The Scientific Talk Report Card
By Alan Marnett on August 1st, 2012
You: (In your head: “I’d rather count the number of salt granules required to make a liter of Tris buffer.”) Uh, sure.
And just like that, you’re signed up to listen to an unpolished talk and provide the critical feedback that will hopefully right the ship. Worse, your colleague invited that windbag from the lab down the hall who lives to hear the sound of their own voice. If only there was some way to provide structure to the feedback process. If only…
Introducing the Scientific Talk Report Card. If you’ve got a pen, a pulse, and a prefrontal cortex, you’re ready to go! Simply react to the sections of the talk as you hear them, grade them, and declare the fee for your services. It’s that simple. And if you have to run take care of a “very important experiment” just as the windbag opens their mouth – feel free to leave your report card behind.