Faculty

Elizabeth Bass

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Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Elizabeth Bass, MPH, is director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is in charge of the School of Journalism’s new master’s program, which focuses on coverage of health, science, the environment and technology.  Continue reading

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Valeri Lantz-Gefroh

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Lecturer and Improvisation Coordinator
Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, MFA, is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism where she serves as the Improvisation Coordinator in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She teaches workshops and graduate courses at Stony Brook, and has traveled around the country teaching improvisation at other universities, conferences and labs.
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Christine O’Connell

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Lecturer and Workshop Supervisor
Christine O’Connell, PhD, is a Lecturer at the School of Journalism and the Workshop Supervisor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As a scientist with an extensive interdisciplinary background in outreach and communication, she brings a unique perspective to the Alda Center. Continue reading

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Alan Alda

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Visiting Professor
Alan Alda, actor, director and writer, has had a lifelong interest in science. He hosted PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers from 1993 to 2005, an experience he has called “the best thing I ever did in front of a camera.” Continue reading

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Louisa Johnson

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Louisa Johnson grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and attended LaGuardia Arts High School with a concentration in Theater Arts. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in Theater Arts and Philosophy, and her Masters degree from NYU Tisch … Continue reading

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Graham Chedd

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Visiting Professor
Graham Chedd came to the United States in 1972 as a consultant to the AAAS‘s Public Understanding of Science program. He became a member of the small team that founded NOVA in 1974, first as Science Editor, later producing some half dozen episodes, including the award-winning Race for the Double Helix. Continue reading

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Richard Firstman

Richard Firstman

Rick Firstman is a journalist, author and adjunct professor who teaches in the graduate program in science journalism and leads workshops in Distilling Your Message for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Continue reading

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Lydia Franco-Hodges

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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, is an actor and acting teacher who has been teaching at Stony Brook University since 2003. Besides teaching classes in acting, movement and performance, Lydia leads workshops for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in Improvisation for Scientists. Continue reading

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Eugene Hammond

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Eugene Hammond, PhD, served as a nuclear engineer in the US Navy, and has degrees in English from Notre Dame, Oxford University, and Yale University. He works with the Alda Center teaching courses and workshops in Writing Science for the Public. Continue reading

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Evonne Kaplan-Liss

Evonne Kaplan-Liss

Dr. Kaplan-Liss is the Director of the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communications where she combines a strong interest and background in medicine and journalism. Continue reading

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Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh is an actor and dramaturg who teaches both subjects at Stony Brook University’s department of Theatre Arts. He received a BFA in Acting at NYU in 1981 and an MFA at the State University of New York in Dramaturgy in 1999. Continue reading

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Deborah Mayo

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Deborah Mayo, MFA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University. She has taught all levels of acting, voice, improvisation, and public speaking. Continue reading

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Tim Miller

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Tim Miller is a communications expert specializing in the field of scientific and technical communication. He has lectured at museums, universities, and government agencies from coast to coast. Continue reading

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Christie Nicholson

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Christie Nicholson is an Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science workshop instructor at Stony Brook University. She is also a contributing editor at Scientific American. Continue reading

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Steven Reiner

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Steven Reiner, an associate professor of broadcast journalism at Stony Brook, spent two decades as a senior producer, producer and director at CBS News, covering many of the major news events of the last two decades. Working with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, he has led workshops in Distilling Your Message and Dealing with the Media for scientists, health professionals and science students. Continue reading

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Carl Safina

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Dr. Safina, one of the nation’s most esteemed environmental writers, contributes his expertise as a teacher, lecturer, and mentor in graduate and undergraduate programs, including courses and workshops offered in conjunction with the Center. Continue reading

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Howard Schneider

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Founding Dean, School of Journalism
Howard Schneider, the founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, developed the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and co-chairs its steering committee. Continue reading

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Barbara Selvin

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Barbara Selvin, MS, is an assistant professor of journalism at Stony Brook who has led workshops for scientists in Distilling Your Message at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Continue reading

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John Timmer

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John is the science editor of Ars Technica, a leading online publication in science and technology news and innovation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Continue reading

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