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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O'Donnell, Parsons, and Stevenson Winners at Second Annual Nutshell Games

Twenty-seven Virginia Tech graduate students gave 90-second research talks at the second annual  Nutshell Games November 4. Capping a day of science fun and learning at the Virginia Tech Science Festival, this friendly science 

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Upcoming Events

Kwame Harrison: Ethnographic studies of Hip Hop

January 22, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

River Mill, 212 Draper Rd., Blacksburg

Watch this space for the next graduate student across-disciplines research presentation--with free ice cream!

We've got a variety of workshops in the planning stages--stay tuned!

Recent Events

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

Communicating science workshops for chemistry graduate and undergraduate students

October 4 and 11

Kelly Hall 310

Jake Socha: "Flying and Gliding: An Evolutionary Advantage"

November 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Marcella Kelly's research group: "Catching Carnivores Creatively: Using Poop and Cameras to Capture Clues about Elusive Animals"

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

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