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Research Development Essential Skills: The Power of Story - Building Bridges to Your Research

Your research often depends on your ability to build relationships with people that are very different than you are. As the saying goes, "A story is the shortest distance between two people", and in this one hour interactive session you will be led through some joyful in-person experiences focused on approaches to communicating about research through narrative, metaphor, character, and by sharing vivid sensory and emotional details to build trust and ignite curiosity in public audiences.

This event is open to all Virginia Tech researchers and faculty and is offered in-person only. 

Research Development Essential Skills: The Power of Story: Building Bridges to Your Research

Oct. 5 | 1 - 2 p.m.

Kelly Hall Room 310

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Robyn Smyth at 540-231-1602 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Guest Speaker

Patricia (Patty) Raun



Patty Raun is a professor of performance and voice. Her primary goal is to promote positive transformation by developing healthy and varied voices - both literal and figurative - in individuals, institutions, and communities.

Currently, her research focuses on the use of the tools of the theatre to develop communication skills in science and technology professionals -- helping them discover ways to be more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive.  

Raun served as director of the School of Performing Arts from 2004 to 2016. Since August 2016 she has served as director of the Virginia Tech Center for Communicating Science.

About this series 

In January 2021, the Office of Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to help faculty in their journey to increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio. With events focused on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this series is intended to answer researchers' biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.

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