The People of

Lyl Tomlinson

SUNY Stonybrook


Lyl is a graduate student in neuroscience at Stony Brook University and a science communication fanatic who often asks: Would my grandma understand this? Using the question as a guiding principle for his communication initiatives, he became the 2014 FameLab USA winner and the International final runner-up. Outside of the competition, he has been involved in a number of lay-friendly science education projects, including Science Unplugged, which places Stony Brook Ph.D. candidates in high school classrooms and asks them to explain complex topics in fun and accessible ways. He has also engaged general public interests in science during radio interviews and recently helped others enhance their communication skills while acting science communication consultant to the USAID organization.