Elizabeth Bass

Director Emerita


Elizabeth Bass, MPH, is the director emerita of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Starting from its earliest days in 2009, she led development of the Center’s workshops, courses, outreach activities and affiliation network. These activities have reached more than 500 science graduate students at Stony Brook and hundreds of scientists at other institutions around the country.

A longtime journalist, she was science and health editor of Newsday, Long Island’s daily newspaper, where she supervised reporting that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, as well as other top science journalism awards. She has taught science and health reporting and news literacy at Stony Brook University, where she developed and initially led the School of Journalism’s master’s program, which focuses on coverage of health, science, the environment and technology. She also has taught journalism at Hofstra University and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is co-author of two books, Bioterrorism: A Guide for Hospital Preparedness and Kids Health Guide for Parents and has edited or contributed to several other books about science and health for general readers.