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 Schaefer is an Alda Center Improvisation Instructor. She is also a New York-based actor, working on stage and in film and television, and a teacher at the independent professional actor training center, the McCaskill Studio.
Marcy McGinnis is a professional career and life coach and a communications trainer. Her areas of concentration include the scientific and media industries. She is an award-winning television news network and cable senior executive with university journalism school administrative and academic experience. She was instrumental in the creation of the Center for News Literacy, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, all housed at Stony Brook University.
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.