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Communication

PhD+ RCS Special Topic: International Perspectives on Science Communication

November 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on one week prior to session

In this new discussion series, we will explore science communication around the world. For each session, a brief read-ahead will be provided (a book chapter, a blog, a news article, etc) to prime our conversation. What can learn from our friends around the world about communicating science and what impact does it have?  You are welcome to come and participate or join us just to listen. All are welcome! We request that you register in order to receive the read-ahead materials. 

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PhD+ RCS Special Topic: Telling Your Research Story

November 19, 2020 | 3:30 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on one week prior to session

Storytelling is a wonderful skill. How many times have you listened to someone tell a story and found yourself lost in the moment? In this 75-minute workshop, we will work on a technique to help you explain your research as a story. Please come with a draft version (1-2 paragraphs) and we will collaborate to transform it into a story. Limited to 12 participants, but we will run a waitlist. 

Register here by Monday Nov. 16 at 5:00PM.

PhD+ RCS Special Topic: Writing in Plain Language

November 18, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on one week prior to session

(Please note that this is the same workshop as the Nov. 4th session.) 

In this one hour workshop, we will practice four basic principles of writing in plain language.

You may be wondering, what is plain language? Good question. "Plain language" is way of communicating information simply and efficiently to your audiences. By using plain language, you relieve your reader (or listener) of the extra effort required to interpret jargon or process long sentences. 

PhD+ RCS Special Topic: Audience Analysis

November 11, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on one week prior to session

Have you ever heard anyone say, "know your audience"? That's great advice, but how do you do it? In this one hour session, we will explore a variety ways of getting to know your audience. This hour-long session is primarily relevant to oral presentations, but may also be useful to writers with a specific audience in mind. 

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PhD+ RCS Special Topic: Writing in Plain Language

November 4, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on one week prior to session

(Please note that this is the same workshop as the Nov. 18th session.) 

In this one hour workshop, we will practice four basic principles of writing in plain language.

You may be wondering, what is plain language? Good question. "Plain language" is way of communicating information simply and efficiently to your audiences. By using plain language, you relieve your reader (or listener) of the extra effort required to interpret jargon or process long sentences. 

PhD+ RCS Level 1: Designing Awesome Slides

October 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom

It's a universal experience: Every single one of us has sat through a presentation with slides that distracted from the speaker. Perhaps you even had a good nap because the speaker read every word on every slide. In this session, we will identify the classic PPT pitfalls that limit our audiences' ability to receive our message. We will show you design options to make your slide complement you as the speaker rather than compete with you for the audience's attention.

PhD+ RCS Level 1: Mastering Your Physical Presence

October 13, 2020 | 4:00 pm

Have you ever thought much about your physical presence in front of an audience? A lot of people immediately think about the act of speaking, which often invites nerves and even fear. But there is a lot more to you when you present. In this session, we'll focus on techniques you can use to engage your audience and build your confidence, making a better presentation experience for you both.

Due to high demand, we are unable to offer single session registration. Register for the Series here.

PhD+ RCS Level 1: Conquering Jargon

October 6, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom

Imagine you are explaining your research to a friend or family member. As you finish, they are staring at you with a glazed look in their eyes. One reason for their confusion might be jargon, or the use of disciplinary specific words. In session, we'll work on recognizing when we are using jargon and how to manage it. 

Due to high demand, we are unable to offer single session registration. Register for the Series here.

PhD+ AHSS Future Faculty: Job Offers & Negotiations

October 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm
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This is part of Level 3: Job Search of PhD Plus Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Future Faculty module.

In this session, we will have Dr. Christian McMillen, Professor & Associate Dean from the College of Arts & Sciences to share his thoughts on how to approach and assess a potential job offer, including how, and what, one might want to negotiate for (or not). After addressing these aspects, you will get a chance to ask your questions.

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