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Noontime Seminar Descriptions:

Monday: "Do you have what it takes to network successfully?"
Valery Forbes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

You‘ve prepared your conference presentation, practiced it in the mirror and in front of your lab mates a million times, and are finally ready to present your results at SETAC. All of a sudden you find yourself face-to-face with that big-name professor whose papers have had a major influence on your work, including some of the work you’re about to present. How do you introduce yourself and your research quickly before they head the other way? What do you say to strike up conversation while not appearing like you don’t know anything and at the same time not selling yourself short? In this noon-time seminar, we will use interactive methods and group problem solving to find solutions to some of the most common networking situations that you will find yourselves in as graduate students. You will learn how to talk about your research in 30 seconds or less (the "elevator speech”) and how to talk to your science hero, or the person you want to work for, in a way that will get you remembered for the right reasons.

Wednesday: "Blogging about science: Sharing your data in a new way”
Sustainable Nano Group panel, University of Wisconsin

Writing is a task that many graduate students dread: the boring, ho-hum way that science is written, the endless strings of citations and "therefore,” in every paragraph, and the feeling that no one will ever care about the data you spent countless hours in the lab working to get. What if there was a way to make your science not only more engaging to readers`, but was also informative to people outside of science? In this noon-time seminar, an experienced panel of students and researchers will share tricks of the trade on how to write about science in a blog format. Members of the Sustainable Nano group have successfully used their blog to share their findings with the world (http://sustainable-nano.com) and this panel discussion will provide insights and tips for you to be at the forefront of implementing this new format for sharing your science.


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