A team from the Alda Center will visit the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 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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Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and Professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As the Alda Center Director, she oversees a dynamic organization that has trained over 15,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 50,000 to the Alda Method®.
Associate Professor of Practice
Val is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She teaches workshops and graduate courses at Stony Brook University and travels around the country teaching improvisation at other universities, medical schools, hospitals, conferences and labs.
Graham Chedd is a Visiting Professor at the Alda Center. He was a member of the team that founded NOVA in the early 1970s, and was that series’ first science editor and later producer. He co-founded the Chedd-Angier Production Company, where he produced over 100 hours of science television for PBS, including 11 seasons of Scientific American Frontiers and the miniseries The Human Spark and Brains on Trial, all hosted by Alan Alda.
Carol brings a lifetime of improvisational skills to her work as an Alda-certified instructor. She studied improv with Del Close at Second City and was a founding member of Chicago City Limits, the award winning Improv group. Carol has used improvisation to inform her work as a long time communications coach and writer. She teaches improv in NYC and is the co-author of “A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat: The Essential Guide to Improvisation for Performers, Teachers, Writers & Everyone else”. Carol is thrilled to be working with the Alda Center. Carol believes that within each scientist there is a dynamic story waiting to be told.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Radha is an Alda-certified instructor. She co-leads curriculum design efforts at the Center and leads the Alda-Kavli online learning initiative. Her interest in science communication stems from her desire to make the wonders of science accessible to all, and to inspire future generations, especially girls, to pursue scientific pursuits. With the Alda Center’s multidisciplinary team, she finds joy helping scientists share their work and tell their stories to the world. A lifelong learner and educator by training, Radha has worked in different capacities in higher education, adult learning, and in the international development space for more than a decade.
Celia became an Alda-certified instructor because she is passionate about the practical applications of listening and empathy in professional communication. After leading improvisation and role-play workshops for medical, business, and service professionals, she began working with the Alda Center in 2016. In addition to her work as a workshop facilitator, Celia teaches improvisation and scene work for professional actors, and performs on stage, in films, and on television.
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.
Carolyn, based in New York City, is an historical marine ecologist, an award-winning professional contemporary dancer, and an Alda-certified instructor with the Alda Center at Stony Brook University who leads workshops across the United States. A member of the Alda Center team since 2015, she thoroughly enjoys using her scientist and artist halves to encourage others to more broadly, confidently, and creatively communicate their expertise. Carolyn works as an independent researcher and consultant on various projects that focus on the history of our shorelines and the impact of our changing climate.