Mark Your Calendars! National Geographic Live, Nutshell Games Set for Fall

Nutshell Games speaker Toria Herd, a young white woman, is onstage with her title slide behind her. It reads: How Does the Family Environment Help Angsty Teens Learn to Control Their Emotions?
Psychology graduate student Toria Herd competing in the 2018 Nutshell Games.

Whoever thought we’d be seeing “National Geographic” and “Nutshell Games” together in the same headline? We’ve got two exciting events lined up for fall, and although National Geographic will not be part of the Nutshell Games, both events will feature opportunities to communicate and learn about science.

On September 17, the Moss Arts Center is hosting National Geographic Live: “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice,” featuring underwater photographer David Doubilet and aquatic biologist and photojournalist Jennifer Hayes. They’ll be sharing their adventures and photos from their National Geographic work in three unique marine environments. For more information, see the National Geographic website; for tickets, visit the Moss Arts Center website.

As a pre-event to the National Geographic Live presentation, Center for Communicating Science affiliated faculty Daniel Bird Tobin, Nicole Dietze, and Al Evangelista will be performing pieces that they developed in collaboration with Coastal@VT researchers. The performances will take place in the Moss Arts Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 17, with the National Geographic live event beginning at 7:30 p.m.

And we are happy to announce that we’ll again be holding the Nutshell Games as part of the Science Festival at Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 16, at the Moss Arts Center.

This friendly presentation competition gives graduate researchers 90 seconds to explain their research to a public audience and a panel of judges. Prize money for three winners, the opportunity to share one’s work from a world-class stage, and lots of applause from a rapt crowd combine to make the Nutshell Games a great experience for graduate students. As for the audience, where else can you learn about 30 exciting research projects in 45 minutes? The event has been called “very uplifting,” “inspiring and so interesting,” and “a sight to see!” by audience members.

We’ll be opening registration for the Nutshell Games in September with announcements in the Graduate School e-newsletter and on the Center for Communicating Science website. Tell your colleagues, students, friends, and family to save the date!

 

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