Anything having to do with writing, figure development, or other skills important to presenting one’s ideas and research. Reviewing other papers also fits here.

  • A Communication Exercise: randomize slide presenters
    [Communication & Learning] I recently asked my students to prep Pecha Kucha-style presentations—18 slides that auto-advance every 20 seconds—and then told them to present each other’s slides, a fun and fantastic (if chaotic) way to improve slide quality.
  • Reviewing papers is incredibly valuable experience
    [Communication & Learning] Looking at the in-development work of others pulls back the curtain and reveals insight into the thought process of other researchers. Reviews are a largely-untapped pedagogical resource.
  • Talk figures are different from paper figures
    [Communication & Learning] One communication pitfall I often see is that many researchers will take figures from their papers and paste them into their slides. Here, I provide some tips for tailoring your figures to talks.