Elizabeth Bass

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. She developed and organized the Center’s well-received all day workshops and its graduate courses in communicating science to the public. A longtime journalist, she was science and health editor of Newsday, 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 and 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.