The Up-Goer Five Challenge: Explaining your science one ten-hundredth at a time

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Session ID#: 23758

Session Description:
Inspired by the XKCD comic in which the author describes the Saturn V Rocket using only the thousand most common words in English (http://xkcd.com/1133/), we ask speakers to present very short (5-minute) scientific talks using only a limited vocabulary (determined using the Up-Goer Five Text Editor: http://splasho.com/upgoer5).


When you cut down the number of words you use to explain what you do, you:

  1. Find out what is at the heart of your work.
  2. Can now tell ANYONE what you study, because you know how to make things as simple as they can be.
  3. Show that it matters to explain what you do so others can understand, even if it's hard. (And that's just as important as explaining what you study.)
  4. Have fun, and make the people you study with laugh. A lot.

(Second section written using the Up-Goer Five Text Editor.)

Primary Convener:  Olivia Ambrogio, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Shane Hanlon, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States and Elizabeth A Landau, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Elizabeth Ultee, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, United States and Jeremy N Bassis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Kimberly Wood, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, United States
Alexa Jean Halford, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States
Debjani Sihi, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, United States
Louise H Kellogg, University of California Davis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Davis, CA, United States
Catherine A McCammon1, Stefan Peiffer2 and Moli Wan2, (1)University of Bayreuth, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayreuth, Germany, (2)University of Bayreuth, Hydrology, Bayreuth, Germany
Katherine Armstrong, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universitaet Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Robin Elizabeth Bell, Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Christina G Carr and Erin C Pettit, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States
Martin Scherwath, Monika Pelz and Maia Hoeberechts, Ocean Networks Canada, Victoria, BC, Canada
Angela Marie Reusch, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, Seattle, WA, United States
Ryan J Haupt, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States
Charles Linneman, National Park Service Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, United States and Chad Hults, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Baird Langenbrunner, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, United States
Paul K Byrne1, Paul Vyvyan Regensburger1, Christian Klimczak2, Delwayne R Bohnenstiehl3, Andrew J Dombard4 and Steven A. Hauck II5, (1)North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, United States, (2)Carnegie Inst Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, DC, United States, (3)North Carolina State Univ., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Raleigh, NC, United States, (4)University of Illinois at Chicago, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chicago, IL, United States, (5)Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States
Denise J Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama, Energy Investigations Program, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Scott D King, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Rolf Hut, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands and Astrid Poot, Familie van Fonk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anant Hariharan, Cornell University, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ithaca, NY, United States, Pritwiraj Moulik, Columbia University of New York, New York, NY, United States and Vedran Lekic, University of Maryland, Department of Geology, Washington, DC, United States
Benjamin Brown-Steiner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Food and Stuff (253135)
Jacob Hagedorn, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, United States

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