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GCC workshop

GCC logoworkshop stock photo5x4Making the Case for Your Research in Your Abstract, Introduction and Literature Review
WHEN: February 17, 5-6 pm
WHERE: Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

This workshop will teach you 4 steps that make the case for why your research is an essential contribution to the field. These 4 “moves” turn your research into a compelling narrative and highlight the importance and innovation of your work, especially when communicating to a non-specialist audience. These well-established moves can help you structure the abstract, introduction and literature review of journal articles and papers, in both the sciences and humanities. They can also be applied in various other contexts, including conference presentations, application materials, and grant proposals. Pizza will be provided. Visit cmu.edu/gcc to sign up.

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.”

 

 

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.”

Friday, 5/8: Information Literacy Exchange

Friday, 5/8, 10 am – noon. Information Literacy Exchange [1-page flyer]

  • Teaching information  literacy standards
  • Yin/Yang of information  literacy
  • Applying information  literacy
  • Lesson plans/what you can do in 50 minutes

Presented by the Library Instruction Committee. RSVP to ethanp@andrew.cmu.edu.