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."
Spring Semester Workshop Series Registration Open
Are you interested in making stronger connections with audiences? The Center for Communicating Science will present a series of workshops this semester intended to sharpen your skills of connection, whether in person, on social media, in writing, or with data.
Kwame Harrison: "Experiencing Blackness in Defiantly White Spaces—in a Car"
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!
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