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Polar Vortex, Redux

December 16, 2014   Filed under Blog, Potpourri, Uncategorized  

Lee Grenci has a lot to say about the polar vortex and its abuse in the media. https://www.e-education.psu.edu/worldofweather/node/2103

David Byrne: Inspiration for Good Science Writing

August 15, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Writing  

About a month ago, I had finished reading How Music Works by David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads). I was always a big fan of the music of Talking Heads and Byrne, and I found his movie True Stories quirky. I am a huge musicophile, as well, and when I saw the book on the […]

The importance of communication skills in the National Weather Service

June 20, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

As part of an online discussion forum, Wes Browning, Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in St. Louis, had this to say about the importance of communication skills. …as an NWS hiring official, I’d like to point out the critical importance of communications skills and training in operational emergency management (NIMS). […]

First for Eloquent Science

June 1, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

Matt Bunkers has just published a paper in the National Weather Association’s Journal of Operational Meteorology. The acknowledgements read: “The book, Eloquent Science, was an in- dispensable resource during the many revisions of this paper.” This is the first time I am aware of an acknowledgement in a journal article. In an email, Matt told […]

How to give feedback to colleagues and students on their writing

May 12, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Reviewing  

One of the perpetual difficulties with providing feedback to others is the tendency to coat the paper in red ink, leaving the author having to plow through all the comments. While not inherently bad in itself (I’m guilty as charged!), it can leave the author thinking that the 30 errors in punctuation exceed the one […]

Advice on providing better feedback…

May 3, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Writing  

Our advisors coated the drafts of our writing in red ink. And, we, in turn, coat the drafts of our students’ writing in red ink. Does the volume of red ink challenge students to improve their writing, or do they just shrug it off (for any number of reasons)? I was just reading an article […]

Improving communication skills through writing groups

April 30, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Presentations, Writing  

Liveblog (Vienna, Austria): Later today and tomorrow, I’ll be talking to ClimateSnack‘s Mathew Reeve about improving communication skills for scientists. This got me thinking more about what ClimateSnack is trying to do. This graphic shows it well. It is about getting scientists to become better communicators with other scientists through short Climate Snack blog posts. […]

Dan Keyser’s Edward Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award Speech: Words of Wisdom for Teachers

February 13, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

Daniel Keyser’s Acceptance Speech for the 2014 Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award I never expected to receive an award for teaching, let alone an award named after Ed Lorenz. I offer my heartfelt thanks to my former and current students who nominated me for the Lorenz Award and to the Selection Committee for conferring […]

A tribute to the teacher without whom Eloquent Science would not have been written

February 7, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, News, Potpourri  

Yesterday I found out that Professor Dan Keyser of the State University of New York at Albany won the 2014 Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, given by the American Meteorological Society. The citation stipulates: “For meticulous and inspiring lectures, for a demanding yet compassionate demeanor, for his individualized mentoring and unwavering commitment to his […]

Want quick publicity? Send out a press release on your unpublished manuscript!

January 24, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Publishing  

As this article from slate.com describes, yet again someone has received a lot of media attention for their unpublished research. This time the study was on the eventual decline of Facebook. The slate article does a fine job of undermining the premises of the paper and showing them not to be valid (particularly the one […]

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