Laura Lindenfeld

Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is director of the Alda Center and professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As a communication researcher, her work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Visiting Professor
Alan Alda, acclaimed actor, writer and director, realized during his time as the host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers that many scientists have wonderful stories to tell, but need to learn how to tell them better. That realization inspired the creation of Stony Brook’s multi-disciplinary Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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Christina Anselmo

Senior Staff Assistant
Christina Kenny Anselmo joined the School of Journalism’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in 2014.  Prior to coming here full time, she became involved in the Center in 2012 when she coordinated the first Flame Challenge.

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Kate Fullam

Kate Fullam

Communities Manager, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
As Communities Manager for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Kate Fullam is responsible for developing online instructional and community-building activities for the Alda-Kavli Learning Center, an interactive website that will engage scientists and health professionals, serve a growing network of affiliated programs around the country and create a clearinghouse for best practices in science communication.

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Valeri Lantz-Gefroh

Lecturer and Improvisation Program Director
Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, MFA, is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism where she serves as the Improvisation Program Director in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She teaches workshops, undergrad and graduate courses at Stony Brook, and travels around the country teaching improvisation at other universities, conferences and labs. Val created Science on Tap, an award winning live event and web show.

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Louisa Johnson

Lecturer
Louisa Johnson received her Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in Theater Arts and Philosophy, and her Masters degree from NYU Tisch in Acting. Louisa now teaches Improvisation for Scientists to graduates students and works with scientists nationwide for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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Roxanne Khamsi

Lecturer
Roxanne Khamsi is a science journalist and editor who teaches the Distilling Your Message course for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Economist, Popular Science, Scientific American, New York magazine and Slate.

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Christine O’Connell

Assistant Professor of Communicating Science
Dr. Christine O’Connell is experienced in messaging, government relations, coalition building, lobbying, campaign planning, social marketing, coaching, and facilitation. She has organized collaborations across academia, government, and the community – including an initiative between the humanities and sciences at Stony Brook called The Coastlines Initiative.

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