Using Improv to Communicate Science

Two rows of MSU faculty practice improv skills as part of a workshop on communicating science.
Photo by Megan Bean

Mississippi State researchers test their improv skills as part of an exercise during a Wednesday [Nov. 20] workshop on communicating science. Sponsored by MSU's Office of Research and Economic Development, the workshop included a formal presentation and two breakout sessions led by Jason Organ, an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Organ, who is also the co-editor for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Communication Blog, taught participants the importance of distilling a complex message down to more effectively communicate with people inside and outside a scientific discipline.