The Center for Communicating Science:

The art of connecting across difference

The Center for Communicating Science  creates and supports opportunities for scientists, scholars, health professionals, and others to develop their abilities to communicate and connect. Our differences, whether they be racial, cultural, religious, education level, academic discipline, or research specialty, can divide us. But such differences also enrich our lives, broaden our perspectives, and strengthen our collaborations. Arts tools and practices can be used to bridge these divisions, helping participants  to learn to listen deeply, interact personally, directly, spontaneously, and responsively, and express themselves vividly. It is our intention to deepen human interaction, strengthen empathy and awareness of others, and develop collaborative team and leadership capacities in students, faculty, and industry and community partners.

A message from Alan Alda on the opening of the Center: "I'm delighted to know that the founding of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech is inspired by the work we do at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. It's my dream that innovative techniques for teaching communication will make the relationship between science and the public one that's close, warm, and exciting. I congratulate Virginia Tech as it strikes out on that path."


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Center Names Faculty Fellows

We welcome Elizabeth Allen, Meaghan Dee, and Cassandra Hockman, who are joining us this year as Faculty Fellows to help scientists, scholars, health professionals, and others develop their abilities to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

The center's Faculty Fellow program is intended to 

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Upcoming Events

"Catching Carnivores Creatively: Using Poop and Cameras to Capture Clues about Elusive Animals"

Researchers from Marcella Kelly's fisheries and wildlife research group 

October 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rising Silo Brewery, 2351 Glade Rd, Blacksburg, VA


Open to Nutshell Games participants and other graduate students

Tuesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Moss Arts Center


Open to all presenters for the Virginia Tech Science Festival: Come play with us and learn to communicate more personally, directly, spontaneously, and responsively.

Friday, October 20, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moss Arts Center learning studio

The second annual Nutshell Games--90-second research presentations--will be held in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Science Festival at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, November 4, in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center. Open to the public free of charge.

Recent Events

Communicating science workshops for chemistry graduate and undergraduate students

October 4 and 11

Kelly Hall 310

Abi Tyson: ""Transforming Football Helmet Design" 

September 25, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Marc Stern: "How to Build Trust" 

August 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nutshell Games winners Caitlin Colleary, Anza Mitchell, and Max Ragozzino

May 6, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rising Silo Brewery, 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg