Category Archives: PhD students

Feb. 24: Clear Thinking Made Visual

February 24, 2015, 5-6:30 PM
Baker Hall 235B
The PCR Team

presentation2With every figure, slide, and talk, we are building a scientific case – perhaps for the existence of a particle, for the necessity of a policy, or simply for the validity of a control. Yet many of our common practices in presenting information actually obscure the case we’re making. In this workshop (designed for the AAAS 2015 conference), we will discuss fundamental principles for structuring information that apply at all scales, from the lone data figure to the entire talk. Attendees will learn how to apply principles of attention and visual design to turn presentations into what Edward Tufte calls “clear thinking made visible.”

This is the second in a three-part series on preparing strong presentations for audiences outside your field.

Register here.

CMU’s Public Communication for Researchers is a professional development program to teach communication skills to graduate students in fields of research. The goal of PCR is to help participants learn and practice communicating science to people of any background. “We just want to feel comfortable talking about our work to the media, the voting public, and our grandmothers.”

 

 

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Mar. 24: The Presentation Games

presentation3March 24, 2015
Scaife Hall 214 (tentative)
Tony Eng (MIT)

This is the third in PCR’s 3-part series on preparing strong presentations for audiences outside your field.

Workshop 1: Being in the Moment
4-5:30 PM 

One of the most difficult aspects of live presentations is focusing on the audience and not on your content or your delivery. In this workshop, we’ll try to get you out of your head and into the moment by playing some games, many of which come from improvisational theater.

Workshop 2: Delivery
5:45-7:15 PM

Good delivery consists largely of getting rid of habits, but sometimes we aren’t even aware of what our habits are. In this workshop, we’ll help you identify an area to improve and to find ways to make your delivery more effective.

Register for either or both of the workshops here.


CMU’s Public Communication for Researchers is a professional development program to teach communication skills to graduate students in fields of research. The goal of PCR is to help participants learn and practice communicating science to people of any background. “We just want to feel comfortable talking about our work to the media, the voting public, and our grandmothers.”

Help 4 3MT @ GCC

GCCinteraction1Have you signed up for the Three Minute Thesis challenge, to engage an audience and communicate your PhD thesis research in just 3 minutes? The GCC in Hunt Library has your back!

Watch our video on creating a successful 3MT presentation (also available on our Handouts and Resources page, under “Online Video Series”). Make a tutoring appointment to get communication tips and help creating your slide, or to practice delivering your presentation in our private conference room.

Learn all about 3MT. Qualifying rounds for 3MT@CMU will be scheduled during February and March in Posner Center. The final championship round is set for April 7, 2015, in Rashid Auditorium. All rounds are open for anyone to attend.