Science communication was in the spotlight during the 2017 Research Dialogues event, which took place at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga April 11-12.
The two-day event celebrating research, scholarship and the arts included three competitions where student and faculty researchers had only minutes to offer a compelling plain English description of their work. They included an undergraduate lightning round competition, a 3 Minute Thesis competition for graduate students, and an Elevator Pitch competition for faculty.
As a science communication geek, I love that this university puts on an event like this and focuses attention not only on the research – but also how the research is communicated.
Check out the winners!
Undergraduate Lightning Round (rules)
(The sound was improved for 3MT and faculty presentation)
1st – Reed Boeger, Studying Vibrio cholera Adaptations to Improve Cholera Prevention
2nd – William Harden, Reducing Post Operation Rates of Infection During Surgical Irrigation in the Plastic Surgery Operating Room for Breast Augmentation / Reconstruction
3rd – Cullen Harris, The Status and Conservation of the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis): Is it Functionally Extinct?
1st – Drake Terry, A Noble Task: Work Stress, Sense of Coherence, and Work-Nonwork Conflict in Christian Ministers.
2nd – Damon Sowers, Influence of Concussion History on Reactive Agility Performance among Elite Boxers and Wrestlers
3rd – Cynthia Shaffer, Increasing Access to Fresh Produce in Food Deserts in Chattanooga
Faculty Elevator Speech Competition (rules)
1st – Arts & Humanities: Professor Laurie Melnik, The Art of Balance: Caring for Patient and Physician
1st – Cognitive & Social Sciences: Dr. Morgan Cooley, Foster Parent Resilience: Relevant Factors, Importance, and Family Impact
1st – STEM: Dr. DeAnna Beasley, Invisible Life: Exploring Pathogen Diversity in an Urban Environment
1st – Health: Dr. Cecelia Wigal, Communicating for Independence (Also Grand Prize Winner)
The full agenda for both days of the 2017 Research Dialogues is available online.
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