Nutshell Games Participant Wins Presentation Award with Nutshell Video

Ruoding Shi (right) with her mentor Susan Meacham at VCOM’s Via Research Recognition Day (photo courtesy of Ruoding Shi).

Ruoding Shi, a 2018 GRAD 5144 (Communicating Science) student and Nutshell Games participant, won first place in the Educational Research Graduate Student Poster Competition at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)’s 2019 Via Research Recognition Day February 22 with the video of her 90-second Nutshell Games talk.

With her mentor Susan Meacham, Shi had prepared a conference abstract titled “Communicating Science, Telling the Story” for the 14th annual VCOM event, where her video and abstract competed with other research presentations.

Shi’s research abstract describes the presentation style of Nutshell Games talks: “This video shares the enhanced effectiveness of using communication skills, audiovisual technology and creativity to share science and reach out to ‘preach beyond the choir’. The presentation style differs from the data laden technical format and employs personal stories, physical props, and displays the skills acquired in graduate education emanating from credit course work and participation in the ‘Nutshell Games’ sponsored by the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech.”

Shi’s Nutshell Games presentation video, in which she describes her research on deaths from respiratory diseases in coal-mining counties, played all day at the event.

“While the ‘bottom line’ is clearly articulated in a 90-second video with one prop allowed,” the abstract concludes, “the presentation relays credible science supported by the expertise and hours invested in economic modeling, statistical analysis and attention to detail shared in the traditional format of science.”

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