Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

July 26, 2019 — Please see your agenda for detailed times and locations

A team from the Alda Center will visit the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard to help researchers learn to communicate more effectively with people outside their field, including the general public, policymakers, 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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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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Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA

Improvisation Lecturer

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. 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.