ANNOUNCING THE ZUCKERMAN INSTITUTE-ALDA CENTER SCHOLARS PROJECT IN ISRAEL
Enhancing science communication for Zuckerman STEM Leadership Scholars
If we do not understand science, we are not prepared to make informed decisions that affect our lives, the lives of others, and the health of our world. Facts, clear communication, and empathy have been lost in our personal and national discussions. In an effort to deal with these issues, the Mortimer B. Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program is proud to announce a new partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. This new partnership recognizes that now more than ever before, effective science communication is needed.
“I love Mort’s program that brings scientists from Israel together with those from the United States,” said Mr. Alda, the actor, writer, and science advocate who serves as a visiting professor at the Center.
“That kind of collaboration can bring creative leaps to science that are not yet imagined and can benefit the fortunes of both countries.”
Under the auspices of the Zuckerman Institute-Alda Center Scholars Project in Israel, scholars will participate in 2-day workshops with Alda Center facilitators and researchers, have access to ongoing support through the Alda-Kalvi Online Learning Center and be provided with tools to:
- Collaborate more effectively with other researchers — broadening their impact globally.
- Increase the effectiveness of their communication with funders and policy makers, helping to open doors to funding opportunities.
- Use the Alda MethodTM to enhance their research methodology, leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Enhance their ability to communicate with the public about the importance of science in their lives.
Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award–winner, and Academy Award nominee, has acted in, written or directed many films and television programs, including M*A*S*H and the West Wing. He became interested in communication when a life-long interest in science led to his hosting Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years on PBS. On that show he helped hundreds of scientists around the world make their research clear to the public.
Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and Professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As the Alda Center Director, she oversees a dynamic organization that has trained over 12,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 40,000 to the Alda Method®.
Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and around the world enhancing their communication skills through improvisation and theatre techniques. Lydia is an associate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a lecturer in the School of Journalism, and an actor and theatre-maker. As a member of the Alda Center creative team, she develops curricula and teaches the graduate courses at Stony Brook University.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Climate Change Communication
Dr. Todd P. Newman is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Alda Center. He holds a PhD in Communication from American University. Todd’s research focuses on the intersection of science, the media, and society. Specifically, he looks at the relationship between individual values and beliefs, information exposure, and opinion formation within the context of contested science and environmental issues, as well as the role of scientists as public communicators.