Category Archives: Communication

The power of explaining someone else’s idea

In our short evening class we like to have time to think, time to write, time to talk, and time to share. When these go together well, it is transformative. Last week in the last class before spring break, we … Continue reading

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Have you figured out how to make a graphical abstract?

Figures make papers easier to understand. I love it when a paper has a flow diagram of what exactly they did, especially when they also say why. I don’t know why, but figures stick in ways that pure words do … Continue reading

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Thinking of starting your paper with a quote? Be careful!

It is a wonderful feeling to start a piece with a quote that means something to you. You can connect to someone famous who has said something much more clearly than you might. From there you can move on to … Continue reading

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The best way to summarize your research on your webpage

Will people smile when they go to your research web page? Will they immediately know what you do, broad and narrow? Do you delight? I certainly hope you don’t overwhelm with words. I just opened an investigators web page to … Continue reading

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The ambiguity of silence

A friend of mine who works in the oil business once told me about binational meetings that went astray because for one set of people silence meant agreement while for the other it meant disagreement. The agreeing faction got annoyed … Continue reading

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Learning German from Jenny Erpenbeck

Jenny Erpenbeck writes a poetic, clear, and sad German. She reads herself on Audible with a crystalline German that reminds me of a young Mosel wine, or the ring of a toast  from my grandparents’s hundred year old wine glasses. … Continue reading

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What is in your email signature?

We all have various things in our email signatures. Title, contact information and links are common. Little trite phrases are too. Since these things seldom get printed out, there is no harm in making them longish. I took the actual … Continue reading

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