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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Message Design Faculty
Dr. Brenda MacArthur is Message Design Faculty and Health Communication Research Lead in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. With a background in communication, health care, and curriculum design and assessment, Dr. MacArthur brings a unique perspective to designing and delivering evidence-based communication training for scientists and medical professionals. Much of Dr. MacArthur’s work is translational and centered on the intersection of health and instructional communication to improve the quality and continuity of health care for patients and improve health outcomes for patients and communities.
Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and around the world enhancing their communication skills through improvisation and theatre techniques. Lydia is an associate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a lecturer in the School of Journalism, and an actor and theatre-maker. As a member of the Alda Center creative team, she helps develop curricula and teaches the graduate courses at Stony Brook University.
Nancee Moes is a teacher, director, and performer. When she's not working on new curricula she teaches undergraduate and graduate students, pushing them to develop skills in presence, audience connection, and personal investment. She is also the coordinator for Science Unplugged, a program where she coaches 30 minute talks that Stony Brook graduate researchers develop about their work, then 'tour' in local high schools.
Message Design Faculty
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. She is passionate about helping 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.
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.
Josh is a Lecturer at Stony Brook University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and professional development workshops in improvisation, to scientists and medical professionals, through the Alda Center. For the last fifteen years, he has been a theatre maker, improviser and teaching artist, working all over the world as a performer, director, and teacher.