Private Workshop: Cooper Medical School

November 15, 2017 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations.

A team from the Alda Center will visit Cooper Medical School of Rowan University to help medical students 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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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA

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.

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Brenda MacArthur, PhD

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.

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Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Elizabeth is an assistant professor of practice and the improvisation lead at the Alda Center. In addition to teaching on campus, she oversees curriculum development and instructor training, and serves as the advisor for Stony Brook University’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science. She finds it incredibly rewarding to apply the skills of analysis and feedback that she honed as a theater artist to designing curriculum and facilitating experiential learning for scientists and medical professionals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater and has trained instructors and teachers in various contexts including non-profit theater and higher education.