October 25, 2013 - 8:20am - Posted by Raquell

When you’re willing to be “out there”, brave in saying what you’re interested in, you have the chance of finding others doing something similar. Trained as a researcher, living in research centers and keeping a finger in publishing scientific reviews, chapters and articles, I am well aware of the weirdness of doing improvisational workshops with my colleagues. I often wake saying to myself, “what are you doing?”

August 10, 2013 - 7:48am - Posted by Raquell

I'm just about to leave a wonderful meeting, q-bio. I was invited to deliver one of my "improvisation for STEM professionals" workshops. It's essentially a community building, getting know each other as people workshop that's fun. The organizers were clearly interested in creating an environment where their participants could be comfortable, open and interested in each other as scientists and people.

July 16, 2013 - 1:04pm - Posted by Raquell

I’m having the experience of finding some very well kept secrets. Or perhaps they’re not such well-kept secrets as under-promoted activities. I’ll start where I am—at Arizona State University (ASU). A few weeks ago I came to visit ASU and the mentoring-outreach programs of Carlos Castillo Chavez. For many, or at least those in mathematics and applied mathematics, Carlos Castillo Chavez is no secret.

June 17, 2013 - 4:06pm - Posted by Raquell

Tomorrow I’ll be leading a workshop at the Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program at Arizona State University. It is part of the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (MCMSC) directed by Carlos Castillo Chavez and at which I am a newly appointed associate research professor. The workshop will be different than most lectures or talks delivered to these high achieving students from across Arizona and the Navajo Nation.

June 10, 2013 - 7:51am - Posted by reports

Contributed by Veronica A. Segarra, Ph.D. We scientists improvise all the time. Not just at the bench while designing and troubleshooting experiments, but also when strategizing how to best communicate our ideas to others in our departments, classrooms, and fields of research.

May 2, 2013 - 2:26am - Posted by Raquell

It's the third Friday of every month for the next few months: an opportunity to work with Carrie Lobman, director of pedagogy at the East Side Institute which developed the performance based approach that informs services provided by improvscience. A central belief to this approach is that human beings are active builders and creators of their lives.

March 29, 2013 - 6:54am - Posted by Raquell

I love going to conferences and discovering scientists who are playing. Yes, playing. As you know, I lead scientists in improvisation workshops. It is provocative. Scientists play? Yes...

March 11, 2013 - 9:23am - Posted by Raquell

As the wave of play and improvisation is sweeping the public sphere in creativity and innovation research and practices, it’s both exhilarating and frightening to ride the wave. I watched recently a brief interview with a surfer, Garrett McNamarra who looks for killer waves to ride. For me they would be killer waves, but in a number of articles or interviews they simply call them big waves. You know, “the monster”, some 60 to 90 feet high, that can crush a cruise ship or freighter.

January 27, 2013 - 5:32am - Posted by Raquell

“Science is poetry,” declares Abby Sciuto on NCIS “Cracked” (season 8, episode 6).  She is not the only one to think so. On Tuesday, Feb 5th at the 57th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting, Sherry Ann Brown, M.D., Ph.D. presents “Poetic Science: Enriching the biophysics and systems biology experience.” Her poster will be part of the meetings educational poster session.

January 1, 2013 - 12:15pm - Posted by Raquell

As we end 2012 and enter 2013, I am struck by the number of scientists and performance activists who are bringing performance and science together. Last year, as we entered 2012 I was excitedly and rapidly preparing a gathering of scientists, educators, health professionals and artists in Farmington, CT.


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