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Book review: Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More

Here is another in my series of reviews for books that I read a while ago and were sitting on my desk waiting for the time to write the review. This review is of Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More. Outside of my own book, I’ve […]

Book Review: Science Communication: A Practical Guide for Scientists

August 24, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

Bowater and Yeoman’s Science Communication: A Practical Guide for Scientists provides a nice overview of the topic. If you’re starting out with public engagement or outreach to the public through the media, schools, or science festivals – or if you are planning your own event – I would recommend this book. The book was written […]

Book Review: Trees, maps, and theorems: Effective communication for rational minds by Jean-luc Duomont

August 4, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Writing  

I got a copy of Jean-luc Doumont’s Trees, Maps, and Theorems Effective Communication for Rational Minds a long time ago, and read it almost immediately. I’ve been meaning to write a review for a long time. With the annual office clean before the new semester starts, this gives me a perfect opportunity to do so. […]

Book Review: Just My Type by Simon Garfield

August 4, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

I had bought Just My Type: A Book About Fonts while waiting in Kings Cross waiting to get home. It’s a book that I’d been wanting to read for a while. I’ve been fascinated with fonts ever since the early Macs got me trying out new fonts. Now, I find myself mostly stuck in my […]

Responding to Reviewers: It’s the way you say it

August 3, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Reviewing, Writing  

Nature Methods has a few nice links over on their page about responding to criticism before and after publication. The way you say it The dos and don’ts of communicating with editors and reviewers Here are some of the choice quotes from the first link that I related to, from my experience as an author […]

Minute Earth and Phil Plait (Bad Astronomer) Get Clouds Wrong (NOW FIXED AT MINUTE EARTH!)

July 27, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

I like both Minute Earth and Phil Plait’s column at slate.com. They are both great ways to communicate science to the public. That’s why writing this post is upsetting to me. At about 0:50 into the video, it says this about a rising bubble of air: “In fact, the more water vapor it collects before […]

Errata from Eloquent Science

July 27, 2015   Filed under Blog, Excerpts, Featured, News, Resources  

Here is a list of typos identified by the compositor of the book. These changes were not implemented at the time.   p. 53, 1st graph: OK to change “formating” to “formatting”? p. 53, 3rd graph: OK to change “conciousness” to “consciousness”? p. 86, 3rd graph of section 9.8: OK to change “parenthethical” to “parenthetical”? […]

Why the first letter of your last name matters

July 21, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Writing  

Sent from frequent reader and commenter Jon Zeitler: https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/06/why-the-first-letter-of-your-surname-matters/ When individuals make choices from lists, does the list ordering matter? There may be a ‘primacy effect’, where individuals are biased towards selecting items earlier in the list. Conversely, there may be a ‘recency effect’, i.e. a tendency to select items towards the end of the […]

Step by Step from Writing to Publishing

June 15, 2015   Filed under Blog, Featured, News  

I will be offering online training in scientific publishing through the Virtual Medical Academy. Called “Step by Step from Writing to Publishing”, the course will last for four two-hour sessions starting on 24 August. To sign up, visit the Virtual Medical Academy here. If you cannot make this session, I will likely conduct more in […]

How to Get Your PhD Published: Workshop for Saudi Students Club in Manchester

April 20, 2015   Filed under Featured, News  

Eloquent Science will be presenting a workshop at the Saudi Students Club of Manchester on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Samuel Alexander Arts Theatre on “How to get your PhD published”. The workshop will last from 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m. (Image source: https://twitter.com/ksamcr/status/589967613645697025/photo/1)

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