Highlights

It is always a joy to bring improvscience to new audiences. The Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research (CESTEMER) conference will be June 10-12 in Berkeley, and we're excited to be a part of it! Raquell Holmes and Nick Gross will lead the Creating Conversations in STEM Classrooms workshop on Thursday.

February 18-21, 2015: Holmes and Tim Hickey, founders of the New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium, will lead attendees at the Tapia Conference in a discussion to foster Taking Action to Increase Diversity in Computing.

Are you exploring, researching, or practicing performance in science? Join us for Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research 2015 presented by improvscience and hosted by UC Berkeley TRUST Center.

Oct 29th, Nicholas Gross talks on the role of improvisation for conversation and communication in STEM classrooms in the Boston University, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Series.

Wednesday, Oct 1st at 12 p.m. as part of the Consortium on Science, Policy and Outcomes, Dr. Holmes will be giving a talk on why scientists are creating new, experimental social spaces in which to talk about and do science. These spaces include hacker-spaces, DIY labs, Dance your Ph.D., science communication challenges (ACS Chemistry Champs), free access publications, and massive collaborations? How do we understand the emergence of these socio cultural events and norms?

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference held annually is this July 14-18th. Meet the XSEDE Scholars and students of the XSEDE program as they participate in the XSEDE conference and an improvscience interactive challenge.

The annual retreat of the Boston University Bioinformatics program held this year at the Marine Biological Laboratory, gave me an opportunity to return home. Home to two research sites that have played a role in my own professional development. The MBL Physiology Course with Tom Pollard, Andrew Murray and others laid the foundation for many friendships and future collaborations.

One of my frequent activities is providing mentoring workshops for women and minorities in science. This includes my online webinar for the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) led by Richard Tapia of Rice University. ELA introduces women and minorities in computing, math and sciences to computational science and high performance computing.

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