Category Archives: Seminars

Don’t you want to share your slides? Here’s an easy way to do it!

A friend of mine here at Wash U, Liz Dorland, shares all her talks. She works on effective science teaching, so I refer to her talks often. Liz uses Slideshare for this. Since she discovered it, it might be good … Continue reading

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Don’t say “that’s a good question” after your seminar!

A good presentation will have questions afterwards. All too often, the speaker answers by saying “That is a great question,” or something like that. It may seem like you are congratulating the brave questioner for their brilliance, so you may … Continue reading

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Need to open really old powerpoints?

You probably aren’t old enough to have talks from the 1990s that you want to open with Powerpoint, to grab old slides, to see how you did it back then, or simply our of curiosity. But if you are and … Continue reading

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Guest post on the tenure talk by Liz Haswell

The Unique Nature of the Tenure Talk Here is Liz Haswell‘s take on talking for tenure. The Tenure Talk. If your department has these, you’ve known it’s on the horizon for years—but it can be terrifying once you actually start … Continue reading

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It isn’t only your story: acknowledge forward

What does it feel like when you hear someone talk about your work as if you never existed? What do they gain by leaving you to a pile of names at the end? Heck, you even made those slides. You … Continue reading

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Will anyone remember your meeting talk?

What if you gave a talk and everyone came, but no one remembered it even as they left the room? What if they did not remember what the main problem was, how you approached it, or what you discovered? What … Continue reading

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Can a big group write a good paper?

This week I’m at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at a Catalysis meeting on the Evolutionary Origins of Multicellularity. There are 28 people on the list. NESCent is the more recent Evolution match of Ecology’s NCEAS. We will spend the … Continue reading

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