scientific talks

AAS 219 Twitter Review: Presentations

by Jessica Lu January 18, 2012

I attended AAS 219 in Austin and rather than take my own personal notes, I decided to tweet (@jlu_astro) during some of the sessions. My goal was to extract the most interesting and useful information so that anybody not in the room could get a small taste of what the session was like. Over the […]

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Professional Development at AAS 219 in Austin

by Kelle September 15, 2011

Updated Oct 10, 2011 with additional workshops and more details. The 219th AAS Meeting in Austin, TX from January 8-12, 2012 is coming up, and as a continued tradition, thanks to growing community involvement and NSF funding, professional development workshops, seminars, and special sessions will once again be offered. This year, more than ever! The […]

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Giving Presentations from the iPad? [Ask Astrobetter]

by Kelle August 10, 2011

AstroBetter reader Eilat asks: One of the reasons I got the iPad was because I have heard great things about giving talks and presentations using the iPad. I understand that you can actually write on the screen during a presentation. This makes me hopeful about the end days of the laser pointer! If you or […]

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Roundup: Communicating Science

by Jane May 20, 2011

Three loosely-related links about science communication: Jeff Masters’ (Wunder Blog) synopsis of flood control along the Mississippi is fascinating, and perfectly illustrated by the diagram below, one of the best scientific illustrations I’ve yet seen.  It’s a typical “before-and-after” two-part figure, but each is so detailed, and so fundamentally different in world-view, that it conveys […]

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Keynote’s Export to PDF Saved My Talk

by Kelle May 18, 2011

I gave a colloquium at a Physics Department yesterday. I was ready and confident. My host saw my Mac and said, “um, er is there any way I can convince you to put your presentation on a stick and present from our computer?” I said, “Does the computer have Keynote?” No, of course it doesn’t. […]

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Talks: Don’t be a laptop yo-yo

by Jane February 15, 2011

When you give talks or lectures, do you move around the room and point at the screen when required?   Does that cause you, like a yo-yo at string’s end,  to sproing back to your laptop every 2 minutes to advance the slide? Or do you have the opposite problem:  Do you give your talk while […]

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Word Whiskers of Self Doubt and Phantom Questions: Like, you know?

by Kelle January 24, 2011

Sorry for the stream of posts on presentations, but AAS was clearly inspiring. Like, you know? | Mahalo.ne.Trash JohnJohn brings up several excellent points about the speech patterns pervasive in the language of our youth (mostly). Not just sentences sung like questions, but also word whiskers and everyday language indicative of self-doubt. Commenter Megan commented […]

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Learning to Give Better Talks: One Message per Slide. One Slide per Message.

by Kelle January 21, 2011

How to give effective oral presentations | Physicist/Feminist There are some fundamental principles of giving effective talks that everyone should learn and try to implement to the best of their ability. Not everybody is going to give great talks, but all of us can give better ones! Towards that end, one of the professional development […]

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Presenter Notes: Get your cheatsheets off your slides!

by Jane January 19, 2011

Why are our slides so wordy? Are we afraid we’ll forget what to say?  That would be bad, because memory-jogging notes for you aren’t words tuned for your audience.  Worse, your audience’s attention will be divided between your voice and your wordy slides. Previously, I recommended strategies for lean, effective slides when giving scientific talks.  Now, […]

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Twitter at AAS #aas217

by Kelle January 7, 2011

Twitter is useful to astronomers for many things, but one thing that stands out to me is information sharing at conferences. You don’t have to tweet or even register on twitter to follow the action, just search for #aas217: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=#aas217 Twitter at conferences works best if there’s a critical mass of people tweeting useful info […]

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