Public Lectures – Should I go? Use the Jargon-o-Meter

Posted on September 29, 2011 by


Here at Steel City Science, we try to list Pittsburgh science events that might be of interest to the public. To help you decide whether a particular event is for you, we would like to introduce the Jargon-o-Meter.

The Jargon-o-Meter lets you know whether the event is aimed at the general public, and hence will be fun and jargon free, or whether the event is aimed at PhD-level scientists, and hence will be fun and loaded with incomprehensible jargon. We’ll add the appropriate number of Jargon-o-Meter Hurdles™ to each lecture announcement, to give you a sense of how much jargon to expect.

Here’s the scale:

1 – Bring your kids. And the dog. Jargon-free fun for the whole family

2 – Bring your enthusiasm.  Jargon-free fun for interested adults

3 – Bring your iPhone to look up long words. Fun for geeky-types that don’t mind the odd bit of jargon

4 – Bring your college degree. Fun for those that have sat through college-level science courses (and enjoyed them!)

5 – Bring your advil. Fun for those that think comprehensive PhD exams are fun

Bust of Andrei Sakharov by sculptor Peter Shapiro, photo by dbking at Flickr, Creative Commons

Posted in: Public Lectures