Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Invitation: Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - Plenary Session: April 7 or April 8 from 8:30-10 am Riggs Alumni Center

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

April 7 and 8, 2016
8 am to 10 am
Riggs Alumni Center, Crist Boardroom
Capacity: 85 seated
Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

The Division of Research has invited the Alda Center to conduct 2 one-day workshops (identical workshops over 2 days) at UMD.  These workshops will provide a broad overview of the concepts developed by Mr. Alda himself (Alan Alda on the art of science communication: 'I want to tell you a story').

8:00 - 8:30am: Breakfast and Check-in 
8:30 -10:00am: Opening Plenary

Interactive Opening Plenary 1.5 hours
This interactive session introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, 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 practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work and may be actively engaged in improvisation exercises or explaining scientific material to lay people.

Please contact Tara Burke at with any questions.

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