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Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge asks: ‘What is sleep?’

By: Daniel Dunaief
Times Beacon Record
December 3, 2014

When he was writing, directing and acting in the popular TV show “M*A*S*H,” Alan Alda was sometimes sleep deprived. Alda, who played Hawkeye Pierce, would lie down on the floor while discussing script ideas. Continue reading

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Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ For 2015: What is Sleep?

This year’s contest offers a new cash prize for scientists who can explain complex science in a way that will awaken the interest of thousands of 11-year-olds. STONY BROOK, NY, DECEMBER 2, 2014 Continue reading

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Actor Alan Alda advises AAMC attendees on how to talk about medical science

By: Andis Robeznieks Modern Healthcare November 8, 2014 The public is “on a blind date” with science and medicine, said actor Alan Alda. The two sides don’t know each other very well and they’re still deciding whether they trust and … Continue reading

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New Alda-Kavli Science Blog

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The Alda Center is partnering with The Kavli Foundation, three top journalists, and a dozen talented researchers from around the world to produce a new science blog, Curious Stardust.  (For an explanation of that curious title, see the first post here.) … Continue reading

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What We’ve Been Up To

We’ve had a busy few months here at the Alda Center – training scientists from New Hampshire to Hong Kong! Our instructors have traveled around the world (literally) to teach scientists how to communicate about their work in clear, concise … Continue reading

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Available Fall 2014 Courses

It’s not too late sign up for classes with the Communicating Center for Science this semester! We offer a variety of courses on both the graduate and undergraduate level, on using and communicating through the media. The aim of the … Continue reading

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Alda Center participant places second in international science communication contest

Lyl Tomlinson, a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, traveled to England last week where he won second place in the International Famelab competition, a contest that challenges young scientists to talk about their research engagingly for a … Continue reading

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Alda Center student creates Flame Challenge video

Kyle Marian Viterbo is a graduate student in anthropology who has taken several of our Communicating Science courses, and worked on some of our Science on Tap web-shows. She is also a member of the Science Unplugged program. She has … Continue reading

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Flame Challenge Honorable mentions

The Flame Challenge this year received hundreds of applicants from across the globe. While our 11-year-old student judges narrowed the entries down to three written and three visual finalists, there were some entries we just couldn’t ignore. Our honorable mentions … Continue reading

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Students from around the world tune in for the World Wide Assembly

Over 1,000 people from around the globe tuned on Wednesday, April 30 to see Alan Alda discuss our Flame Challenge “What is Color?” finalists with student judges. The 11-year-old student judges reviewed our three video and three written finalists with … Continue reading

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Alda Center’s Christine O’Connell blogs about shark tagging in the Bahamas

Dr. Christine O’Connell, the workshop coordinator for The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, is taking part in a research expedition in the Bahamian Shark Sanctuary. The team, led by Dr. Demian Chapman, an assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s … Continue reading

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Science on Tap host, Steven Reiner, to moderate a Tweet-Up

Science on Tap host, Steven Reiner, will moderate a Tweet-up #IndyAtSBU to honor the 3 amazing conservationists and Indianapolis Prize Winners (one of them being Alda Center co-chair, Carl Safina!) Meet and Tweet with Three Wildlife Conservation Heroes Conservationists Russell … Continue reading

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Alda Center Participant named US National FameLab Champion

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The Alda Center talks improv with Al Jazeera America

“There’s some idea in my head, and I want to transmit it to someone else’s head in such a way that they know it exactly the same way I do. If you’re going to do that, you have to be … Continue reading

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Science on Tap asks “What do You Remember?”

Nancy Franklin, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, who specializes in eyewitness memory and identification, is the featured speaker for the next “Science on Tap,” a series of informal chats about scientific topics designed … Continue reading

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Flame Challenge receives entries from around the world

Over 400 scientists from around the world submitted their responses by the March 1 deadline to this year’s Flame Challenge. We received written, video and graphic entries from 14 different countries including Syria, Australia, Greece and Liberia. Packets of entries … Continue reading

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Alan Alda talks The Flame Challenge on BBC Newsnight

Alan Alda appeared on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, Feb. 19 to talk about this year’s Flame Challenge and science communication in general. Alda described why science it’s important for everyone to understand science and how scientists can make that happen. … Continue reading

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Alda Center’s O’Connell to take part in plenary discussion “Why aren’t they listening?” at 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting

The plenary session will be moderated by Richard Harris, veteran science correspondent for NPR, and take place during the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (sponsored by ASLO, AGU, and TOS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10:30am. Panelists Ed Maibach, … Continue reading

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Alda Center Students: PBS NewsHour Seeking Basic Researchers

The PBS NewsHour wants to know more about why students or postdocs who are focusing on basic research have made that decision. They are looking for short videos on Vine, Instagram video, or 1-minute Youtube video. The deadline is March … Continue reading

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Alan Alda joined host, Ira Flatow, on Science Friday

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Alan Alda joined host, Ira Flatow, on Science Friday to talk about The Flame Challenge. You can listen to the clip here.

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