Women in STEM Workshop

May 7-8, 2018 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science has developed an interactive two-day workshop focusing on Women in STEM.

Women in STEM face numerous gender-based obstacles that impede their research and career advancement, especially in regard to communication. The hierarchical nature of STEM can reinforce power-dynamics, making bias and gender stereotypes particularly deleterious. In this interactive session, we will address how re-framing power dynamics and understanding how body language affect communication through targeted exercises grounded in improvisational techniques and science communication theory.
Inspired by the work of founder Alan Alda, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science has trained over 11,000 scientists since 2009; successfully using improvisational theater exercises and message design workshops to address the common pitfalls of science communication.
When: May 7 & 8, 2018 from 9 AM - 5 PM
Where: Charles B. Wang Center
RSVP no later than April 30, 2018.
Spots for this workshop are limited, and will be given on a first come first serve basis. This workshop is meant for Stony Brook faculty or staff with a PhD.
Workshop Instructor(s)
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Christine O'Connell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Science Communication

Dr. Christine O’Connell is an Assistant Professor of Science Communication at the Alda Center and School of Journalism where she works on improving STEM communication to the public and engagement with the community. Christine was the Alda Center’s founding Associate Director where she worked to build the Center and its curriculum to international renown.

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Nicole Leavey, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Nicole J. Leavey is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology, Policy and Innovation from Stony Brook University, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests focus on public engagement actions of scientists, science communication training and gender roles. She also contributes to evidence-based curriculum design and delivers communication training for scientists at both academic and professional institutions.