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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,…

What’s arguably as important as spending years researching, developing and writing a dissertation? Learning how to share your insight and analysis of that work briefly, powerfully and creatively. That’s exactly what 15 Stony Brook University graduate students did last month as part of a program sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization, the Career Center and the Graduate School and supported by The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Three Minute Thesis competition, or 3MT as it is also known, challenges graduate students to present their dissertation findings to an audience in 180 seconds. Their tools: their words, their knowledge…

Stony Brook postdoc to assistant professor receives $200,000 to unravel mysteries of movement within molecules  How do electrons move within molecules? Thomas Allison, an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Stony Brook University, posed this fundamental question on the way to winning the 2017 Discovery Prize. In a presentation delivered April 13 at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Allison convinced a panel of three distinguished judges that his project deserved a $200,000 cash prize to help fund his research. The award will finance equipment that will help scientists see how molecules move and behave in real time. The…

The Flame Challenge Worldwide Assembly is a live-streamed web conference in which students around the world join Alan Alda on Monday, April 24, from 12 pm to 1 pm to discuss the six finalist entries to the sixth annual Flame Challenge. The student judges of The Flame Challenge take this event very seriously and they can be charmingly unpredictable! The Flame Challenge has partnered with IBM this year to broadcast live from the THINKLab at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which scientists answer a technical question in a clear…

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) is launching the Innovators of Tomorrow Video Contest to help budding scientists and engineers learn how to simply and effectively communicate their research. The contest was created with support from Stony Brook’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which provides specialized programming to help scientists and health professionals communicate complex topics in clear and engaging ways. The video submissions will be included in a Stony Brook STEM outreach campaign led by CEAS faculty to help educate K-12 students, teachers, guidance counselors and parents about education and careers in engineering. “Engineering is all around us but, too often, the technical…

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