A team from the Alda Center will visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst 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
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.
Marcy McGinnis is a professional career and life coach and a communications trainer. Her areas of concentration include the scientific and media industries. She is an award-winning television news network and cable senior executive with university journalism school administrative and academic experience. She was instrumental in the creation of the Center for News Literacy, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, all housed at Stony Brook University.
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.
Improvisation Instuctor, Actor
Terry is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s Irondale Ensemble Project where he is also an actor and the Executive Director. He has performed in more than 60 roles with the company, and is a creator of most of Irondale’s original plays and education programs. Away from Irondale he has performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Cincinnati Playhouse, in Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Three Sisters, directed by John Doyle.