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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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How to Write a 5 Minute Talk

by Kelle January 5, 2011

How to Write a 5 Minute Talk | Cosmic Variance Required reading for anybody preparing a talk for AAS.  Actually, a lot of the advice in here applies just as well to 50 minute talks. My favorite bits: 1. The key to framing the talk is to figure out that One New Thing, and then […]

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Professional Development Workshops at AAS 217 in Seattle

by Kelle October 29, 2010

In a continuing effort to expand the professional development offerings at the AAS Meetings, I have again put together some workshops and seminars at the upcoming Seattle Meeting in addition to the other workshops and special sessions. And this time, they are NSF sponsored! The three small, intensive workshops are on 1) Conveying Messages with […]

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10-Step Guide to Designing a Presentation

by Kelle September 29, 2010

Design a Presentation | Extreme Presentation Method Detailed 10-step guide for preparing effective and persuasive presentations. You should not draw any slides until step eight, 80% of the way through the process. (via Juice Analytics).

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Links: Error Estimation, Dance Your PhD, and More.

by Kelle September 22, 2010

Error estimation in astronomy: A guide. (arXiv:1009.2755v1) | astro-ph California state colleges and universities will get more than $200 million in stimulus funds | Los Angeles Times ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ Finalists Announced | Science Now I’d like to start compiling the Astronomy submissions to this competition, past and present. Please post links to Astronomy PhD […]

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Links: Employment Prospects, No Bullet Points in Star Wars, Acadamnit, and Much More.

by Kelle August 27, 2010

Postgraduate degrees produce employable people – it's official | onlinelibrary.wiley.com Subscription Required. “A survey has confirmed that [postgraduate degrees in astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science and particle physics] bring excellent long-term employment prospects and above-average salaries, within sciences and elsewhere, boosting the case for funding studentships in order to support science and industry.” (via @USA […]

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Links: Decadal Round Up, Myths about Girls in Science, New LaTeX Site, and Much, Much More.

by Kelle August 20, 2010

These posts are getting too long. I’m going to start doing this twice a week: Tuesdays, in addition to Fridays. Stop Admitting Ph.D. Students | Inside Higher Ed “Knowing that prospective students apply to graduate school of their own free will, with hope in their hearts and stardust in their eyes, doesn’t absolve faculty of […]

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Links: Future of NASA missions, Diversity Handbook, and more.

by Kelle May 7, 2010

2010 Senior Review for Operating Missions – NASA Science | science.nasa.gov Results of the most recent Senior Review of NASA’s operating missions. Link to a PDF with comments on each mission at the bottom of the page. Their rank ordering, from highest to lowest: Plank, Chandra, Warm Spitzer, Swift, Newton, WMAP, Suzaku, GALEX, RXTE, INTEGRAL, […]

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