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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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.
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.
Carolyn Hall, based in New York City, is a marine ecologist and a professional contemporary dancer. She earned her M.S. in Marine Science from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, NY, and works as an independent researcher and consultant on various projects.
Assistant Professor of Practice & Improvisation Lead
As lead of the creative team of improvisation faculty, Elizabeth is working to innovate and build on the already strong foundational curricula of The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She finds the skills of analysis and feedback she honed as a theatre artist directly applicable to facilitating experiential learning for scientists and medical professionals, and pulls from her over 15 years of academic and professional teaching and teaching mentorship to create powerful learning experiences for Alda Center workshop participants.