Turning the Paper into a Talk
- Assessing the audience.
Don't bore them, but don't omit essential details.
Enhance technical level of talk over that of paper
so this audience takes something new away.
Audiences expect illustrations with occasional sound bits.
Seek out and develop good visual material to illustrate points.
Web is a good place to search. Many images can be manipulated.
(Tools: xv, scanners, Photoshop. Ask friends for help.)
Emphasize figures for biggest positive impact on talk's success.
The old adage -- a young professor covers a lot; an old professor
uncovers a little -- is good to keep in mind. Restrict your topics
so you can do a good job on them: effective, clear communication.
- Take home message
- What do you want the audience to carry away?
- What one thing? Is there a need for two or three messages?
- Do sentence outline (one main point per viewgraph).
- Then revise it.
- the point of each viewgraph;
- the order to lead inexorably to planned take-home message.
Put main point as headline on vg -- written to fit on single line.
Turning Short Papers into 10-Minute Talks (3-5 viewgraphs)
- Jeff Brocketti: Parallax
- All will understand trigonometric parallax. Can technical
level be upgraded to include indirect approaches:
spectroscopic parallax; parallaxes of a star of a proper
motion and apparent magnitude; distribution of proper motions
and tangential velocities.
- Pat Collins: Aerogels
- The technical level can be upgraded in a number of ways:
more details on thermal insulation physics and its usefulness;
why bluish tint decreases effectiveness and how this might be
overcome; one or two good applications.
- Gary Damico: Quark substructure
- Perhaps the most interesting aspects is how physicists analyze
small amounts of data to suggest breakdowns in the standard
model; how the scientific community reaches a consensus of
validity of analysis. Alternately, is there relatively simple
physics to explain how theory estimates high-energy tail in data?
- Jennifer Donaldson: slapshot physics
- Technical level could be ratcheted up for classmates to
understand all the elements of the slapshot. Alternately a more
challenging example of sports physics may be for effective.
- Matt Jones: quantum mechanics and reality
- This general paper would be more effective in talk form if you
could develop a specific example that illustrated all features:
(i) conflict between relativistic and quantum mechanical
measurements; (ii) hidden variable; (iii) many-world approach.
- Robert Kennedy: Structure and automotive safety
- Technical upgrade could include figures on effectiveness of
conventional and side airbags, shift of children seating
position, where forces are concentrated. Be careful not to
be too gruesome.
- Doug Long: Kuiper belt
- Since someone else is doing extra-solar planets, perhaps
you might concentrate on theories of solar system origin,
which you could illustrate in terms of information now
available on extra-solar planets.
- Michael Loomis: physics of vocal sound
- Perhaps physics might be illustrated if organized around
exceptional singers with two separate tones or exceptional
ranges, laryngeal mechanisms for basic registers: chest,
- Steven Marusa: quantum teleportation
- Clear away the misconceptions from scifi; simplify
teleportation from that of matter to quantum information.
Concrete experiment could illustrate all main points.
- Chow-Choong Ngeow: Extra-solar planets
- Technical detail needed for clear estimate of luminosity, distance,
mass and nature of orbits.
- Stanley Phillips: radiation treatment of tumors
- Physics and chemistry of ionizing radiation is a rich topic
in itself. Achieving selectivity for tumors is another.
- Elena Vianello: solar neutrinos
- Kinds of neutrinos could be reviewed and how different
masses could affect thermonuclear solar processes.
Trick will be to limit topics so one or two are clearly
- Jordan Vincent: monitoring nuclear test
- Many technical directions are possible. How seismic waves
distinguish various kinds of seismic activity? How the
magnitude and direction of the event is estimated?
- Eric Weingartner: stealth technology
- Ratchet up technological explanations taking advantage of shared
knowledge of electricity and magnetism.