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Effective use of colors in meteorological visualizations

July 17, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Resources, Writing  

A new paper has appeared in the Early Online Releases at the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This paper is entitled,

Epic Fail: What a Perfectly Putrid Poster Can Do for You

November 15, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Posters  

Nice article in Eos by Paul Cooper and Julia Galkiewicz who define a PPP (Perfectly Putrid Poster).

The Importance of a Clearly Written and Complete Caption

June 7, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Writing  

I never tire of this analogy. For the answer, click here. From Style for Students by Joe Schall.

Avoiding pie charts

June 4, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Writing  

Are these individual pie charts easy to get quantitative information from? How about when presented like this? As you can see, obtaining quantitative information from pie charts is near impossible. And, if you want to compare two of them, you can generally tell only the most obvious differences. A more carefully constructed plot using horizontal […]

Take the Pledge: I Won’t Use Map-room Jargon!

April 20, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Presentations, Reviewing, Writing  

If you regularly attend discussions in the weather-map room, subscribe to weather or storm-chaser discussion lists, or have reviewed articles for Weather, Monthly Weather Review, National Weather Digest, or Weather and Forecasting, then you have been exposed to it. Map-room jargon. Often the speakers of map-room jargon don’t even know what they are doing. (I […]

English Communication for Scientists

February 18, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Presentations, Resources, Writing  

The journal Nature has on its Scitable page a link to an online book English Communication for Scientists by Dr. Jean-luc Doumont (that’s him on the right). I haven’t read through it all, but it seems to have mostly good advice, albeit a bit short. The online book has six units: Communicating as a Scientist […]

Proof that a poster can be attractive to an audience

February 11, 2011   Filed under Blog, Posters  

By designing an interesting, interactive poster and selling it to the audience, look at the people I was able to attract to my poster. (Photo by the AMS official photographer)

Rethinking Poster Sessions as Second-Class

February 1, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters  

At first, I was furious. It’s the best research I’ve done in a while, and I wanted to present it publicly at the AMS Annual Meeting for all to see. Instead, the program committee gave me a poster.

What are your pet peeves?

July 5, 2010   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Potpourri, Presentations, Reviewing, Writing  

Appendix B: Commonly Misused Scientific Words and Expressions of Eloquent Science was inspired by a list of incorrect science expressions and annoyances maintained by Chuck Doswell. Many of Chuck’s pet peeves are included in Appendix B. I also surveyed my friends and colleagues about their pet peeves and included many of them in Appendix B. […]

Positive and negative feedback in science: Scientists as social animals

June 22, 2010   Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Potpourri, Presentations, Reviewing, Writing  

At a recent meeting at the University of Manchester, the keynote speaker was Prof. Helen Gleeson OBE. She gave an informative and interesting history of her career and the lessons she has learned. One thing she said resonated with me (paraphrasing): “As a scientist, you get lots of rejections, but not a lot of supportive […]

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