Making Slides for Professional Events
- An article by science writer Kendall Powel published in Nature in 2012 that gives good advice about designing posters.
- A short overview of how to prepare a poster from the Learning and Advising Center at Philadelphia University.
- A great website by Colin Purrington that provides extensive advice about making posters as well as several templates in different styles that can be used to create posters in PowerPoint or OpenOffice. Dr. Purrington taught evolutionary biology at Swarthmore College for 14 years and is now a nature photographer and blogger.
Science Communications Resources
Here are some links to resources about communicating science to the public. Many of the concepts discussed by these professionals apply to fields outside the sciences.
- Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist who takes her message about the need for everyone to do their part to mitigage our impact on the environment to her evangelical christian audiences. Her ability to personalize science is an inspiration.
- Tim Requarth, a free-lance journalist who writes about science and teaches others to do so through the Neuwrite network of communicators, writes about the need for scientists to stop explaining things and instead communicate more strategically.
- A podcast at RadioLab of Robert Krulwich’s commencement address at CalTech entitled “Tell Me a Story”
- Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science
- Alan Alda’s lecture “The Art of Science Communication” at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research
- 2009 PEW Research Center report “Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media”
- Dennis Meredith’s Research Explainer site talks about his experiences as a science journalist, self-publshed author, and blogger.
- A 2011 article by Chris Mooney in Mother Jones, “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science”
- Prof. Lisa Randall writes about science jargon and clear communication with the public in an Op-Ed article entitled “Dangling Particles” in the New York Times, Sept. 18, 2005.
- Muse of Fire: Storytelling & The Art of Science Communication by Tim Miller.
- Books by Randy Olsen: Narrative Is Everything: The ABT Framework and Narrative Evolution (2019), Don’t Be Such a Scientist, Second Edition: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (2018) Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story (2015), Connection: Hollywood Storytelling meets Critical Thinking (2013), Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson. (2009).
- If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, Alan Alda.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
I present workshops to help students who want to compete in UConn’s Three Minute Thesis competition. The UConn 3MT competition is part of the Universitas 21 international competition held each year. My workshop instructs students how to build a story about their thesis topic into a 3-minute presentation. I urge students to use storytelling methods to create a narrative structure for their talk. I base my instruction on that advocated by Randy Olson, film maker and science communication instructor and advocate and by Tim Miller, Visiting Assistant professor in the UConn Digital Media and Design program.