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一道本不卡免费高清Kenkare-Mitra and other judges also emphasized that scientists today must be adept at communicating to politicians, policy makers, and investors, as well their scientific colleagues. Rounding out the judging panel were Eric Evans, PhD, chief scientific officer at Myriad Women’s Health, B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Moira Gunn, PhD, host of NPR’s Tech Nation and Biotech Nation, and Francesca Vega, UCSF’s new vice chancellor for Community and Government Relations. The initial 24 video entries were judged earlier by a separate panel of seven judges.

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Third-place winner Brian Chiou, PhD, with the emcee for the event, Dean Elizabeth Watkins. Photo by Susan Merrell

一道本不卡免费高清Deshpande and third-place winner Brian Chiou, PhD, both said the event forced them to up their game in science communication.

一道本不卡免费高清“I learned how hard it is and how immersed we all are in our research,” said Chiou. His talk described the importance of myelin, a substance that insulates some nerve cells and helps them conduct signals efficiently. People with multiple sclerosis (MS) have damaged myelin, which affects muscle use and coordination. Chiou is investigating a protein that stimulates production of myelin, which could mean fewer symptoms and slower disease progression for patients with MS.

一道本不卡免费高清“I’ve always had difficulty talking with my parents about my work. Now I see that we have to go outside of our research to more effectively communicate it to everyone else. That’s something I didn’t really appreciate before I did this.”

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Aparna Bhaduri, PhD, was awarded second place for her talk on jumping stem cells. Photo by Susan Merrell

Deshpande said honing his presentation taught him some new basic communication skills. “I’ve learned that just because you’re excited about something doesn’t mean others are excited. You have to find different angles to tell the same story and get other people interested in it.”

The evening’s other two winners researched different aspects of brain cancer. Aparna Bhaduri, PhD, who captured second place, told the audience about her work studying a subtype of stem cells that jump before they divide and may play a role in spreading glioblastomas, a type of brain tumor. People’s Choice champion Ziyang Zhang, PhD, talked about his efforts to better direct chemotherapy drugs in patients with brain cancer, so they attack only the tumor cells in the brain and not healthy cells in the body.

一道本不卡免费高清Not only did Slam participants take home new knowledge about communicating their work, the winners took home checks as well. Deshpande’s first place award was $3,000, and Bhaduri’s second place was $1,500. Chiou took home $1,000 and Zhang $750.

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People's Choice winner Ziyang Zhang, PhD, delivered a talk on how to better direct chemotherapy drugs in patients with brain cancer. Photo by Susan Merrell

The event was part of and also happened to fall on Rally for Medical Research Digital Advocacy Day, a national initiative to draw attention to the importance of National Institute of Health funding. Graduate student Leah Dorman was among those from UCSF’s Science Policy Group staffing a digital advocacy table at the Slam reception. “We want people to tweet at Congress and tell them we need to maintain robust NIH funding,” she said, “because the research we do here is saving lives.”

一道本不卡免费高清It was a fitting addition to an evening focused on the importance of being able to sling a succinct science message, whether in 140 characters or 180 seconds. People’s Choice winner Zhang sees the Postdoc slam as just one of many USCF efforts to help him hone those skills. “When I came here for my PhD, I didn’t think about communicating to people outside of science,” he said. “UCSF spends so much time and resources training us on this. Now it’s apparent to me how important science communication is.”

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