Improvisation for Scientists

Sunday, 16 February 2014: 9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Grand Ballroom F (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
This innovative program, pioneered by Alan Alda, is taught at Stony Brook University to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and teaching assistants, and in workshops across the country. The purpose of improvisation is not to teach scientists to become actors or comedians, but to become more available to the needs of their audience so they are free to respond with openness, flexibility, and awareness. Improvisational games help to engage the scientist on a personal level, helping them tap into their passion when talking about science, and encouraging the use of storytelling. The process teaches that passionate connection with science isnít inappropriate when talking to the public Ė it is imperative.
Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, Stony Brook University