Surprisingly, Matthew Chang of Elegant Institute of Technology, another interviewee for the same position at Megapharma also downplayed expectations for his upcoming talk. "Lisa is a tremendous communicator of science and her work has really had a lot of impact in the community -- I just hope not to trip over myself on the way to the front of the room." Mr. Chang's adviser, Professor L.E. Levelle was also modest in his comments: "Matt's 5 JACS communications are nice work, but nothing really earth-shattering -- I'm sure that Lisa will have more impressive work to show."
Megapharma scientists and managers are somewhat bemused by the breakout of modesty amongst their interview candidates, but are hoping to be pleasantly surprised.