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December 18, 2020 - 11:08am - Posted by isassist

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.

December 18, 2020 - 11:01am - Posted by isassist

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.

June 11, 2019 - 10:38am - Posted by isassist

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... 

April 10, 2019 - 5:45pm - Posted by isassist

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.

October 10, 2018 - 12:22pm - Posted by cestemer

We are happy to announce that the CFP for the Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research (CESTEMER) 2019 conference is now open! Join us in New York City as we push the boundaries of what it means to be a scientist, performer, artist, or educator and how we can play at the intersections of our identities.

October 8, 2018 - 2:08pm - Posted by isassist

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.

May 16, 2018 - 5:42pm - Posted by isassist

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

May 15, 2018 - 3:58am - Posted by Raquell

To do improvisational theater together, one has to build an environment in which it is okay for adults to be silly and weird with one another. It is risky to play in professional settings. We work years on creating our professional character and to do something that is counter to that character is to take a risk. An important quality of risk-forward environments is being able to fail.

March 12, 2018 - 1:33pm - Posted by isassist

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.

February 23, 2018 - 9:47am - Posted by Raquell

I have always wanted to be a scientist in a position to counter the misuse of science or science-like studies. Although I did not know of his work at the time, I wanted to be my version of Clair Patterson (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey). For me, there were two scientific “misuses” that shaped my desire for a scientific career: The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J.

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