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Chang Kee Jung, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in Physics, represents a rare breed of scientists who not only understand the densest of subject matter but can break it down in a way that makes it come alive for the lay person.  He has been doing both for a long time. Since arriving at Stony Brook in 1990 from Stanford University, where he conducted various particle physics experiments based on high-energy particle accelerators, he was in the vanguard of recognizing the important role that neutrino physics would play in the subsequent decades. He started a research group called Nucleon Decay and…

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science invites scientists of all ages to express the passion for the science they do in a haiku–a “sci-ku”–and share it on Twitter.  What keeps you interested in science?  Where does your curiosity never seem to flag?  How might your research help shape the world?  Challenge yourself to put this in haiku form: three lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables).  To participate, compose a haiku and be sure to tag @aldacenter and the #flamechallenge. Learn more about the Twitter Haiku challenge at flamechallenge.org. This Haiku challenge is brought to you by the 2018…

Stony Brook’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in collaboration with Scientific American, will launch a free, five-episode online series aimed at helping scientists and engineers write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets. The series kicks off on Friday, October 13, 2017. The series will feature actor and science communication advocate Alan Alda and Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina. Alda will share his personal successes using improvisational theater exercises to build empathy and connection, while DiChristina will shed light on the kind of stories Scientific American readers are craving. This first special live-streamed event will air on Friday, October…

Alda Center Conducts International Workshops and Expands Capacity with New Faculty and Staff The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is responding to an ever-growing global demand for improvisation-based science communication training by building its instructional team and research capacity to serve more scientists via the Alda Method™. Since 2009, the Alda Center has served nearly 10,000 scientists and medical professionals in its workshops worldwide, with additional graduate students and faculty trained in courses and workshops on campus at Stony Brook University. Among more than 70 traveling workshops conducted for nearly 1,800 scientists from January 2017…

Genetics PhD candidate Alex Bott is ready to take his place in the front ranks of the fight against cancer, and he has the grants to prove it. This past year, Bott was recognized with two prestigious and highly competitive awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the F31 (Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award) and the newly-established F99/K00 — the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award, which is designed to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential to pursue careers as independent cancer researchers. Bott’s research focuses on Myc, a regulator gene amplified in a wide range of cancers, particularly breast cancer.…

Expert voices are needed more than ever in conversations of national and global importance. Scientists can help people understand the many ways that science shapes our lives and our understanding of the world — and, critically, their evidence-based findings and perspective can help in creating sound, scientifically informed public policy. Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University are teaming on an online workshop aimed at helping scientists and engineers write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets. Presented in partnership with The Kavli Foundation, two dozen scientists will receive mentoring…

Actor Alan Alda was given an honorary Doctor of Law during the graduation ceremony at the University of Dundee in Scotland for his work promoting the communication of science. A visiting professor at Stony Brook University, he founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The center serves scientists, medical professionals, students and the public with opportunities to explore, learn and practice communicating effectively about science and medicine. The Alan Alda Center is an international partner of Dundee University’s Leverhulme Centre and will be involved in Dundee’s new forensic science research center. The goal is to help forensic scientists communicate…

“Without energy, a ball won’t roll, a car won’t drive and a babysitter won’t get off the couch. Energy is what get things moving.”  Those were just some of the examples used to tackle the question “What is Energy?” in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science’s  sixth annual Flame Challenge.  This year’s question was posed to scientists by 11-year olds from around the world. After reviewing hundreds of written and visual submissions from scientists based in the United States, Germany, Australia and beyond, Alan Alda, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and intermediate school…

The partnership between SUNY and Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will broaden its reach by offering the center’s highly acclaimed training to doctoral students at up to five additional SUNY campuses. The Alan Alda Center has received widespread recognition for its training, which provides students with skills to communicate their work effectively to the public, public officials, the media and others outside of their discipline. SUNY will take the program to scale by offering additional training and workshops and expanding access to programming through the SUNY Global Center in midtown Manhattan. “Alan Alda and his team at Stony…

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, along with the Office of the Provost and Office of Research, hosted colleagues and partners in STEM education and research on April 20 at the Charles B. Wang Center for a collaborative discussion with Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner of Research, Science, and Innovation. Commissioner Moedas presented opportunities for Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory to engage more directly with European Union research institutions. Actor Alan Alda, a visiting professor in Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and founder of the Center for Communicating Science,…

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