This year’s Stars of Stony Brook Gala honors acclaimed actor, director and writer Alan Alda, who is also a visiting professor at Stony Brook University and founding board member of the University’s Center for Communicating Science. The Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at Pier Sixty in New York City.
In addition to raising money to support student scholarship programs, this year’s Gala will benefit the Center for Communicating Science. The Center works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media and others outside their own discipline.
Alan Alda has had a lifelong passion for science. After interviewing hundreds of scientists in his role as host of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers,” he realized how important it is for scientists to possess strong communication skills. To meet this need, he played a key role in creating the Center for Communicating Science and remains actively involved in its work, including championing workshops that use improvisational theater games to help scientists communicate more directly and personally.
Faculty and staff tickets for the Gala are available at a reduced price of $500 per ticket or $5,000 for a table of ten. In addition, chartered coach transportation will be provided to and from Pier Sixty. Buses will depart from campus and return immediately afterward. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required.