Speaker: Richard McBride. Title: Improve your scientific writing.

 

  1. Scientific writing. This presentation will let you in on a poorly-kept secret: the way people should write a scientific paper differs from the way most people read the paper, and neither follows the order of sections appearing in the final print version. Learn how to harness the power that exists in every section, paragraph, sentence, word, and punctuation mark, while making the science shine. This ~35 minute presentation will be followed by open discussion on the topic.

 

 

Speaker: Richard McBride. Title: Engage with scientific reviewing.

 

  1. Scientific reviewing. Can you tell the difference between truth and truthiness? Can you help the editor spot an unnecessary table or an extraneous paragraph?. And how do you really feel about the split infinitive (or beginning a sentence with a conjunction, for that matter)? This presentation will outline what to look for when reviewing a manuscript or proposal, and how to provide constructive criticism to an editor, author, or funding review panel. This ~35 minute presentation will be followed by open discussion on the topic.