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 12,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 40,000 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

Dr. Nicole J. Leavey is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology, Policy and Innovation from Stony Brook University, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests focus on public engagement actions of scientists, science communication training and gender roles. She also contributes to evidence-based curriculum design and delivers communication training for scientists at both academic and professional institutions.

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Nancee Moes, MFA

Improvisation Instructor

Nancee Moes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University with degrees in both Communication and Writing, and she completed her graduate work in Dramaturgy at Stony Brook University.  Nancee received the '17-'18 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Few things excite her more than embodied connection, and she is thrilled to be able to connect this passion with helping scientists engage audiences in their community, in other fields, and in the world at large.

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Celia Schaefer

Improvisation Instructor

Celia Schaefer is an Alda Center Improvisation Instructor. She is also a New York-based actor, working on stage and in film and television, and a teacher at the independent professional actor training center, the McCaskill Studio.

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Radha Ganesan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice & Message Design Lead

Radha Ganesan has been working in the areas of Education and Training for the past 13 years. She comes with extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development learning experiences for a wide range of sectors.

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Carla Jablonski

Improvisation Instructor

Carla Jablonski is an actor, writer, and editor with extensive experience in several forms of improvisation. She is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Vassar College (BA: Anthropology), and New York University (MA: Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts Administration, Cultural Studies, and Playwriting). 

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Carol Schindler

Carol Schindler has been a creative director, writer and speech coach for corporate conferences for the past 25 years. She has worked in every area of the corporate world from pharmaceutical, high tech, service industries and financial institutions.