Zuckerman Institute-Alda Center Scholars Project in Israel

Enhancing science communication for Zuckerman STEM Leadership scholars


“I love Mort’s program that brings scientists from Israel together with those from the United States. That kind of collaboration can bring creative leaps to science that are not yet imagined and can benefit the fortunes of both countries.”

– Alan Alda, actor, writer and science advocate, who serves as a visiting professor at the Center

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program is proud to support a special partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The partnership began in 2018, recognizing that now more than ever before, effective science communication is needed.

“If we do not understand science, we are not prepared to make informed decisions that affect our lives, the lives of others, and the health of our world. Facts, clear communication, and empathy have been lost in our personal and national discussions.”

Under the auspices of the Zuckerman Institute-Alda Center Scholars Project in Israel, scholars participated in 2-day workshops with Alda Center facilitators and researchers—in February 2018 and again in March 2019.

The program also provides scholars with access to ongoing support through the Alda-Kavli Online Learning Center. Scholars learn to:

  • Collaborate more effectively with other researchers — broadening their impact globally.
  • Increase the effectiveness of their communication with funders and policy makers, helping to open doors to funding opportunities.
  • Use the Alda Method™ to enhance their research methodology, leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Enhance their ability to communicate with the public about the importance of science in their lives.


The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is a leader in communication training and research. Since 2009, the Center has used innovative techniques to sharpen the communication skills of over 7,000 scientists and medical personnel, and exposed over 26,000 professionals to the techniques and value of science communication for profoundly improving our society.