Guest Speakers

alan aldaAlan Alda, acclaimed actor, writer and director, is Visiting Professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, helping current and future scientists learn to communicate more clearly and vividly with the public. For 13 years he was the host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers. After interviewing hundreds of gifted scientists around the world, he became convinced that many researchers have wonderful stories to tell, but need to learn how to tell them better. That realization inspired the creation of Stony Brook University's multidisciplinary Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in 2009. 


eric kandelEric R. Kandel, MD, is University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University; founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia; and Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. He was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. 


jim simonsJim Simons is Chair of the Simons Foundation, and founder and board chair of Renaissance Technologies LLC, a highly quantitative investment firm from which he retired in 2009 after serving as its CEO for more than 30 years. Previously he was chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Stony Brook University. Earlier in his career he was a cryptanalyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, NJ, and taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.





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