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Storytelling for Scientists
Description: Understanding and addressing the most complex and urgent challenges of our time—climate change, biodiversity loss, genetic engineering—requires innovative thinkers who can critically assess and communicate scientific ideas. From conference papers to Ted Talks, the ability to translate scientific research to all audiences is an invaluable skill for science majors in every discipline, and the narrative techniques of nonfiction can help students present ideas with compelling energy, clarity, and creativity.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to develop their writing and communication for both the academic and public context, and hone their critical reading skills. The course will culminate in a student-driven final research project that will consist of both a paper and a presentation, which may take the form of a conference-style talk or a multimedia project, such as a short video or podcast.
Course topics will include: knowing your audience, reading like a writer, unpacking structure, staging uncertainty, delivering a pitch, research techniques, and working responsibly with sources. Course will include class visits from SEBS researchers, who will discuss their techniques for conveying the story of their research work to peers, granting agencies, and the public.
Expository Writing 01:355:101 or its equivalent
- McAuliffe, Noreen