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 15,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 50,000 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.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Lydia leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and world, helping them to build their communication skills through improvisation and other theater practices. As a member of the Alda Center’s creative team, Lydia designs new curricula and teaches graduate courses at Stony Brook University. She previously taught acting, movement, and performance at Stony Brook, and her wealth of experience as an actor and theater-maker informs her work as an Alda-certified instructor and assistant professor of practice at the Alda Center. Communication has always been central to Lydia's career, and the importance of forging connections between STEM and medical professionals and others inspires her every day.
Carol brings a lifetime of improvisational skills to her work as an Alda-certified instructor. She studied improv with Del Close at Second City and was a founding member of Chicago City Limits, the award winning Improv group. Carol has used improvisation to inform her work as a long time communications coach and writer. She teaches improv in NYC and is the co-author of “A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat: The Essential Guide to Improvisation for Performers, Teachers, Writers & Everyone else”. Carol is thrilled to be working with the Alda Center. Carol believes that within each scientist there is a dynamic story waiting to be told.