A team from the Alda Center will visit the American Psychological Association to help researchers learn to communicate more effectively with people outside their field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders, and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on fundamental skills — knowing your audience, connecting with your audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters. This event is private, with participation by invitation only.
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Assistant Professor of Practice
Nicole is an assistant professor of practice and an Alda-certified instructor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She loves to connect research to practice while facilitating Alda Center experiential workshops. Nicole leads evaluation efforts for the different Alda Center curricula, and her research interests focus on scientists’ public engagement activities, science communication, and gender roles. She contributes to the Center’s evidence-based curriculum design process, and delivers communication workshops for scientists at academic and professional institutions. She holds a PhD in technology, policy and innovation from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Marcy McGinnis is an Alda-certified instructor. She was instrumental in the creation of the Alda Center and its curriculum development beginning in 2009. Calling upon her decades-long career in broadcast news, she is also at the core of the Center’s curriculum that concentrates on dealing with the media and helping scientists improve their skills communicating with audiences via television, radio, print and digital outlets. Marcy is a strong believer that experiential workshops that increase self-awareness and audience awareness are the foundations and motivating forces of successful science communication. She absolutely loves seeing workshop participants transform their methods of communication “right before her eyes."
By becoming an Alda-certified instructor, Carla merges her careers in the theater and in publishing into a satisfying holistic practice. She is an editor for major publishers as well as for individual clients, developing and honing stories of all types. An actor with an extensive background in Improv, Carla believes Improv teaches us how to be truly present and how to listen, both crucial to any form of successful communication. The Alda Center’s experiential, immersive curriculum excites and inspires her in every workshop. A widely published author, she was commissioned to write two books on science for children.
In addition to his work as an Alda-certified instructor, David is a professional actor and stage director who, like Alan Alda himself, trained in improvisational techniques early in his career. Since joining the Alda Center in 2016, his great passion has been sharing this discipline of personal connection with scientists, doctors, and other professionals to improve communication and understanding while igniting curiosity in the public.