“Student competition sessions” at conferences are weird

Image: Part of the conference programme for the 2016 International Congress of Entomology. I’m never surprised when I open up the programme for a conference and see a “Student Competition Session” – a bunch of grad (or sometimes, undergrad) student talks gathered together and judged for prizes*.  Not surprised, but mystified, because I find this […]

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Help! What term should we be using for a “lay audience”?

Stephen Jay Gould quote from izquotes.com Over the years, I’ve frequently needed to refer to that set of people who are not trained as scientists.  It comes up in “broader impacts” sections of grants, in proposals to support science communication activities, in discussions of how to motivate societal and political support for science, and lots […]

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