The Art of Scientific Communication:
I Communicating Science to Scientists
II Communicating Science to Non-Scientists
Instructor: Dr. Igor V. Roshchin
Office: MPHY 459 (new Mitchell Physics building)
Email: roshchin AT physics [dot] tamu [dot] edu
Welcome to Physics 489 - The Art of Scientific Communication!
Being a scientist today is about more than just being smart and adventurous. Modern scientists interact with many people from all walks of life, and it is extremely important to be able to communicate efficiently.
Whether you have plans for an academic or industrial career, good communication skills are both a requirement for almost any job, and a necessity for getting a job. In your future career, most of you will have to write scientific documents (from short e-mails to lengthy manuscripts), and make a variety of presentations from a 30-second "elevator pitch" to an hour-long talks. Besides these "traditional" forms of scientific writing and presentations, you will also practice interviewing and writing a resume. This course will help you build communication skills required of today's scientists, and acquire very important practical knowledge that will help you in your job search and in your work.
In addition, this course covers yet another important aspect of scientific communication: how to get the information from various sources. You will learn techniques for reading scientific literature and practice various methods of searching for and organizing technical information. These advanced communication skills are essential in many fields of science and engineering.
There are no required textbooks for this class: all important material
will be discussed in class.
In addition to that I list a few books that collectively address most of the points to be discussed in this class. These books also discuss other useful aspects that we will not be able to cover in this class, but you may benefit from them.
Note, that all these books are available in Evans Annex 4th floor media and Reserves - for a limited time checkout.
The information below may and will change often throughout the course.
It is your responsibility to check it often: when told so by the instructor, and periodically (recommended: morning after each lecture).
Office hours: Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm(subject to change)
Additional (by request): Tuesday, 4-5pm
or by appointment.
Important information will be posted here (updates, changes, etc.)
There will be no lecture notes and no lecture materials posted, except when announced otherwise in class.
Useful campus resources
Academic Misconduct and Scientific Ethics:
Example of how different media can be used for what is traditionally "written communication" (scientific article):
Communication to non-scientists:
Part 1: Final presentation: Friday, November 4, 3-6pm
Place: MPHY-107 (regular classroom)
Copyright © 2010-2011, Igor Roshchin.