The VCU Science Communication Award, sponsored by VCU Libraries, the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the VCU Postdoctoral Association was inaugurated in 2019. This award includes a $100 cash prize and is awarded to the postdoc who presents their How-to topic clearly and with an emphasis on quality science communication. Awards will be announced at the How-to Talks by Postdocs Networking Reception, at the conclusion of the series. Past and present speakers, advisors, and all postdoctoral fellows at VCU are welcome to attend.
2021: Sean Koebley, Ph.D.
Dr. Koebley, a postdoctoral scholar and former IRACDA fellow in the Physics department, won this award for his talk: Goodbye, P-value: Practical Bayesian Statistics To Replace Frequentist Statistics. This talk explored the limitations of frequentist statistics, challenged attendees to derive a different way to describe the relevance of data, and discussed the basics of Bayesian statistics. Dr. Koebley’s session epitomized the goal of the How-to Talks, effectively communicating a process or strategy to the VCU community and engaging them in the process. He used his experience as a three-time How-to Talk speaker to engage the audience which was especially challenging in the virtual environment. After the highest attended How-to Talk to date; we look forward to welcoming Dr. Koebley back in the fall of 2021 to share more about how to do Bayesian statistics.
2019: Sarah Thomas, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Pathology, won the first VCU Science Communication Award for her session entitled: Introduction to Immunofluorescence Microscopy: Light at the End of the Tunnel. This talk exhibited the core tenets of science communication: the content was appropriate for a wide audience, the delivery was engaging and dynamic, and the speaker presented and answered questions with poise and clarity. A three-time presenter, Dr. Thomas leveraged her experiences in the How-to Talks to transition to her current career as a Field Application Scientist for the Olympus corporation, a global microscopy leader.