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Multi-Week Course: Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
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Multi-Week Course: Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded

6/3/2015 to 6/24/2015
When: Wednesdays
2:00-3:30 PM

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writing science

Facilitator: Joshua Schimel, PhD

As a scientist, you are a professional writer. Your career is built on proposals and papers that teach by telling a clear story, illustrating not just your data but also your novel insights. In this workshop, we will first explore how to use different story structures—why specialist papers have the punch in the conclusions while in a proposal, “if you haven’t told them in the first two pages, you haven’t told them.” From there, we will move down toward paragraphs exploring how to make writing connect and flow. Finally we will explore how to make writing engaging—activating language and decluttering it. The overall goal is to communicate clearly—how to make your writing powerful and professional without being pedantic.


About the Facilitator: 

Dr. Joshua Schimel is Professor of Soil and Ecosystem Ecology at UC Santa Barbara. His scholarship focuses on how soil microbes drive ecosystem functioning, with major efforts in Arctic ecosystems and in California Mediterranean climate ecosystems. He is Chief Editor of Soil Biology & Biochemistry and has served on review panels for NSF, NASA, DOE, and other funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. His long-term interest in science communication led to the publication of his manuscript, Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded, published by Oxford University Press. 

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