Writing to be Understood: Communicating Science Clearly

Monday May 6, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Organization: Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Location: DHMC Fuller Board Room

Scientists at all levels struggle with their writing, whether it be writing grants, manuscripts, oral presentations, or just basic communication to their peers and the public. Technical ability is obviously crucial to success in any scientist’s or clinician’s career. But of greater importance is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Individuals who rise to leadership positions in organizations generally do so because they can express their ideas in persuasive, concise ways. Stated another way, it’s hard to get a group of people excited about an idea or a new product if these things cannot be communicated in a clear and compelling way. In this seminar, we will examine the basis for why scientists have difficulty being clear, and offer ways scientists can enhance their scholarly writing by using some proven techniques.

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Christopher Dant, a faculty instructor at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, who was formerly an investigator in molecular biology, a medical journal editor, and director of grants at Stanford Medical School. He works with investigators at Dartmouth to help them write more clearly.

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