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Week 5 - Difficult Concept Presentations

Submitted by dnavon on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:39

Hi all!  Fantastic job with your difficult presentation concepts this week.  You were all brilliant!  Remember - practice makes perfect, and you're just starting out.  Keep practicing!   We're striving to develop narrative intuition, or an instinctive feel for what makes a good story.  You can find examples of good (and bad!) stories all over science as well as in society.  When you watch a presentation from here on out, try to challenge yourself to answer the following questions: What is the story they are trying to tell?  What's the goal of this research?  How are they achieving that goal? Could they have done a better job presenting this by making their story more concise, focused, and/or organized? When you find a particularly good storyteller, especially one in your field, make a note of it.  These are the people you should try to learn from!

I'll be sending you individual feedback on your presentations in individual emails this afternoon - so keep an eye out for that.  :) 

Next week, please try to think of some compelling questions to ask Dr. Goodek! What do you want to know about communicating with industry?  Even the future academics in the room may need to develop industry contacts at some point, especially as funding tightens.  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from someone who has successfully bridged that gap! This talk will be especially informative for the third of the class who mentioned wanting to go into industry (and for the several of you who were unsure). Remember, we will be in CAMPUS CENTER 174-76 for this talk.

And if you haven't already, take a look at the article David K. posted on last week's write-up.  Really interesting stuff!

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