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Alda Center Sponsors Science Haiku Competition

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Alan Alda
Actor Alan Alda is founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science invites scientists of all ages to express the passion for the science they do in a haiku–a “sci-ku”–and share it on Twitter.  What keeps you interested in science?  Where does your curiosity never seem to flag?  How might your research help shape the world?  Challenge yourself to put this in haiku form: three lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables).  To participate, compose a haiku and be sure to tag @aldacenter and the #flamechallenge.

Learn more about the Twitter Haiku challenge at

This Haiku challenge is brought to you by the 2018 Flame Challenge, an annual contest by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  This international contest challenges scientists at every level – from graduate students to senior researchers – to communicate familiar yet complex concepts in ways that are understandable to an 11-year-old.

These submissions then make their way to classrooms of 5th and 6th graders from all over the globe who review them and decide the winners.  Entries can be submitted in one of three categories: written, graphic, or video. The Flame Challenge offers a $1,000 cash prize for scientists in each of the three categories. The winning scientists will also receive a trip to New York City (includes airfare and accommodations for two nights), where they will meet Alan Alda and be honored at the World Science Festival.

Alan Alda will announce the official 2018 question on Science Friday next week – tune in on Friday, Dec. 1st.

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