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Do You Have What It Takes to Be America’s Next Science Idol?

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Idol Logo PictureThink you’re a pretty good science communicator?

Dreaming of becoming the next Neil DeGrasse Tyson? 

Think you can prove your speaking skills live, under pressure, before a panel of judges? 

Want the bragging rights and prizes that will follow?

Then join us on Friday, Feb.15, at 1 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 205, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting to compete in America’s Science Idol, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Discover MagazinePopular Science and the Point of Inquiry Podcast (pointofinquiry.org).

Contestants will give a 3-minute presentation on a scientific topic of their choice—with a hard time limit.You can use PowerPoint slides in your presentation (running on a PC only!).

Then they’ll be judged by the audience and our distinguished panel: Corey S. Powell, editor at large of Discover (aka Simon Cowell), Indre Viskontas (filling in for Paula Abdul), neuroscientist, opera singer and co-host of the popular Point of Inquiry podcast, andJennifer Bogo (J-Bo?), articles editor at Popular Science.

The event will be hosted by Chris Mooney (aka Ryan Seacrest), science journalist and co-host of the Point of Inquiry podcast.

The winner gets: A free one-year subscription to Discover and Popular Science; a live guest appearance on the Point of Inquiry podcast on Sunday, Feb. 17—following Steven Pinker, science’s hottest warm-up act; and the Discover DVD (all 30 years of Discover in one convenient package! $149.99 value!).

Oh, and huge bragging rights.

To throw your hat in the ring, and for technical details and specs on running PowerPoint during the contest, complete the attached form and email to Cindy Holloway at cholloway@nsf.gov, by Friday, February 1, 2013.

The application form can be found here.

Once again, all the details:


Workshop at 
AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting

1-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
Room 205, Hynes Convention Center – Boston, MA

See you there!


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January 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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  1. […] original call for contestants for “America’s Science Idol”–this coming Friday at the AAAS annual meeting […]

  2. […] hosts also interview Tom Di Liberto, a meteorologist at NOAA and winner of the 2013 America’s Science Idol contest, an event cosponsored by Point of Inquiry as part of CFI’s outreach to make science more […]

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