Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, & Atmospheric Scientist was conceived from a workshop taught over six years to undergraduate students at a summer research experience. The volume is divided into three parts: writing, reviewing, and speaking, and offers tips on poster presentations, media communication, and advice for non-native speakers of English, as well as appendices on proper punctuation usage and meteorological concepts. Sidebars written by experts in the field offer diverse viewpoints on reference topics important to the reader, and a recommended reading section at the end of the book guides the reader to the best additional resources. Although the book is aimed at students and early career scientists, even senior scientists will find useful nuggets inside.
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The importance of picking good terminology the first time
Cold Front or Cold Surge? (Schultz et al. 1998, Fig. 12d)In an early paper that I lead authored, I used the term cold surge to describe the cold front associated with the Superstorm of March 1993.
Schultz, D. M., W. E. Bracken, L. F. Bosart, G. J. Hakim,... [Read more]
The size of figures submitted for peer review
A common concern when reviewing a manuscript is, “Are the figures going to be legible when published in the journal?” Notice how small and unreadable the figure is above. You can click on it to see it in full size.) As you may know, the digital... [Read more]
More thoughts about scientific poster presentations
As our academic year comes to an end and our undergraduate and masters students are busy preparing scientific posters of their dissertation research, I am reminded of why I dread having to grade these posters every year. Students usually just dump their... [Read more]
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