It is great to have someone like Raquell who can help scientists grow. She is a resource for any research environment looking to build an innovative and nurturing environment. Any group is fortunate to work with her. 

My work has always involved a lot of going back and forth between two groups of scientists, bone biologists and cell biologists. I present aspects of these fields in my research, giving a solid physiological context to my work. Learning improvisation has helped me to effectively interact with, and communicate my ideas to both worlds.

I’m so amazed. Six months  later, and I can still see our group using what we learned to work better together. People don’t bicker like they used to and they’re able to say things to each other without hurting each others feelings or worrying about it so much.

Raquell is truly outstanding in engaging and motivating folks to connect with one another and her use of improvisation to do so works extremely well for our SC audience. Having Raquell lead improv exercises as part of the sc10 volunteer and broader engagement orientation was a clear win for everyone. New friendships were being made that would go well beyond the conference. it's a wonderful thing to have a bit of magic in the midst of our scientific endeavors. Raquell's work helps transform a room from a group of strangers to a growing community.

In this conference (Computational Cell Biology) we wanted to spend 1-2 hours doing something different than sitting in the auditorium and listening to more talks. If we would have just announced a free afternoon, most people would either check their emails, work, or spend time with people they already know. Instead, we invited Raquell to lead an improvscience workshop on the second day of the meeting. This workshop transformed our meeting from groups of strangers to excited and creative collaborators. It was fun, engaging and helped create new channels for communication between everyone. It provided a unique flavor to our meeting, which we all enjoyed tremendously. 

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