Posts Tagged ‘graduate students’
OK…this might sound a little childish, but I bet that many of you have felt the same way at one time or another. Sometimes, when I’m alone in the lab, I pretend that my pipette is a weapon and I wield my pipette like John Wayne at the OK Corral. Am I alone? I think not!
Let’s face it, there are many scientists who are brilliant at the bench but tongue tied at the presenter’s podium. Unfortunately, while graduate school may adequately prepare students for a life of research, not enough emphasis is placed on improving communication skills which can be used to explain complicated research projects to the lay public. That is why it is refreshing to learn that schools such as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine have created competitions with the express goal of improving scientific communication.
To learn about other fantastic efforts aimed at improving scientific communication, read Science Speak which was published in the Scientists earlier this month.