Stony Brook University Makes National News

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,

I am writing to inform you that Stony Brook University faculty research and an exciting School of Journalism initiative with Alan Alda will be featured on this week's edition of "Science Friday" the popular NPR radio program hosted by award-winning journalist Ira Flatow. The School of Journalism/Alan Alda initiative will be featured again tonight on "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer."

Alan Alda, a founding member of the Stony Brook University Center for Communicating Science and a Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism, will discuss "The Flame Challenge," a month-long contest
in which scientists are challenged to clearly explain the nature of a flame to a panel of 11-year-old judges. Alda posed this challenge in a guest editorial in the March 2 issue of the journal "Science," where he asked the question, "What is a flame?" The interview can be heard live over the Internet from 3-3:40 pm at .

An interview with Elizabeth Stone, a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, will follow, during which she will discuss her team's recent excavations in Iraq, the first by a foreign team in more than a decade and the first by an American team in more than 20 years. Professor Stone and her team have just received permission from the Iraq Minister of Culture to excavate at Ur, which would be the first major dig at the site since it was excavated in the 1920s by Sir Leonard Woolley. You can hear Professor Stone's interview from 3:40-4:00 pm at .

Alan Alda will also be a guest on this evening's "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" at 6:30 pm tonight where he will discuss The Flame Challenge and his work with the Center for Communicating Science.

Please consider tuning into "Science Friday" at 3:00 this afternoon and "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" at 6:30 this evening to learn more about some of the exciting things happening at Stony Brook

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD