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Alan Alda to Receive Public Welfare Medal – National Academy of Sciences’ Most Prestigious Award

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Original story by the National Academy of Sciences can be found here. Original story published: Jan. 27, 2016. WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to actor, director, writer, and science communicator Alan Alda in recognition … Continue reading

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Improv for scientists: Alan Alda teaches better communication — The Today Show

Featured video can be found on the Today Show here. Reporter: Sheinelle Jones. Original story published: Dec. 29, 2015. The Today Show featured Alda Center Associate Director, Dr. Christine O’Connell, and SBU graduate students, Wendy Hom, Steven Jaret and Colin West, on their … Continue reading

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Scientific American — ‘How to Tell an Engaging Story of Scientific Discovery’ by Valeri Lantz-Gefroh

Stephen Lantz. Photograph courtesy of Valeri Lantz-Gefroh.

By Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, Improvisation Program Director at the Alan Alda Center. The story below is a copy of the original story in Scientific American available here. Original story published: Dec. 10, 2015. Shrouding science communication in distance and jargon is like throwing in the … Continue reading

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The Alan Alda Center in Medicine on the Midway — Fall 2015

By University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division The pages below are from the full issue of Medicine on the Midway — Fall 2015. The full issue is available here. Original issue published in Fall 2015. The Alan Alda Center’s affiliation … Continue reading

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These Science Students Learn to Think on Their Feet — Science Friday

The story below is a copy of the original story here in Science Friday. Original story published: Nov. 27, 2015. Science students at New York’s Stony Brook University have an unusual offering on the class roster: “JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists.” … Continue reading

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(Video) Alan Alda discusses the 2016 Flame Challenge on Canada AM TV news

The original video can be found on Canada AM here. Original video published: Nov. 23, 2015 Alan Alda discusses on Canada AM the resounding question for the 2016 Flame Challenge, “What is Sound?” Scientists interested in answering the question, and teachers … Continue reading

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Clear Science Education, as Judged by 11-Year-Olds — The Wall Street Journal

By Ron Winslow. The story below is a copy of the original story here in The Wall Street Journal. Original story published: Nov. 6, 2015. Alan Alda helped create a contest that pushes scientists to inspire young people, not lose them with … Continue reading

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Alan Alda issues latest science challenge: What is sound? — The AP

By The AP. The story below is a copy of the original story here in The AP. Original story published: Nov. 2, 2015. STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Alan Alda says he’s “all ears” for scientists to answer a question for … Continue reading

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The Alan Alda Center helps 2015 iBiology Young Scientist Series winners’ science communication

Congratulations to the five winners of the 2015 iBiology Young Scientist Series. In addition to winning the contest, the participants were flown to the Alan Alda Center for two days of training in our communications methods. They participated in workshops … Continue reading

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Acting classes give scientists tools to pitch their work — The Boston Globe

From left, Boston University scientists Azer Bestavros, Mark Grinstaff and Xin Zhang during an improvisational training session. Photo credit: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe staff.

By Tracy Jan. The story below is a copy of the original story in The Boston Globe available here. Original story published: Oct. 20, 2015. The men and women stared intently into their partner’s eyes, slowly stretching their arms and bending to the side, … Continue reading

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They won a Nobel for what? Why good science communication counts — The Conversation

Young scientists at Stony Brook University are including communication courses in their training. Dan Levitan, CC BY-ND

By Elizabeth Bass Original story can be found on The Conversation here. Original story published: Oct. 7, 2015 When I was a newspaper science editor, I approached Nobel Prize season with mixed glee and anxiety. Glee, because I knew that, without … Continue reading

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Discovering a Common Language with Alan Alda — The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine

By Kellie M. Walsh, freelance writer, web producer and content strategist in New Jersey. The story below is a copy of the original story here in The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine. Original story published: October 6, 2015. The actor, writer, and science … Continue reading

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Leadership course aims to develop star communicators at NASA

Christine O'Connell, associate director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, encouraged attendees to frame their communication in the form of a story and explain the direct impact their work has on their audience.
Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

By Joe Atkinson Original story published: Oct. 2, 2015 Credit for the story below goes to Joe Atkinson and the NASA Langley Research Center. Photo credits go to NASA/David C. Bowman. The original version of the story can be seen on NASA’s website … Continue reading

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Alan Alda Center Teaches Scientists to Connect — BU Today

By Barbara Moran Original story can be found on BU Today here. Original story published: Sept. 15, 2015 Anyone who peeked into a ninth floor room at the Photonics Center last Friday would have seen a curious sight: 14 staid scientists, … Continue reading

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RSVP for Sept. 28 Science on Tap presenting “The Science of Big Data”

A scientist walks into a bar, sits down with a former producer of 60 Minutes, orders a beer and talks to a live audience. No punch line here! This is Science on Tap, a live, award-winning show and web series … Continue reading

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Stony Brook University journalism students help explain RIS4E team’s NASA space research in Hawaii

All works below were written and produced by students in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism about research conducted by the RIS4E team, a group of NASA and Stony Brook University researchers. To view the works below in their entirety, visit the Reporting RIS4E website here. … Continue reading

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Science leaders meet in DC for Alda Kavli Leadership workshop

More than 50 leading scientists from the National Science Foundation and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine spent two days practicing clear communication — using improvisation exercises, telling stories and doing video interviews — in an Alda Kavli … Continue reading

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Improv for Scientists: A communication tool

By Steven Jaret RISE4E Labs May 22, 2015 Watch Steven Jaret, a Stony Brook University geosciences graduate student, demonstrating science communication skills he trained with the Alan Alda Center in his Science Unplugged video below. It’s 8:30 am on a … Continue reading

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Alan Alda Announces Winners of Stony Brook University’s Flame Challenge: Scientists Explained Sleep to 11-year-olds

Alan Alda with the winners of the Flame Challenge 2015,  Brandon Aldinger, left, and Eric C. Galicia, right. Photo credit: The World Science Festival.

Chemist from Pennsylvania and Physics Student from Illinois win top honors   STONY BROOK, NY, May 31, 2015 – It’s like a superpower, a TV with static, a brain-cleaning system, a study hall, a practice session for video games. Those … Continue reading

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Stony Brook University Celebrates NASA FameLab Regional Winners

Colin West, center, a PhD Candidate in the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, won the Regional Heat #3 FameLab competition at Stony Brook University on April 17. He is sitting in between SBU Geosciences graduate student, Steven Jaret, and Geosciences PhD candidate, Jesse John. These two “Wild Card” contestants may get a chance to participate in the National Contest on April 2016 with West.

STONY BROOK, NY, WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2015 – The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Graduate Student Organization hosted a regional heat of the NASA FameLab Competition on April 16 and 17, 2015 at the Wang Center at … Continue reading

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