A team from the Alda Center will visit the Carl Woese Institute For Genomic Biology at Illinois University 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
In addition to her work as an Alda-certified facilitator, Brenda’s social science research into communication helps develop and continuously improve the Alda Center’s workshops. Brenda is dedicated to discovery of knowledge, and enjoys working at the Alda Center because of the team’s commitment to sharing information, and empowering others to do the same. Brenda holds a doctoral degree in health communication from George Mason University, and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other publications.
Celia became an Alda-certified instructor because she is passionate about the practical applications of listening and empathy in professional communication. After leading improvisation and role-play workshops for medical, business, and service professionals, she began working with the Alda Center in 2016. In addition to her work as a workshop facilitator, Celia teaches improvisation and scene work for professional actors, and performs on stage, in films, and on television.
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."
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.