Improvisation in Graduate Science Education: What's the Use?

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Grand Ballroom B (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Valeri Lantz-Gefroh , Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Valeri Lantz-Gefroh will describe how “Improvisation for Scientists,” an innovative program pioneered by Alan Alda, uses improvisational theater exercises to help young scientists speak more spontaneously and be more responsive to lay audiences. As lead improv instructor at Stony Brook University, she teaches workshops and courses for graduate students and post-docs and has been using improv, integrated with other communication techniques, to help TAs become more effective teachers.