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The Great Communicators podcast series was created to explore professional communication in the field of scientific research. The podcast features interviews with MIT faculty and graduate students as well as topically relevant professionals.

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The Great Communicators podcast series was created to explore professional communication in the field of scientific research. The podcast features interviews with MIT faculty and graduate students as well as topically relevant professionals.

    Episode 23 – Rebecca Taft (MIT Graduate Student) Reflects On Episodes 20-22

    Episode 23 – Rebecca Taft (MIT Graduate Student) Reflects On Episodes 20-22

    We sit down with a former MIT student to unpack the previous episodes.

    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Rebecca Taft, Software Engineer at Cockroach Labs & MIT Computer Science Ph.D. Recpient

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “All The Best Fakers” by Nick Jaina is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    “Deliberate Thought” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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    ADAM GREENFIELD



    Welcome to The Great Communicators Podcast presented by The MIT Office of Graduate Education, a professional development podcast expressly designed to bring lessons from the field to our graduate student researchers.

    My name is Adam Greenfield and in this special episode, we’re going to get a different perspective on the things we’ve heard so far.

    We asked a few MIT grad students to listen to the interviews we conducted with these great speakers, then provide feedback on what they heard.

    In this episode….

    REBECCA

    My name’s Rebecca Taft. I’m a PhD student at the Computer Science Department here at MIT.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    And the focus of Rebecca’s research is in databases.



    REBECCA



    So creating software for managing big data. It’s very practical, applied research so industry partners are interested in what we’re doing, which is kind of fun, and I’m hoping to go into industry when I’m done.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    But perhaps once a researcher, always a researcher.



    REBECCA



    I think I’m ready to take a break from academia for now but we’ll see. I may miss the research after I leave.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    In our talk with Rebecca, she brought up how each speaker she heard seemed to have goals they wanted to accomplish with their writing. She specifically pointed to things Scott Lewis referenced in his comments about his realizations while watching political debates, that while a listing of facts is an accurate view of the world, people may tune out if there’s no emotion tied to them.

    SCOTT

    I think that in any situation, an election or a church or a- if you’re sitting there just rambling through facts that you might find interesting in some deep part of your soul but you don’t actually communicate why they’re interesting...

    • 7 min
    Episode 22 [Unedited | Rebroadcast]

    Episode 22 [Unedited | Rebroadcast]

    This is a rebroadcast of the the full, unedited interview with Yang Shao-Horn. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episodes of Yang’s interview yet, we strongly encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined.

    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Yang Shao-Horn, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “Divider” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    EPISODE SCRIPT



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    ADAM GREENFIELD

    Hello, Adam Greenfield here, host of The Great Communicators podcast series. What you’re about to hear is the full, unedited interview with one of the guests we spoke with. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episode yet, I definitely encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined. You can find them all at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    The idea behind these longer, unedited conversation is to give you an opportunity to hear the entire talk, warts and all. This is not only a fun way to hear the full flow of the conversation but it also emphasizes the importance of the points made in the shorter, produced episodes, which again, can be found at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    Thanks for listening and enjoy the conversation.

    Patrick Yurick:  Can you state your name and tell us a little bit about yourself?

    Yang Shao-Horn:  Sure.  So, my name is Yang Shao-Horn.  I am a WM Keck professor of energy at MIT.  I am also a professor of material science engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and my area of expertise is in developing energy storage technologies.

    P:  Cool.  So, we are going to start with a couple questions about audience.  So, our grad students are learning about how to connect to their audience for the first time.  So, the first weeks’ worth of content will be all about like, how do you connect with an audience?  So, what the questions I am going to be asking you have a little bit to do with who your personal audience is for your work and how you have connected to them, if you have, or any stories like that.  So, I guess, the first questions is, who is the audience for your work?

    YS:  Alright, I guess we can edit this portion out but, I find this question really can be discussed in several different contexts.  So, it depends on what we actually are doing. So, if we are talking about teaching, our audience is really our students.

    • 28 min
    Episode 22 – Yang Shao-Horn On Publishing As The Beginning Of A Conversation

    Episode 22 – Yang Shao-Horn On Publishing As The Beginning Of A Conversation

    There’s an understanding that just because research has been published, that doesn’t mean it’s some kind of final answer to a question. And Professor Shao-Horn takes comfort in this, this sort of ever-changing landscape of knowledge and information.



    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Yang Shao-Horn, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “All The Best Fakers” by Nick Jaina is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)



    “Castor Wheel Pivot” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    “Mind Body Mind” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. (http://freemusicarchive.org)



    “Deliberate Thought” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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    ADAM GREENFIELD



    Welcome to The Great Communicators Podcast presented by The MIT Office of Graduate Education, a professional development podcast expressly designed to bring lessons from the field to our graduate student researchers.

    My name is Adam Greenfield and in today’s episode, let’s talk about a subject that, within the scientific community, is a pretty significant aspect of written communication. Today we’re going to talk about publishing.

    But we’re not going to talk about how to get published in the sense of what sort of guidelines publications are looking for. Instead we’re going to focus on how to engage your peers and readers, and also understand how writing helps you, the communicator, have a clearer, stronger grasp on your research. Not only does publishing help ensure your ideas are reviewed by your peers but it also cultivates new ideas and discussions.



    All of these reasons are why our speaker in today’s show is a big fan of publishing.



    YANG SHAO-HORN



    I think publishing is really great.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    That’s Yang Shao-Horn and she’s a W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT. She also teaches material science engineering and mechanical engineering and her area of expertise is in developing storage technologies.



    Professor Shao-Horn is no stranger to publishing, either. Just in 2016 alone,

    • 9 min
    Episode 21 [Unedited | Rebroadcast]

    Episode 21 [Unedited | Rebroadcast]

    This is a rebroadcast of the the full, unedited interview with Scott Lewis. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episodes of Scott’s interview yet, we strongly encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined.

    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Scott Lewis, CEO of San Diego’s “Voice of San Diego”

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “Divider” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    EPISODE SCRIPT



    Print The Script Here



    ADAM GREENFIELD

    Hello, Adam Greenfield here, host of The Great Communicators podcast series. What you’re about to hear is the full, unedited interview with one of the guests we spoke with. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episode yet, I definitely encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined. You can find them all at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    The idea behind these longer, unedited conversation is to give you an opportunity to hear the entire talk, warts and all. This is not only a fun way to hear the full flow of the conversation but it also emphasizes the importance of the points made in the shorter, produced episodes, which again, can be found at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    Thanks for listening and enjoy the conversation.



    Adam Greenfield: First question.

    Scott Lewis: Yes.

    A: Name and occupation.

    S: My name is Scott Lewis. I am the CEO and editor-in-chief of the Voice of San Diego, an online- mostly online news investigative service for San Diego. And I’m a journalist.

    A: So in your hierarchy of necessities in life, from personal to professional, where does communication come into play?

    S: I mean, it’s my essence, really. It’s like the thing that I mostly think about in life. You know, it’s the thing- for instance, I can’t watch a show where the plot is driven by miscommunication without crawling out of my skin, you know what I mean? The communication is everything I have… striven… strove? (laughter) It’s everything that I have really pushed myself to learn the most about and to perfect, whether it’s learning another language or in telling stories and learning how to tell stories with the perfection of a plot line and, you know, sort of kicker. All of that has sort of really driven everything in my personal life and luckily it’s been the focus of my career, as well.

    A: What other languages do you speak?

    S: Spanish.

    A: Ok,

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 21 – Scott Lewis On Arranging Facts To Tell A Story

    Episode 21 – Scott Lewis On Arranging Facts To Tell A Story

    Communicating something to someone shouldn’t just be a laundry list of facts. Scott Lewis used the recent political season to illustrate this point, that it’s important for the audience to leave your talk or finish reading your written communication and know what your universe looks like instead of only hearing or reading numbers or stats with no relatable context or background.

    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Scott Lewis, CEO of San Diego’s “Voice of San Diego”

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “All The Best Fakers” by Nick Jaina is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    “Deliberate Thought” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    EPISODE SCRIPT



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    ADAM GREENFIELD



    Welcome to The Great Communicators Podcast presented by The MIT Office of Graduate Education, a professional development podcast expressly designed to bring lessons from the field to our graduate student researchers.

    My name is Adam Greenfield and as communicators, sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt. You begin to question not only if what you’re presenting is accurate or clear or even engaging, but also if, simply put, you’re the right person to do the job.

    But in this episode, we’re going to hear how to avoid that trap of uncertainty and insecurity, how there’s no better communicator than you to communicate your research and work, and also why a list of ingredients or information is better off with a little flair than without.

    Our guest in this episode has spent well over a decade as a journalist and editor, and communicates in all mediums, from television to radio to podcasts to print. Still, even with all that experience….



    SCOTT LEWIS



    You’re never going to feel perfect and perfectly confident that you are in the perfect position to tell a story, but you do anyway.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    That’s Scott Lewis, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Voice of San Diego…



    SCOTT LEWIS



    … an online- mostly online news investigative service for San Diego. And I’m a journalist.



    ADAM GREENFIELD



    Scott is a great guest because of those credentials. But it becomes next-level when it comes to the role communication plays in his everyday personal and professional life; it’s pretty muc...

    • 9 min
    Episode 20 [Unedited]

    Episode 20 [Unedited]

    This is episode is the full, unedited interview with Jim Ruland. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episode yet, we strongly encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined.

    EPISODE CREDITS

    Guest Starring Jim Ruland, Author

    Produced & Hosted by Adam Greenfield

    Executive Produced by Patrick Yurick, Instructional Designer – MIT OGE

    Executive Produced by Heather Konar, Communication Director – MIT OGE

    Special thanks to the following editors who provided us invaluable feedback that aided in the development of this show:

    Christopher O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Podcation

    Kristy Bennet, Manager – MIT Women’s League

    Jennifer Cherone, Phd Candidate – MIT Burge Laboratory

    Erik Tillman, Phd, Formerly of the Kim Lab & Currently A Fellow at Vida Ventures, LLC

    The Great Communicators Podcast is a part of Gradcommx. Gradcommx, targeted at enhancing research communication, is the first offering of Gradx – a professional development project created for the graduate student population at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the Office For Graduate Education.

    MUSIC & SOUNDS

    “Divider” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International License (http://freemusicarchive.org)

    EPISODE SCRIPT



    Print The Script Here



    ADAM GREENFIELD

    Hello, Adam Greenfield here, host of The Great Communicators podcast series. What you’re about to hear is the full, unedited interview with one of the guests we spoke with. If you haven’t listened to the fully produced episode yet, I definitely encourage you to do so before listening to this one. They’re shorter in length and much more refined. You can find them all at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    The idea behind these longer, unedited conversation is to give you an opportunity to hear the entire talk, warts and all. This is not only a fun way to hear the full flow of the conversation but it also emphasizes the importance of the points made in the shorter, produced episodes, which again, can be found at gradx.mit.edu/podcasts.

    Thanks for listening and enjoy the conversation.



    Adam Greenfield: Alright, easy one. Name and occupation.

    Jim Ruland: My name is Jim Ruland and I’m a writer.

    A: What kind of things do you write?

    J: I write a lot of different things. Professionally, I’m a copywriter, that’s my day job, I work in advertising, and I’ve been doing that for over 20 years. And I also do a number of other kinds of freelance types of writing, writing book reviews, columns, cultural columns. I also do some ghost writing, editing, I collaborate with people, help them get their stories out into the world. And, lastly, I do writing for myself, fiction and non-fiction.

    A: Do you have a preference? If you could ideally write one thing what would it be?

    J: That’s a great question. I think how it usually works, though, is when I’m working on a novel, working on a non-fiction project seems so much easier, where all I have to do is talk about what happened. But when I’m writing a non-fiction project and I’m in the weeds, I really miss the freedom of being able to make things up.

    A: It’s nice to have that wide range of things to work on.

    J: And then, also, the grass is always greener.

    A: There’s a reason for that saying. There’s no reason to not search for it.

    • 35 min

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