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Date registered: January 9, 2014

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  1. Using notes effectively — June 5, 2018
  2. Improve your communication skills! Attend Science Talk 2018 — January 25, 2018
  3. A request to presenters at scientific conferences — August 31, 2017
  4. When the lights come up — August 28, 2017
  5. The Adversity of Neurodiversity — April 13, 2017

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Jun 05

Using notes effectively

  Have you seen a presentation where the speaker reads their notes? Or uses a power point with lots of text and reads the slides? Have you seen a speech where the speaker has troubles connecting with the audience because they are so immersed in their notes? These are no-no’s when it comes to using …

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Jan 25

Improve your communication skills! Attend Science Talk 2018

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Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? Join us at our annual conference and find out! SCIENCE TALK ’18​​ will unite scientists, …

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Aug 31

A request to presenters at scientific conferences


By Allison Coffin I’m on a flight home from a conference in my field – I won’t say which one so as not to point fingers at any particular speaker. Many talks were excellent, both in the content and the delivery. But like most conferences, some were not. Many violated core rules in slide preparation. …

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Aug 28

When the lights come up


By Allison Coffin Have you ever been to a scientific talk that started, “I’d like to thank the organizers for giving me this opportunity to present my work. I’ll start with an introduction on my topic, then describe our methods…” Honestly, by this time I’ve had enough, and I’m usually checking email, or counting down …

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Apr 13

The Adversity of Neurodiversity

By Joseph Seuferling, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student “My name is (insert name here), and I’m an addict”. Chances are that you’ve never heard this introductory statement unless you’re a regular attendee of Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) or Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings. Such a blunt introduction is common practice for recovering addicts who participate in a 12-step …

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Apr 12


By Sterling Gray, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student If you would have asked me what neurodiversity was a couple months ago, I would most likely guess that it had something to do with the study of neurological variation. While that is not entirely wrong, the meaning of neurodiversity that has more currently been used has a …

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Apr 12

Neurocriminology: What can a brain scan tell us about criminal behavior?


By Hannah Turner, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student   What if I were to tell you that neuroscience could predict whether an adolescent was likely to grow up to be a criminal? Or that scanning the brain of a criminal could predict the likelihood of recidivism, especially in cases involving violent offenders? Are you able believe …

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Apr 10

Affordable & Professional Scientific Communication 101

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By Cole Dawson, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student When you need to present information to a large audience on a budget, turn to posters. Not familiar with the ins and out of poster making? Don’t worry, I’ve got some tools to take to your next poster session that will make you appear organized and professional. To …

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Apr 09

Working with visual aids


By Kathleen Darling, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student One of the most prevalent struggles in the scientific community today, regardless of discipline, is that of getting your message across. After all the hard work, designing experiments, acquiring funding, collecting data, running analysis. None of it truly matters if your science can’t reach an audience. But presenting …

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Apr 08

“Posterizing” Your Data

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By Tammy Hilgendorf, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience Student As a scientist you are known for your brains, but to be successful you must be able to present your findings in a meaningful way. Many times, it takes the form of a poster at a convention.  Exhausted and caffeine buzzing colleagues and potential employers are passing by …

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