Recently, I had the opportunity to address students and faculty of the Center for Science Policy and Outreach at Arizona State University. Often I am speaking with researchers in computing sciences, life sciences, areas of physics to chemistry and mathematics. Many of them are part of a growing professional community that will be present at the Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research conference in Berkeley, CA June 10-12, 2015. In this case, the interdisciplinary group I addressed largely consisted of social scientists and academics in the field of humanities. This group of professionals have an understanding of performance as described by Goffman's, The Presentation of Every Day Life.
In this talk, I present how STEM professionals are engaged in creating new professional performances. My own learning of performance come from the practical Social Therapeutic work of the All Stars Project and East Side Institute who invite young people and adults to create new life performances. For improvscience and a growing body of STEM professionals the focus is on creating our profession and professional lives as an inclusive, creative and collaborative endeavor. In this talk, you meet some of the mathematicians, biochemists and educators who explore the benefits of performance in STEM fields.