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1in10 Success Stories: Nicholas Gross

I have a Ph.D. in physics and have been focused on science education and communication for the last two decades. What I like best about science is sharing it with people, sharing the understanding of the world around us through the lens of science. This made working with Raquell a good and easy fit for me. I began working with her early in the development of improvscience.

1in10 Success Stories: Dorcas Brunson

I met Raquell Holmes in May 2010, three months before improvscience was born. Raquell had been given a grant to explore combining creativity and science. She began leading workshops to analyze the ideas she was shaping into a company.

1in10 Success Stories: Dr. Sandy Serizier

Dr. Holmes met Sandy at Boston University in the National Science Foundation sponsored program, GK-12, that prepares graduate students to become K-12 educators. Cynthia Brossman, director of LERNet, brought me in to coach students in how to perform as teachers.

1in10 Success Stories: Ilija Dukovsky

I am a scientist, having switched from Statistical Physics to Biophysics. I grew up in Northern Macedonia and came to the US in 1996 to attend the University of Amherst. After earning my PhD, I worked in industry for nine years. I am now a research scientist at BU, teaching graduate seminars in Bioinformatics.

1in10 Success Stories: Dion Paul

I first met Dr. Holmes at the SuperComputing Conference (SC13) in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was leading a workshop as part of the Broader Engagement program. This workshop would change my life. I was fascinated by how Raquell brought science, play and improvisation together, and experienced how looking through this lens allowed people to seamlessly engage with one another.

Keynote at AIN Conference 2019

Dr. Holmes will be a keynote speaker at the Applied Improvisation Network Conference that is being hosted by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SUNY Stony Brook. Hear what she has to say about improvscience and the AIN world conference in this interview with... 

Building Inclusive Environments Humanizes Science

We create scientific cultures. Do we create ones in which we can grow and develop? Creating work environments that include who we are—passionate, curious, playful human beings—is my passion. I have, and we can, create communities where inclusion fuels excellence, where win-win scenarios are the norm and one’s expertise and offerings do not require the exclusion of others.

Dr. Holmes writes about Moving Art and Science

Movement is created through choices we make on how we live, think, walk and work in the world. The choice may be simple, the impact unknown or unknowable. Yet, we can choose to move.

Social Innovation in Science

How do we grow the science community as an inclusive, creative, joyous and productive enterprise for those who choose to work in it?

Spotlight on an improvscientist: Neil Bardhan

Neil Bardhan is a workshop leader and designer with improvscience. He has his own consulting company, Bardhan Consulting, in which he offers related, yet distinct, services.