Non-Academics and Academics Agree on Writing Techniques

Hello all! I took a hiatus from data processing last quarter to focus on a wonderful teaching opportunity. Now that it is summer, I'm back in my office and cranking away at this project. Here are my newest results: Next, I plan to dive deeper into statistical analysis with a conditional ordered logit model. This… Continue reading Non-Academics and Academics Agree on Writing Techniques

It Takes a Village to Train a Student

You know that old saying it takes a village to raise a child? My science-writing project has taken me on a crash course in student rearing, and let me tell you, it takes a village. There is a reason why most science students don’t receive formal writing training from their home department… it’s hard. It… Continue reading It Takes a Village to Train a Student

Just Launched: My Science Writing Project!

If you've followed my previous posts, you know that I have been working on developing and implementing a Science Writing Intervention in undergraduate science courses. My ultimate goal is to empower science students with communications skills to help them succeed in their early careers. I successfully implemented the intervention last academic quarter, and I am now moving on to… Continue reading Just Launched: My Science Writing Project!

A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Audience and Framing. We all have a unique perspective, and everything your audience sees and hears is filtered through their perspective, regardless of what… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Demonstration. Readers are naturally skeptical. You have to earn their trust by demonstrating that you have a reason to make a claim, both… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Jargon. What is jargon? Jargon refers to words or expressions that are specific to a discipline and may be difficult for “outsiders” to… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon

A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Word Choice. Lesson 1: Passive vs. Active Voice Active voice is more impactful than passive voice. Lesson 2: Over-Used, Flowery, and Cliché Language… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice