I just couldn’t resist cutting out the
WSJ article by Guatam Naik about
chemically controlled social
communication in bacteria. I came
away just needing to find the original
publications and presentations of Prof.
Bonnie Bassler of Princeton.
- a video (from the WSJ)
- a presentation on the topic (by B. Bassler)
As the article points out Bassler and co-workers
document a chemical interference
specific mechanism where a designed
chemical interferes with the bacteria
quorum sensing mechanism. This reduces
the impact of bacterial infections and
could provide cures to some diseases.
This complex system behavior opens up new
mechanisms for chemicals to interact with
organisms and environmental systems.
Does it happen many times to you,
as it has for me? Forget someone’s name.
There are procedural aids that commonly
help us, like
- introducing yourself, ‘hello, my
name is ….’ then giving time for h(er)im
to provide their name.
- using their name several times in the
next part of your conversation
- writing the name down on a handy
- associating a unique characteristic
with the person
- entering the new name into Outlook,
your phone or your blackberry
An interesting tip came today about a
person who did a sales call. He learned
to jot down peoples’ names and the
type/color of shirt/top they wore at a
meeting. Then, use that knowledge in
addressing responses to their questions,
requests for questions or business
information or ending the conversation.
Using a person’s name is one of those
tips in developing good small talk habits
that benefit professionals everywhere.