A team from the Alda Center will visit the Feinberg School of Medicine 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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Message Design Faculty
Dr. Brenda MacArthur is Message Design Faculty and Health Communication Research Lead in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. With a background in communication, health care, and curriculum design and assessment, Dr. MacArthur brings a unique perspective to designing and delivering evidence-based communication training for scientists and medical professionals. Much of Dr. MacArthur’s work is translational and centered on the intersection of health and instructional communication to improve the quality and continuity of health care for patients and improve health outcomes for patients and communities.
Nancee Moes is a teacher, director, and performer. When she's not working on new curricula she teaches undergraduate and graduate students, pushing them to develop skills in presence, audience connection, and personal investment. She is also the coordinator for Science Unplugged, a program where she coaches 30 minute talks that Stony Brook graduate researchers develop about their work, then 'tour' in local high schools.
Josh is a Lecturer at Stony Brook University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and professional development workshops in improvisation, to scientists and medical professionals, through the Alda Center. For the last fifteen years, he has been a theatre maker, improviser and teaching artist, working all over the world as a performer, director, and teacher.
Curriculum & Events Assistant
James graduated from Stony Brook University in May 2017, where he took on a number of leadership roles on campus working to improve student engagement and communication between the student body, faculty & staff. Currently, he is enrolled as a student in the Master’s in Public Health program at Stony Brook, where he serves as the President of the Graduate Student Organization. As of August 2018, James joined the Alda Center as a Graduate Assistant, to work towards improving communication in science and medicine through assisting in curriculum development and event planning.