Physics, Astronomy Department Hosts Colloquium Jan. 26
By Sydni Walker
COMMERCE, TX—The Texas A&M University-Commerce department of Physics and Astronomy will welcome Dr. Lynwood Givens, author of The Persuasive Wizard: How Technical Experts Sell their Ideas to Non-technical Decision Makers, to campus January 26 to host a colloquium, “How Technical Experts Sell their Ideas to Non-technical Decision Makers.” The free event is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Science building Room 127.
“Dr. Givens is an outstanding speaker having unique experience and expertise that will benefit our faculty and students,” said Dr. Bao-An Li, physics professor. “His knowledge and expertise on how scientists should better sell their ideas to non-technical decision-makers is very useful for us to be more successful in getting external grants from funding and government agencies as well as establishing more collaboration with industry.”
Givens’ presentation will focus on some of the key aspects of technology persuasion including:
- Effectively communicating between the technologist and the non-technical decision maker,
- Structure a presentation to get results,
- Focusing on the outcome, and
- Eliminating the stereotype.
Dr. Givens manages financial investments, teaches technology and science courses, and guest lectures at workshops and seminars. He has worked with every major intelligence organization in the U.S. and in many foreign countries including the CIA, NSA, NGA, DoD, Air Force Intelligence, Navy Intelligence, Army Intelligence and Special Operations. He was recently appointed to the Board of Regents of Midwestern State University and served on a state committee to investigate the shortfalls of science education in American high schools and colleges and is currently writing two books to be used as high school and college supplements.
According to Dr. Li, the department of physics and astronomy has been actively organizing collqouia featuring world-leading scientists in order to expose A&M-Commerce students to the latest research and scientific breakthroughs in physics and astronomy, and to stimulate faculty-student collaboration with top scientists from larger universities.
For more information on the colloquium, contact physics Professor Dr. Bao-An Li at Bao-An.Li@tamuc.edu.
About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 11,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region's focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped
recreational facility and recently completed music hall. The university also has convenient facilities in Corsicana, Midlothian, Mesquite, and downtown Dallas.
About The Texas A&M University System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state's economy.