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Alan Alda Talks Science Thursday at Stony Brook University

Science education advocate and Water Mill resident Alan Alda will present a talk titled “Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science” on Thursday, February 19, at Stony Brook University.

In his talk, Alda, who is a visiting professor at Stony Brook, will explore the following questions: Why is it so important for scientists, engineers and health professionals to communicate effectively with the public? And how can they learn to do it better?

He will draw on his personal experiences, including his years as host of the TV series Scientific American Frontiers. The event is sponsored by the School of Journalism and its Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

The free public talk begins at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The campus is located a 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook.

Alda is also the originator of The Flame Challenge, which asks scientists and others to find the best way to explain complicated topics to children, such as “What is a flame?” and “What is color?

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