Byrne Takes First in Famelab Competition
FameLab is an international competition in which scientists communicate their work to the public in two three-minute presentations. In its second year in the U.S., there have already been three FameLab heats for the 2013 competition, in San Francisco, Houston, and Honolulu. This summer FameLab held additional heats online via YouTube, with 22 people entering a three-minute video without the use of PowerPoint, special effects, or editing of any kind.
MESSENGER Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Byrne entered a video on the global contraction of Mercury and advanced with 8 others to the second round. For his second video he talked about how large volcanoes on Mars can sink into the ground. He came first in the online competition.
Byrne will compete with winners from the other heats at National Geographic Headquarters in April 2014 in the U.S. FameLab final. The winner of that final will represent the U.S. in the international finals in London in July 2014.