UO named an affiliate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Following a successful two-day workshop on Science Communication in May 2015, the University of Oregon has been invited to become an affiliated university with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

The UO’s Science Literacy Program will serve as the campus resource center for affiliated programs to provide opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members to build science communication skills. The UO is one of ten institutions affiliated with the Center and the first West of the Mississippi River.

The goal of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, elected officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. 

Alda, who is best know for playing the character Hawkeye in the television series “M*A*S*H” and hosting “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS, found that the skills he learned as an actor can also help scientists communicate complicated scientific concepts to novice audiences.

Today, the trainings organized by the center include learning improvisation techniques, discussions about distilling a message and forming a story, and practice media interviews.

More information about upcoming programs and trainings will be available soon.