Science Centre in Scotland

    M*A*S*H actor Alan Alda has given his support to Dundee University's new £10m forensic science research centre in a video message. The Alan Alda Center is an international partner of the Leverhulme Centre, which was officially launched by the Queen on Wednesday. The actor has worked to broaden public understanding of science. 

  • Science On Tap: Green Chemistry

    John Warner is the founder of the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry. In conversation with Steven Reiner, he explains how Green Chemistry – making products that are non-toxic and environmentally safe – is inspired by the chemistry of nature. In 2014 he received the Perkin Medal, the highest honor in American industrial chemistry.

  • Science On Tap: Back to the Stone Age

    Hosted by Journalism School professor and 60 Minutes alumnus Steven Reiner with guest scientist, John Shea, a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University and world expert in Stone Age hi-tech weaponry. 

  • Science On Tap: In the Beginning...

    As a boy growing up in the mountains near Portland, Oregon, Paul Sorensen would look up into the night sky and wonder where all those thousands upon thousands of stars came from. Using the atom smasher at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Sorensen and his colleagues create fireballs of matter that exist for only an instant – but that mimic the instant the universe was born 13.5 billion years ago.