Two Percent https://slam.lbl.gov/2020-slam/2020-slam-finalists/sara-gushgari-doyle
ENIGMA’s Sara Gushgari-Doyle, of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, uses computational and big-data approaches to inform strategies for culturing rare and difficult-to-culture microorganisms. Watch Gushgari-Doyle’s SLAM presentation to find out more. She placed 2nd out of 12 Finalists.
She shares her experience going head-to-head in a “3-minute-describe-your-work-in-layman-terms” challenge for a chance to win a $3k prize. This was the 3rd annual Berkeley Lab event.
How did you initially hear about the SLAM?
I heard about SLAM in one of my postdoc orientation sessions. You can read more at https://slam.lbl.gov
When did you decide to submit an entry, and what did that entail?
I decided to enter when I first heard about the SLAM. Thanks to remote work due to COVID-19, I’m very well-versed in Zoom functions now. I wrote and recorded a 3-minute talk about my work in microbial isolation strategies informed by computational analysis, including the motivation of why everyone should care about microbes in the first place! There were 44 submissions, twelve finalists were selected.
What Are You Most Excited About in This Experience?
Finalists received coaching via the “Making the Most of Your Presentation” workshop. I was thrilled to have one-on-one coaching with Jean-Luc Coumont a globally renowned speaker of Principiae. This was my first professional public speaking coaching – I think it was a unique opportunity and really worthwhile experience.