Here’s a video of me giving a seminar at the 2009 celebration of Charles Darwin’s 150th birthday at Stony Brook University.
This week Dartmouth formally partnered with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University, in our efforts to teach scientists how to better communicate their science to the public and to each other. To celebrate the establishment of this partnership, Alan Alda visited Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow, along with Elizabeth Bass, the Director of the Alan Alda Center. Their approach uses improvisational exercises to teach scientists how to be aware of their audience, make a more direct connection with their audience, and understand the language that is needed to make that connection.
Last spring, Nancy Serrell (Director of Science and Technology Outreach) and three Dartmouth faculty took one of the Center’s courses. This motivated Nancy to bring this approach to teaching communication to scientists at Dartmouth. This term, Nancy, Christian Kohn (Lecturer in the Department of Theater), Gifford Wong (a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences), and I are teaching the result of her vision – a graduate course in Communicating Science that is modeled on the courses and workshops offered at the Center at Stony Brook. Mr. Alda taught our class during his visit. He also taught a Master Class to Dartmouth faculty, and visited two undergraduate classes while here, among other activities during a jam-packed two-day visit. (I think he also attended the Homecoming Bonfire on Friday night.)
Here are a few photos from his leading the Master Class with faculty and our graduate class.