In 60 second intervals, ASCB’s one-minute, mostly-selfies, elevator speech video contest came down to its final round Tuesday afternoon at the ASCB/IFCB 2014 meeting in Philadelphia as judges from the Public Information and Public Policy committees named the winners.
Top place and a new iPad Mini went to Sarah Friebe of EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, for her short but sweet explanation of why she studies anthrax’s entry into cells.
Runner-up was Melissa Jarmel of the Rockefeller University who caught the judges’ favor with her metaphor, comparing a cancer’s progress to a soccer match.
Honorable Mentions went Kate Bredbenner of the Rockefeller and to Michelle Helms of the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine.
A special Judges’ Special Prize of $100 will take DePaul professor Stan Cohn and his lab to lunch for his ultimate “elevator speech,” shot inside a real elevator in which one of Cohn’s bewildered students learns the upside of having a one-minute science talk to hand at all times. Instead of explaining the concept of a 60-second elevator speech, the judges decided to show Cohn’s video instead. “There was little to add after that,” said Public Information chair Simon Atkinson.