Thing Explain Your Research

The APS’s Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public (FOEP) is holding a contest at the March Meeting in Denver, CO to test your Science Communication skills!

Physicists routinely employ technical language when discussing research with colleagues, but often this terminology is a barrier when communicating results with the general public. We also know it can be a challenge to describe our work without jargon. At this public event, that challenge just got harder! Inspired by Randall Munroe’s book “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words,” you will need to translate the title of one of your talks at the March Meeting, but you may only use the 1,000 most common words in English!

(Warning: this list does NOT include the words: Topological, Insulator, or Graphene.)

A panel of judges will then try to determine which of three actual talk titles corresponds to your "Thing Explained" translation. If they guess correctly, you can win fabulous prizes.

Want to try your hand at boiling your research down to its basics? If so, submit your original APS talk title, the session your talk will be given, and your "Thing Explained" translation here. Please plan on attending the event, which is open to the general public, as well as APS meeting attendees.