Private Workshop: Johns Hopkins University

January 24, 2018 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

A team from the Alda Center will visit Johns Hopkins University 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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Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, MFA

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. 

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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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Carolyn Hall

Instructor

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.

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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.