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

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 Demian Chapman, an assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s School of … 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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Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge for 2014: What Is Color?

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We are challenging scientists to take part in the 2014 Flame Challenge and answer a vibrant question asked by 11-year-olds from around the country: What is Color? The Flame Challenge is an international contest started by Alan Alda that asks … Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Fred Kavli, Kavli Foundation founder

We note with sorrow the passing of Fred Kavli, physicist, entrepreneur, and founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation, who died Nov. 21, 2013 at age 86. The foundation Mr. Kavli established supports 17 research institutes in astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience … Continue reading

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Alda Center to help team on “Expedition” to Explore Space Virtually

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Stony Brook is headed to outer space—virtually. The University has been selected as the lead institution for one of NASA’s nine new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) teams that will bring researchers together in a virtual setting to … Continue reading

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Ruchi Shah: Communicating Science, Inspiring Minds

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Ruchi Shah has never been at a loss for words, particularly when it comes to talking about her passions: science, research, and the all-natural mosquito repellent she developed while in high school to address the world health problem of mosquito-borne … Continue reading

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Alan Alda speaks about Communicating Science

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Alan Alda stopped by the Learning in the Digital Age summit at Google’s New York City offices to talk about communicating science to the general public with Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina. Check out a podcast of their … Continue reading

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Video of first Flame Challenge Winner goes Viral

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Ben Ames, whose video on “What is a Flame?” captivated 11-year old’s around the world and won the first ever Flame Challenge, has another video that has gone viral – a duet with his daughter! Click here to read more.

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Alan Alda receives James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry

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Alan Alda has been awarded the James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society. The James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry is awarded annually to an individual who reports on … Continue reading

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Award-winning producer Graham Chedd joins Alda Center faculty

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Graham Chedd has spent nearly 30 years helping established scientists communicate their findings by giving them a platform—television—to reach audiences. As a visiting professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, he will help science and health graduate students … Continue reading

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Christine O’Connell joins the Alda Center team full-time

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Christine O’Connell has joined us full time. Christine was in the original pilot group of graduate students who did improvisation with Alan Alda back in 2009 and worked part-time for us organizing the Flame Challenge last year. She is passionate … Continue reading

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Scientific American Lifetime Achievement Award for Alan Alda

Alan was on National Public Radio’s The Take Away with John Hockenberry, August 8, 2013, to discuss his passion for “Reigniting the Public’s Love of Science.” Alda discusses the lifetime achievement award he received from Scientific American, and why he … Continue reading

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