Private Workshop: Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program

February 21-23, 2018 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations


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.
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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Alan Alda

Visiting Professor

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.

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Laura Lindenfeld, PhD

Executive Director

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 15,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 50,000 to the Alda Method®.

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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Lydia leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and world, helping them to build their communication skills through improvisation and other theater practices. As a member of the Alda Center’s creative team, Lydia designs new curricula and teaches graduate courses at Stony Brook University. She previously taught acting, movement, and performance at Stony Brook, and her wealth of experience as an actor and theater-maker informs her work as an Alda-certified instructor and assistant professor of practice at the Alda Center. Communication has always been central to Lydia's career, and the importance of forging connections between STEM and medical professionals and others inspires her every day.

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Todd Newman, PhD

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. ​