Workshops by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University

July 16, 2019

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is hosting two workshops presented by Radha Ganesan of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science empowers scientists and health professionals to communicate complex topics in clear, vivid, and engaging ways; leading to improved understanding by the public, media, patients, elected officials, and others outside of their own discipline.

Connection is a Choice - Introduction Workshop

9:00AM - 10:30AM, Allendale Campus, Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-Purpose Room

This interactive session introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to nonscientists, about what you do and why it matters. The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication. Participants will be actively engaged in improvisation exercises and will practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work. This session is open to all GVSU faculty, staff, and students.

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The Principles: Building Some Basics - Advanced Workshop

11:00AM - 12:30PM, Allendale Campus, 2266 Kirkhof Center

Inspired by Alan Alda’s statement that, “… real listening is the willingness to let the other person change you,” this interactive session will introduce you to the Alda Method™, a sequence of improvisational theater techniques developed to help you speak more vividly and expressively about your research. The Alda Method™ helps you to create common ground and use conversational language to foster more genuine connections with your audience. The techniques introduced hours will help you focus on listening, relating, ordering information and defining meaningful goals to make your message stick. Space is limited. Workshop participants should also attend the introductory workshop. Preference is given to current faculty and student researchers in OURS summer research programs. Additional seats will be extended to active STEM research faculty and student research collaborators.

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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. She has worked in the international development sector in the South Asia and African region for seven years, focusing on technology integration, instructional design, curriculum design and training (formal and informal programs). She has worked with universities in the United States, the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), World Bank and the USAID. She has a doctorate degree in instructional design, development and evaluation as well as a M.S. degree in educational program evaluation from the school of education, Syracuse University and an M.Ed. in special education from the teacher’s college, University of Cincinnati.

Radha Ganesan

Radha Ganesan