Following a successful two-day workshop on Science Communication (May 2015), the University of Oregon has been invited to become an Affiliated University with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Science Literacy Program will serve as the campus resource center to provide opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to build science communication skills in collaboration with the Alda Center. The UO is one of ten institutions affiliated with the Center and the first West of the Mississippi River.
The goal of the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, New York is 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. Trainings include learning improvisation techniques and how to distill a scientific message for a general audience.