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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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.
Flowing from her work as an Alda-certified instructor, Nancee’s special focus is on building online curricula for the Alda-Kavli Learning Center that explore new ways to create authentic engagement. Few things excite her more than fully embodied communication and she is thrilled to be able to help scientists connect to their passion, their bodies, and their audiences. Nancee graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State University with degrees in communication and writing. She completed her graduate work in dramaturgy at Stony Brook University.
Josh is a lecturer in improvisation and an Alda-certified facilitator. Though he began working with the Alda Center in March 2019, he has been a professional theater and teaching artist since 2003. Josh is a staunch advocate for finding “play in everyday” and using this tool in applied improvisation techniques in conjunction with empathetic listening. Josh holds an MFA in theater from Sarah Lawrence College, is a performer with the Actors’ Equity Association, a puppeteer, and a beer nerd.
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.