The Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research conference will return in 2017! You can join the organizing committee for this inspirational gathering! CESTEMER brings together creative professionals from many fields, focused on but not limited to STEM disciplines. The meeting builds community, facilitates collaboration, and celebrates the role of ensembles. To learn more or express interest, please e-mail cecommittee@improvscience.org.

The fall coaching group for the professional development of people in STEM-related fields, led by Dr. Raquell Holmes, is now open for registration. Three 90-minute online sessions are available and are being held on the third Monday of each month, beginning in October: 10/17, 11/21, 12/19. An introductory session will be held 10/3.

Dr. Holmes' relationship to the Bioinformatics program of Boston University is long, if not continuous. Along with improvscience performance director Mia Anderson of Mia Anderson Consulting, Dr. Holmes has been integrating performance coaching within the bioinformatics graduate seminar.

Can we perform our way to power?

The practice, understanding and appreciation for performance and play continue to grow, its appearance in science and other STEM areas being one example of its growth. Simultaneously, the world context in which performance spreads becomes more conflicted. The cultural/political crossroads in the world raise the question of power — how it is created and where the opportunities are for ordinary people to exercise power.  It is this perspective that inspired the theme of Performing the World 2016: Can We Perform Our Way To Power?

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