A university laboratory course to improve scientific communication skills

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    David M. Schultz shares his experience of adapting the lessons from his book 'Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist' to a laboratory course 'Communication Skills for Scientists' at the University of Helsinki during the winter of 2008/09. David recommended that the students buy two books: The Elements of Style (Strunk and White 2000) and Presentation Zen (Reynolds 2008). Having read more than 30 books on communication skills while researching the content for Eloquent Science, David felt these books were the two most essential purchases. The lectures would be supplemented with Gopen and Swan's (1990) 'The Science of Scientific Writing' and draft excerpts from Eloquent Science. In the first homework assignment, each student rated the quality of 20 titles of published journal articles. During the next class period, David asked the students to bring their lists to class, and, within a group of three students, select the absolute worst title among them all and propose a new title.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1259-1266
    Number of pages7
    JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


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