Communication classes from Hollywood

I have just been reading about a rather dramatic method of helping scientists communicate.

Alan Alda, the Hollywood actor best known for his roles in MASH and the West Wing is giving scientists improvisation lessons.

At the Centre for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, New York., Mr Alda has been helping graduate science students improve their communication skills through theatrical games and improvisation methods. The aim is not to run them into actors but to help them speak more openly and freely with the public. One student said that the course had made her “focus more on who I’m talking to and less on what I’m talking about…… and it becomes easier for them to follow my explanation and become excited by it”.

Read more and watch the man in action here.

Esther Crooks

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