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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

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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Reminders for Flame Challenge Student Judges

As a reminder for the hundreds of 11-year-olds worldwide judging scientists’ answers to the  2015 Flame Challenge question “What is sleep?,” the deadline to submit your scores is Wednesday, April 15. Click here to download the Student Judge’s form. Teachers can submit … Continue reading

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TV’s Alan Alda to talk about science at UVM — Burlington Free Press

By Free Press Staff Burlington Free Press January 22, 2015 Television actor Alan Alda will appear at the University of Vermont next month to talk on the topic “Helping the Public Get Beyond a Blind Date with Science.” Known for … Continue reading

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Alda, Krauss explore science and art during ASU Origins event — Arizona State University News

By Joe Caspermeyer Arizona State University News January 16, 2015 On stage before a packed house at the Orpheum Theatre, multi-Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated screen legend Alan Alda and ASU Origins Project director and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss held a revelatory, passionate … Continue reading

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A Blind Date with Science — UC San Diego News Center

By Kim McDonald UC San Diego News Center January 15, 2015 Photos courtesy of Erik Jepsen and UC San Diego Publications. M*A*S*H actor Alan Alda shows scientists on campus a better way to communicate with the public We’ve all seen … Continue reading

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Jargon is Jibberish: Alan Alda’s 10 Commandments of Science Communication — Leah Cannon

By Leah Cannon Leahcanscience blog January 12, 2015 Jargon is Jibberish: Alan Alda’s 10 Commandments of Science Communication I’m going to take a break from science this week to talk about writing and communication because I was lucky enough to hear … Continue reading

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“What College Professors Can Learn From Alan Alda” — TIME

By Jon Marcus TIME January 8, 2015 The actor has long sought to make scholars better communicators, and more schools are starting to get on board. It may not be entirely surprising, in the rarefied confines of the Harvard Graduate School … Continue reading

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“Science, in the Words of Alan Alda” — The Atlantic

By Jessica Lahey The Atlantic January 6, 2015 On a recent visit to the MIT museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a familiar voice broke through the raucous jabber of the burgeoning young scientists exploring the university’s robotics exhibit. I knew the voice … Continue reading

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“Alan Alda creating love affair with science” — San Diego Source | The Daily Transcript

By Katherine Connor San Diego Source | The Daily Transcript January 7, 2015 You might know him as Hawkeye Pierce from the television show “M.A.S.H.,” but in higher education he’s creating an equally powerful legacy as the founder of the … Continue reading

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“Alda teaches scientists to connect with public” – Q&A with U-T San Diego

By Gary Robbins U-T San Diego January 7, 2015 Renowned actor-educator Alan Alda has been visiting UC San Diego this week to lead workshops meant to teach researchers and students to more effectively communicate science to the general public. Alda, 78, … Continue reading

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“Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge asks: ‘What is sleep?’” — Times Beacon Record

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

AK blog group photo

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

Improv TNC

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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