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.

December 10, 2012 - 7:32am - Posted by Raquell

As I have continued to develop scientists ability to work with each other and to see the possible collaborative ensembles, Silvia Crivelli has been organizing change. In words, it is simple. She invited protein folding scientists to collaborate...They succeeded!!!

November 1, 2012 - 7:46am - Posted by Raquell

I arrived in New York City on Oct. 3rd for a week filled with performance. It started with the class led by one of the Principals of Performance of a Lifetime, Maureen Kelly. The  class “Let's Improvise! Bringing Innovations in Ensemble-Building to Coaches, Teachers & Facilitators (and anyone who works with groups)” was one of the many classes and training opportunities offered by the East Side Institute.

August 19, 2012 - 6:36pm - Posted by reports

On July 29, 2012 future and current junior scientists gathered in Arlington, VA for their first interactive leadership development workshop. For many scientists in areas of computational science, it’s rare to receive the invitation to explicitly develop their leadership skills as part of their graduate and early career training. In this case, leadership development was at the fore of their workshop on Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.

July 20, 2012 - 10:49am - Posted by Raquell

I had the opportunity to see a wonderful panel on play. It was part of the business meeting of AERA 2012 Cultural Historical. If more business meetings were more often like this one, we would probably look forward to them. The room was filled with serious players.


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