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Post Market this board to experts
How about this idea--we geometrically multiply the shared knowledge on this board by actively recruiting knowledgeable new members--through a coordinated marketing effort.

The target audience would be academics with knowledge of the bioengineering field. We compose a standard letter that explains the purpose of the board, why they are being invited, and mentions how it would be an honor to have them involved. Board members can accumulate a list of academic e-mail addresses, and we then begin sending out the invitations.

Academics are about the only professional group who make their e-mail addresses public on the internet--these addresses can often be found on their university department page or on their own homepage. They are also sometimes listed on academic papers that are shared with others on the internet after appearances at professional conferences.

We will make it clear that they will not have to disclose their identity to participate. Obviously, some will not approve of laymen attempting projects on their own, but others will be more open-minded--particularly if they do not have to identify themselves.

Graduate students in the field will also be highly knowledgeable, and they can also be invited.

Thoughts?


Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:55 pm
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This is a great idea, however, I don't think any academics are willing to volunteer their time and effort for free. I have contacted academics before and they are usually so busy and work in such a competitive environment that they often are quite violently against helping others. I think they often feel that people are trying to "steal" their research or their knowledge.


Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:29 am
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Valid point, I think. Academics are consumed with trying to get publications and a million other things. One key seems to be to sign the letter with something like "Best regards, Snubdubs, Ph.D."

I sometimes do that if I want to elicit a response--even when my Ph.D. is unrelated to their field. I've done it with entymologists, biologists, etc., and gotten a serious response, at least for the first go-around--and sometimes for several exchanges back and fort.

It's kind of a "club" perception or "professional courtesy" type thing, I suppose. I'd be willing to send out the e-mails if others can come up with an e-mail address and collaborate on a template...

Also--we might get better responses from the grad students. Sometimes they're freer spirits than the professors--and enjoy kicking around ideas and are more libertine about doing so because they haven't been officially admitted to the club, but still discuss topics freely within the inner circles and tend to be motived by a deep interest in the subject matter...

Does that sound reasonable...?


Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:43 am
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I agree. If they see that their are professionals working on this forum, they might see some opportunities for themselves.

Grad students are busy...but I know what you are saying. They have a great knowledge base and they are young, and may be willing to give valuable feedback.


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