Private Workshop: Virginia Sea Grant

May 21-23, 2019 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

A team from the Alda Center will visit the Virginia Sea Grant 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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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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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Lydia leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and world, helping them to build their communication skills through improvisation and other theater practices. As a member of the Alda Center’s creative team, Lydia designs new curricula and teaches graduate courses at Stony Brook University. She previously taught acting, movement, and performance at Stony Brook, and her wealth of experience as an actor and theater-maker informs her work as an Alda-certified instructor and assistant professor of practice at the Alda Center. Communication has always been central to Lydia's career, and the importance of forging connections between STEM and medical professionals and others inspires her every day.

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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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Temis Taylor, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

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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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Josh Rice, MFA

Improvisation Lecturer

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.