Private Workshop: Mississippi State University

August 28-31, 2018 — Please see your agenda for detailed times

A team from the Alda Center will visit Mississippi State 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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Alan Alda

Visiting Professor

Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award–winner, and Academy Award nominee, has acted in, written or directed many films and television programs, including M*A*S*H and the West Wing. He became interested in communication when a life-long interest in science led to his hosting Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years on PBS. On that show he helped hundreds of scientists around the world make their research clear to the public.

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Laura Lindenfeld, PhD

Executive Director

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®.

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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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Nicole Leavey, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Nicole is an assistant professor of practice and an Alda-certified instructor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She loves to connect research to practice while facilitating Alda Center experiential workshops. Nicole leads evaluation efforts for the different Alda Center curricula, and her research interests focus on scientists’ public engagement activities, science communication, and gender roles. She contributes to the Center’s evidence-based curriculum design process, and delivers communication workshops for scientists at academic and professional institutions. She holds a PhD in technology, policy and innovation from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Nancee Moes, MFA

Improvisation Lecturer

Flowing from her work as an Alda-certified instructor, Nancee’s special focus is on building online curricula for the Alda-Kavli Learning Center that explore new ways to create authentic engagement. Few things excite her more than fully embodied communication and she is thrilled to be able to help scientists connect to their passion, their bodies, and their audiences. Nancee graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State University with degrees in communication and writing. She completed her graduate work in dramaturgy at Stony Brook University.

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Celia Schaefer

Instructor

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.

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Radha Ganesan, PhD

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.

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Carla Jablonski

Instructor

By becoming an Alda-certified instructor, Carla merges her careers in the theater and in publishing into a satisfying holistic practice. She is an editor for major publishers as well as for individual clients, developing and honing stories of all types. An actor with an extensive background in Improv, Carla believes Improv teaches us how to be truly present and how to listen, both crucial to any form of successful communication. The Alda Center’s experiential, immersive curriculum excites and inspires her in every workshop. A widely published author, she was commissioned to write two books on science for children.

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Carol Schindler

Instructor

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.