Graduate Students

Improv Helps Ph.D.'s Explain Their Work—and Loosen Up

Todd Bigelow for The Chronicle

A graduate student with a habit of swaying while talking has his feet held still by his instructor 
as classmates watch during a public-speaking seminar at the U. of California at Irvine.
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The question surprised Lyl Tomlinson. The graduate student in neuroscience was telling a room full of about 150 people about his research into how exercise improved memory in mice, when a query from a panel threw him a curveball: Could there be a...

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