Please join the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in congratulating the finalists for the 2017 Discovery Prize Competition! On Thursday, April 13 at 12:30pm, Stony Brook University scientists Thomas Allison, Gábor Balázsi, Matthew Reuter and Neelima Seghal will make presentations and take questions about their work with the goal of earning a $200,000 prize to advance their basic science research.
The Discovery Prize was established in 2013 with a generous donation from the Stony Brook Foundation's Board of Trustees as a way to advance pioneering scientific breakthroughs at a time when the primary source of support for basic research (i.e., the federal government) is dwindling. It is a pathway to capitalize on new technologies, new innovations, new ideas and the urgency to move discovery-driven knowledge forward by investing private dollars in basic research that is free of commercial or political pressures.
During the first Discovery Prize event competition, Alan Alda, actor and founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, spoke of the need to excite the public about the vitality of science, emphasizing that the beauty of knowledge is something that must not be lost on the public or on philanthropists. The Alda Center is a proud partner in providing communications coaching to the finalists.