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Performance, Science and Science Education

Improvscience is a pioneering firm, bringing performance and improvisation to improve communication, collaboration and diversity in STEM fields.

We're pleased to continue building community with our next big event in Berkeley, the Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research (CESTEMER) conference, June 10-12th. Join us!

CESTEMER has multiple facets to it with professional development workshops, innovative outreach, and the all-inclusive, participatory Share Faire. Check out the full set of abstractsRegister today to participate in this amazing conference experience! Here's a sample of what you'll find.
Warm regards,
Raquell M. Holmes, Ph.D.
Founder, Director

Communicating Science

Sarah Dewitt, NASA's Communication Officer, and Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, Improvisation Coordinator in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science present on their efforts to engage scientists and build a culture of communication.


photo credit: Renee Fister (ICLUB)

Professional Development

Jenifer Alonzo of Old Dominion University will lead, “Acting for Scientists”. Participants will acquire tools to improve their verbal communication skills, through exercises and games. One aspect of the workshop is for each scientist to develop an authentic character.

Creating Conversations

With improvisation principles as a basis, Raquell Holmes and Nick Gross of improvscience will host, “Creating Conversations in STEM Classrooms”. Learn to increase participation and inclusion in the science classroom. Participants will discuss possible direct applications in lectures, labwork, and other course settings.

Outreach & Performance

Jeremy Hoffman from Oregon State will present on flash mobs as a method to increase informal science learning. Shaila Kotadia of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center integrates dance with synthetic biology for a truly interdisciplinary experience. She will lead participants to perform in a workshop. 

Performing in Industry

What do improvisation, play and performance have to offer industry or national labs? Elizabeth Bautista of NERSC and Amy Shutkin, Natera, Inc. will each share their processes for developing creative working teams in operations and R&D.

Inclusion Across Communities

Arlene Evangelista and Loretta Cheeks, Ph.D. candidates in mathematics education and computer science at ASU each will discuss their work to promote inclusion and student development with collaboration and performance.  Likewise, Dr. Elouise Joseph of the All Stars Project is set to explore how STEM professionals can connect through performance with youth and others who might not otherwise relate to such fields.  


These descriptions provide just a few examples of the offerings at the conference. The Share Faire is accepting submissions until May 31st. CESTEMER is sure to be a memorable, educational, FUN experience for everybody involved. You can register today online to be part of it!
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