Private Workshop: Feinberg School of Medicine

May 30, 2019 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

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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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Brenda MacArthur, PhD

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.

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Nancee Moes, MFA

Improvisation Instructor

Nancee Moes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University with degrees in both Communication and Writing, and she completed her graduate work in Dramaturgy at Stony Brook University.  Nancee received the '17-'18 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Few things excite her more than embodied connection, and she is thrilled to be able to connect this passion with helping scientists engage audiences in their community, in other fields, and in the world at large.

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Josh Rice, MFA

Improvisation Lecturer

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.

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James Vassallo

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.