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Voting Ends Today for PhD Comics Competion for Two-Minute Thesis

August 20th, 2012

Here’s the link.

The contest is about finishing PhD students being able to present their thesis to an educated layperson cogently in two minutes.  Personally, I know this is really hard to do for veteran scientists speaking with the public about broad topics, and must represent a special challenge to younger academics with less experience and narrow, jargon-filled niches.

I love the idea, however, and encouraging better communication with the public can only be a good thing, especially with newly minted PhDs.

There are a number of astronomy theses, and each one will only take two minutes to listen to, so take a listen and vote for the ones you like.

 

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