Online Course: Introduction to Podcasting


In this introductory course, participants will practice and hone their science communication skills and apply them specifically to podcasting. Participants will use improvisational techniques combined with strategies for structuring content in a dynamic and interactive 5-week online course, culminating in a recorded podcast interview with the instructors. Topics include: using vivid language, conversational tone, and effective vocal delivery, adapting your message, and creating story.

  • Use conversational tone and vivid language in communicating their science in recorded and live audio
  • Create a brief, dynamic audio recording that tells a story about their work
  • Gain confidence in talking about their research to non-experts
  • Adapt their message to different audiences
  • Use vocal delivery to enhance meaning in oral communication
  • Communicate their science as an interview guest on a podcast
Participants must attend all scheduled sessions:
  • Session 1: May 22, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 2: May 29, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 3: June 5, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 4: June 12, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 5: June 19, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm

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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice & Improvisation Lead

As lead of the creative team of improvisation faculty, Elizabeth is working to innovate and build on the already strong foundational curricula of The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She finds the skills of analysis and feedback she honed as a theatre artist directly applicable to facilitating experiential learning for scientists and medical professionals, and pulls from her over 15 years of academic and professional teaching and teaching mentorship to create powerful learning experiences for Alda Center workshop participants.

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Ken Weitzman


Ken is a nationally-recognized playwright and Associate Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University.   As a playwright Ken's work has been commissioned and produced at major theatres across the country and received numerous awards.  His writing branches out beyond theatre, including a recent commission by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to write original content for their redesigned, innovative audio content.