All posts by: Amy Damianakes

The Art of Making Your Audience Comfortable – A Conversation About Structure, Style and Strategy with Joshua White

“Speakers often focus on the technical content and forget about other cues, like visual and emotional cues. One important element is that you have to give people a feeling of the structure of a presentation to make them feel comfortable as […]

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Jay Davis on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry’s Impact on Medicine and The Importance of a Single Page of Text

“You have to have a social tolerance for the fact that you are going to talk past each other for a much longer time than is comfortable.  So that’s why you have to put it all on one sheet of […]

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Welcome to Championing Science

Science needs champions. We need scientists who can help Congress take a stand on important issues, or win the pitch for VC funding for a new energy source, or corral foundation grants to find the cure for Alzheimers. Scientific breakthroughs […]

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Richard Feynman and the O-Rings

In a brief demonstration in front of a Congressional committee, Richard Feynman shows that the Challenger disaster may have been caused by failed O-rings.  Simple, straightforward, and visual – although note that no member could have seen the demonstration, they […]

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Talking to Congress – take it slow!

A former senior congressional staff member told us that members love to talk to scientists because they like to understand new things and they are bright people who enjoy new information.  BUT scientists communicate poorly outside their discipline, and it […]

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