Follow-up After Your Workshop
These materials will be helpful in reinforcing your Science Communication Workshop experience following the workshop. The Alda Center materials anchor some of the main points you learned during the Distilling, Improvisation and Media Training sessions. The other readings may help you dive deeper and learn more about these topics. Please also check our LEARN section for follow-up online training opportunities.
Alda Center Materials
- Improvising Your Way Forward
- Distilling Tips
- Dealing with Complexity
- Storytelling Tips
- Storytelling Resources
- Media Interview Tips
- Recommended Books and Videos
- Public and Scientists' Views on Science and Society - Pew Research Center
- Public and Scientists Express Strikingly Different Views about Science-Related Issues - Pew Research Center
- Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help - The New York Times
- What Scientists Can Learn from Poets
- Tina Fey's Rules of Improv
- Scientists' Intuitive Failures
- Science Needs Voices
- NSF Public attitudes towards science - ch.7
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Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science 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 the Alda Center Director, she oversees a dynamic organization that has trained over 12,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 40,000 to the Alda Method®.
James Rea is a communications coach and consultant who specializes in helping scientists, engineers, and other technical experts reach their key audiences with clear, engaging stories. James started on this path nearly 20 years ago, when he took on a communications role with the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment Program.
Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and around the world enhancing their communication skills through improvisation and theatre techniques. Lydia is an associate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a lecturer in the School of Journalism, and an actor and theatre-maker. As a member of the Alda Center creative team, she develops curricula and teaches the graduate courses at Stony Brook University.
Carol Schindler has been a creative director, writer and speech coach for corporate conferences for the past 25 years. She has worked in every area of the corporate world from pharmaceutical, high tech, service industries and financial institutions.
John is the science editor of Ars Technica, a leading online publication in science and technology news and innovation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has done over a decade’s worth of research in genetics and developmental biology at places like Cornell Medical College and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.