Posts Tagged 'Scientific Writing'

Designing Conference Posters

In a previous life, Colin Purrington taught evolutionary biology at Hudson
University for fourteen years. Today, he engages in a wide range of
pursuits, including offering high-quality tips on designing conference
posters. He bills his suggestions as “gratuitous advice on how to prepare
posters for scientific meetings, research conferences, and similar gathering
of nerds.” His humorous tone belies a distinct commitment to this area of
visual representation, and his suggestions are contained with three areas:
“What sections to include”, “Dos and DON’Ts”, and “Presenting your poster”.
Visitors can skip around to any of these suggestions, and they will find
Purrington’s style both down-to-earth and practical. The information here
includes sample posters and basic suggestions about what information to
include on such a poster. One area not to miss is “Making sure your poster
doesn’t suck”, which recommends that potential poster-presenters have their
friends look at their work when they aren’t present and stick post-it notes
with suggestions on said poster. Overall, this is a great site, and one
that’s worth sharing with friends and colleagues. [KMG]

Reposted from the Nov. 11, 2011 Scout Report.

Tips on Publishing Your Research

Publishing Your Research 101 Video Series

The effective communication of scientific research is vital both to the scientific community and to a scientist’s career. ACS Publications (American Chemical Society) has launched the Publishing Your Research 101 video series to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.

Who should listen? If you are writing your first research publication, then this series is definitely for you. If you have submitted articles in the past, but would like to improve your skills, then you would benefit from following this series. If you would like to know more about the scholarly communication process, then you will surely find some of these episodes to be of interest. If you are a faculty member or librarian, and are looking for ways to help your students become authors and reviewers, then this series will offer some useful material to build on.

Videos will be released monthly discussing topics such as selecting a journal for submission, writing a good cover letter, suggesting reviewers, responding to reviewer comments and manuscript rejections, tips for non-native English speakers, and more.

You can view the series at the ACS web site

Engineering Presentations

Systems and Information Engineering Colloquium

Friday February 5th, 2009

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Olsson 005

 “The Art and Science of Reading, Writing, and Presenting “,  presented by Members of SYS7021, Fall 2009 Class,  School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Virginia

This group of eleven diverse graduate students from the Systems Engineering department discusses the lessons they have learned through critical reading and presenting of seminal research papers from a variety of disciplines. These include strategies for critical reading and writing of technical research papers and techniques for delivering effective presentations. This interactive colloquium will share personal insights and experiences and engage students to evaluate and improve their own research habits and skills.

Everyone is invited!

The Write Stuff

The following is reposted from The Scout Report for January 15, 2010.  From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.


Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students

Penn State University provides a great web resource for all engineering and science students with the models, exercises, and advice that it gives for over a half dozen type of documents they will likely encounter in their schooling and eventual professions.  On the left hand side of the homepage visitors will find “Student Resources”, “Instructor Resources”, and links to the “Contributors”, which include “Virginia Tech”, “University of Illinois”, and “Georgia Tech”.  The “Introduction” on the homepage, offers the following basics to consider when starting a paper: “Assessing the Audience”, “Selecting the Format”, and “Crafting the Style”.  Also on the homepage the site gives links to guidance on “Presentations”, “Correspondence”, “Formal Reports”, “Proposals”, “Instructions”, and “Journal Articles”.  The “Design of Presentation Slides”, under the “Presentations” link, demonstrates the use of the assertion-evidence structure for presentation slides, as opposed to the typical PowerPoint template, along with many resources on the left hand side of the page that tout the benefits of that structure. [KMG]

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