Zimpher, Alda team up to aid SUNY science

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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and acclaimed actor, writer, and director Alan Alda recently announced an expanded partnership between SUNY and Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to offer 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 a New York City-based at the SUNY Global Center.


“Alan Alda and his team at Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science have developed innovative techniques and effective practices for explaining even the most complex matters of science, and we look forward to bringing their highly successful program to more SUNY students,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “This pilot program is a perfect example of SUNY doing what it does best – identifying what works at one campus and bringing it to scale so that more of our students benefit. Thank you to Alan for his leadership and vision as we pursue this exciting opportunity.”

“Through our partnership with SUNY and Stony Brook University, we’ve had a real impact on the communication of science and medicine,” said Alan Alda. “We’ve trained over 8,000 scientists and health care professionals to communicate their work in a clear and engaging manner, and another 30,000 scientists have been exposed to our unique approach in plenaries and lectures across the United States and around the world. This new pilot gives us an opportunity to capitalize on one of SUNY’s greatest strengths – its systemness, as Chancellor Zimpher says – and bring our successful training to more students within SUNY and throughout [the] State.”

“The transformation that our students make in being able to convey the importance and impact of their work can be really amazing, and we’re excited about the opportunity to share the experience with more SUNY students,” said Dr. Laura Lindenfeld, director of the Alda Center and a professor in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.