Moved from the "blog" section at the request of Dr. Som

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Some of the presentations from AbSciCon 2012 are now viewable on the web.

You can see my presentation, entitled "In situ carbon isotope analysis of microbial fossils" here:

It's a tad unnerving to watch myself, but I've learned a few important things from the experience:

1) The laser pointer is meaningless to a webcast audience. Use spatial descriptors instead (e.g., "the figure on the right shows...").

2) I should know better by now, but especially for an astrobiology audience, use less, and clearly define all jargon (including acronyms...ahem...TOC = total organic carbon).

3) Spend more time presenting to the audience and less time presenting to the giant screen.

4) Restate questions for webcast audiences. And for Pete's sake, keep the answers to simple questions simple, even (especially?) when they come from John Grotzinger.

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And the comments to the original blog post...

Comment by Sara Imari Walker on May 4, 2012 at 6:47pmDelete Comment

Excellent advice! I tend to go wild with the laser pointer, so its good to keep in mind that a virtual audience won't even see it. Also, I always thought TOC = table of contents. I guess you really do learn something new everyday! Beginning to think we should keep a S.A.G.A.N. page of acronyms ... 

Comment by Grasshopper (Scientist) on June 4, 2012 at 6:08pmDelete Comment

These are great points Ken! Considering more and more of our presentations are being archived for future use it would benefit everyone to use more spatial descriptors as we present pur slides :)

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