We weren’t the first group to be hesitant to drop these relevant factoids in when declaring yourself an expert. Zeba Khan, the OpEd Project program coordinator during my seminar, told the story of a session where a woman was listing evidence for why she was an expert geneticist. She mentioned her Ph.D. in genetics, the fact that she was widely cited in academic papers, and that she taught at a university.
The moderators and participants were convinced. They were about to move on to the next participant, when someone in the room coughed, “Nobel Prize.”
“…Did you win a Nobel Prize in genetics?” the moderator had asked.
“Well, yes…” the woman replied, “…but it was a long time ago. And it was part of a group.”"