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

Alda NAS medal banner

-Original story by the National Academy of Sciences can be found here.
-Original story published: Jan. 27, 2016
-Alan Alda receives the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious award for his work championing ‪science communication. 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 experience with the Alda Center’s science communication classes. Continue reading

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How to Tell an Engaging Story of Scientific Discovery — Scientific American

-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 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 with the University of Chicago Medicine is featured in the Biological Sciences Division’s latest issue of its science journal, Medicine on the Midway. Read about the science communication workshops the Alda Center has done with the university’s scientists! 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
-Alan Alda and Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, Improv Program Director at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, discuss on the radio how improv enhances communication. Continue reading

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What improv could teach newsrooms — Columbia Journalism Review

Photo of Amanda Hirsch by Jared Goralnick.

-By Josh Stearns
-Original story can be found on Columbia Journalism Review here.
-Original story published: Nov. 24, 2015
-Improv helps journalists improve their listening skills so they can make deeper connections with the public Continue reading

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Which scientists can winningly explain a flame, time, sleep, color, or sound to 11-year-olds? — Physics Today

-By Steven T. Corneliussen
-The story below is a copy of the original story by Physics Today available here.
-Original story published: Nov. 24, 2015
-The Flame Challenge encourages scientists to explain complex scientific concepts in a way that’s interesting and understanble for 11-year-olds 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?” 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
-A profile of The Flame Challenge, which answers questions curious 11-year-olds ask about the mysteries of science. For the 2016 contest, scientists will explain “What is Sound?” in a way that’s both informative and engaging. 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
-Alan Alda announces the resounding question for the Flame Challenge 2016 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 -The story below is a copy of the original story in The Boston Globe available here
-Original story published: Oct. 20, 2015
-The Alda Center‘s ‪science communication exercises help Boston University scientists make deeper connections with the public. Continue reading

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iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Releases Winning Videos from 2015 Contest

John Schell, Jayme Dyer, Andrew P. Nosal, Daniela Robles-Espinoza and Jianjin Shi, winners of the 2015 iBiology Young Scientist Seminars, at Stony Brook University.

From sepsis to leopard sharks, talented young scientists capture the imagination through effective storytelling and communication. NEW YORK, October 13, 2015: The iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) revealed today the winning videos from the inaugural 2015 video contest. YSS is … 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

The Alda Center’s Elizabeth Bass writes about why it’s important for scientists to present their work in a way that engages the public, especially during the October 2015 Nobel Prize season. 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
-In a story for The New York Academy of Sciences MagazineAlan Alda speaks about his motivation to help scientists effectively communicate their work to the public. 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 can be found at NASA
Original story published: Oct. 2, 2015

The Alan Alda Center helps NASA scientists in Langley, Virginia sharpen their science communication skills. The visit was a part of NASA’s new agency-wide program encouraging science communication in its members. 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
Original story published: Sept. 15, 2015

The Alan Alda Center participates in improvisation exercises with scientists from the Charles River and the Medical Campus to help them thrill audiences with their research. Continue reading

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

By students in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism
NASA and Stony Brook University researchers and students in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism return from Hawaii’s lava fields. They studied terrain similar to that of the Moon and Mars that may lead to landmark space expeditions. The research project grew out of a collaboration between the Alda Center and the RIS4E research project. 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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How a Former ‘MASH’ Actor Is Teaching Scientists to Be Extroverts — Motherboard/VICE.com

Center for Communicating Science Workshop, November 2010

By JP Lawrence
Motherboard-VICE.com
May 14, 2015
The Alan Alda Center helps scientists sharpen their communication skills so that they can speak to the public in a captivating way. Continue reading

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