A team from the Alda Center will visit The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 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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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.
Dr. Temis G. Taylor is a Message Design Instructor and Science Communication Researcher at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As the Center’s lead on Climate Change Communication, she is an advocate for the development of communication skills as a pathway to reduce polarization and improve trust among scientists, the public, and policy makers. Her aim is to help scientists engage with stakeholders, decision makers, and colleagues by more effectively communicating their work across the broad range of knowledge, experience, worldviews, and values that people hold.
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.
Along with his work as an Alda-certified instructor, Terry’s theater background spans a career of 50 years. As the founder of Brooklyn’s Irondale Ensemble, he has taught hundreds of actors and non-actors to use improvisation as a tool of enhanced communication; building bridges that help us better understand each other. Aside from his continued work on stage, he can be sometimes be seen on TV. Terry also created To Protect, Serve and Understand, an improv training program for New York City police officers, to help them communicate more effectively with community members.
Josh is a lecturer in improvisation and an Alda-certified facilitator. Though he began working with the Alda Center in March 2019, he has been a professional theater and teaching artist since 2003. Josh is a staunch advocate for finding “play in everyday” and using this tool in applied improvisation techniques in conjunction with empathetic listening. Josh holds an MFA in theater from Sarah Lawrence College, is a performer with the Actors’ Equity Association, a puppeteer, and a beer nerd.