Private Workshop: The Laufer Center

January 22-23, 2019 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

A team from the Alda Center will visit the Laufer Center at Stony Brook 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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Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA

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.

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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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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA

Improvisation Lecturer

Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and around the world enhancing their communication skills through improvisation and theatre techniques. Lydia is an associate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a lecturer in the School of Journalism, and an actor and theatre-maker. As a member of the Alda Center creative team, she helps develop curricula and teaches the graduate courses at Stony Brook University.