Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

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47 thoughts on “Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

  1. I know it’s off topic but is it Melissa Marshall who played Jenny Kelly in the tv show The girl from tomorrow in 1992 ?

  2. I can see a combine beginning already between technology, biology/chemists/physicists, and others. I study biotechnology. Do you think that there will be a cure for muscular dystrophy as some clinical trials have already began with a bit of in depth research on the internet. Also what does everyone think about the insulin epidemic in the USA? Trabeculae seems intriguing to learn more about too. However stronger bones or muscles can be a negative thing. In particular the effects of excessive hypertrophy on heart disease and cancer. Now if someone has a disease it would be interesting to see if the drug ace-031 I believe is the most up to date one for age related muscle disease was conducted in 2018. I think its important for us all to combine to learn from each other.

  3. Tldr: blonde airhead doesn't understand scientific terminology so yaps on about how we should talk to people like babies. There, I saved you 4 minutes of your lives.

  4. She's basically saying to dumb it all down.
    There was nothing wrong with that power point presentation. It had the facts and a little tidbit at the end. That image of the Eiffel Tower did not explain it's relevance at all.

  5. if your talking about cutting the bullet point and jargon your talking to 99 percent of college/university lectures since unfortunately that seems the predominant way to teach

  6. Content of this speech : « you, nerds, should do more efforts to be understood by normal people ».
    I dislike

  7. I am not sure if to laugh or cry. But I am going to argue that it is probably far more valuable and efficient to teach people to listen better than to talk more. Ps. What is the hashtag for brokenhearted engineers #mesquared ? Pps. Where can I get the Talk Nerdy To Me T-shirt?

  8. Simpler is a sort of refined version of any matter which is not good,ut's like the refined foods for our body which aren't the good ones!!!

  9. i am at highschool and we have to do a lot of presentations, in the past I always did these presentations this way but now the only presentations we have to do are about boring textbook stuff, we get about 3 days to make such a presentation and the absolute worst thing is that we always have to do these presentations together, it is much easyer to do it like in this video but the other kids in the group never agree 🙁

  10. This should be a product of relevance, not a quotient:
        [Science – (jargon + bullets) ] * Relevance * Passion

  11. The equation says that the less relevance there is, the more understanding people have. Doesn't make sense?

  12. Think about it, where do our funding come from? lots of them are from government, and that originated from taxpayers, and they have the right to know just what the hell we are doing with their money.

  13. she's not talking about the contents, she's talking about the languages we use. As a former tutor/TA I certainly find that using less technical words when necessary is much easier for students to understand the material of a specific field – which I think is the essence of education. She's just saying we should do that more often when educating the public what we do.

  14. You might not care, but that is a personal preference. The layman ultimately is responsible for the funding however, through their vote, so speaking their language is good. I don't have a physics degree, and yet I can totally read The Brief History of Time, and love the concepts involved. It is often said that if you can't explain what you do to a random person at the bar, you don't understand what you do. The brilliant and celebrated leaders in science are often great communicators.

  15. One important point to note, if I may. When you discuss with scientists how to communicate with non-scientists, it might be important not to use a graphic that originated from answers in genesis dot org.

  16. Ma'am, if you want to see behind the door in the rabbit hole, study science and frakkin' learn scientific jargon.
    "Oh, these magnificient brains with their cute ideas" says everything. Just my 2/100 Euros.

  17. ok, i understand that science can overwhelm those who have no experience in the field, if you ask me about why I want to study graphene or 2D materials, i can give you passion and simplify it as much as possible and still lose my friends when i talk to them. Is there a way of increasing scientific literacy and understand among the general public?

  18. Don't really want to be sexist here, but 'stories and analogies' are not what we men need to add in describing our thoughts, ideas and beliefs etc.
    ('thought experiments' suffice)

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