Bats and bubbles, flying snakes and airfares, microdroplets and nano-pills: Where can you learn about 28 research projects in 42 minutes? At the second annual Nutshell Games, of course! Capping a day of science fun and learning at the Virginia Tech Science Festival, this friendly science communication competition will be held at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, November 4, at the Moss Arts Center.
Graduate student contestants will each have 90 seconds to present their research to the audience. Three winners–the speakers determined by a panel of judges to have been the most engaging and to have communicated their research the most clearly–will each receive a $500 prize.
With an emphasis on communicating to a public audience, the Nutshell Games will be judged by Blacksburg mayor Ron Rordam, popular AP biology teacher at Blacksburg High School Larry Hawkins, 7th grader Carrie Hibbert, dean of graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, associate provost for the arts Ruth Waalkes, Virginia Tech chemistry alumnus Dr. Bob Whitton, and special guest Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor in the department of mathematics, science and technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Emdin also will be giving a free public lecture Saturday evening.
The Nutshell Games attracts applicants from across the university. Contestants this year represent the colleges of engineering, science, architecture and urban studies, natural resources and environment, agriculture and life sciences, and liberal arts and human sciences as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Hosted by the Center for Communicating Science and held in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Science Festival, the Nutshell Games will take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center at the conclusion of the day-long Science Festival.