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Sci-tech: Oral presentations

Last Updated: 18-Nov-2013

This guide includes resources on giving oral presentations.


Susan McConnell (Stanford): Designing effective scientific presentations

"What is the best way to give a talk that engages and informs your audience? Dr. McConnell gives helpful advice on preparing and presenting an effective scientific talk. She reviews the basics of PowerPoint or Key Note and gives advice on choosing fonts, colors and slide styles. She also recommends ways to structure your talk so the audience stays awake and engaged. Her final recommendation is practice, practice, practice! Whether you are a graduate student presenting journal club or a tenured professor giving an invited lecture, this talk is sure to prove useful."

"The Craft of Scientific Presentations, 2nd edition aims to strengthen you as a presenter of science and engineering. The book does so by identifying what makes excellent presenters such as Brian Cox, Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, and Jill Bolte Taylor so strong. In addition, the book explains what causes so many scientific presentations to flounder.  One of the most valuable contributions of this text is that it teaches the assertion-evidence approach to scientific presentations. Instead of building presentations, as most engineers and scientists do, on the weak foundation of topic phrases and bulleted lists, this assertion-evidence approach calls for building presentations on succinct message assertions supported by visual evidence. Unlike the commonly followed topic-subtopic approach that PowerPoint leads presenters to use, the assertion-evidence approach is solidly grounded in research." (publisher's description)

Preparing/Giving Talks

The craft of scientific communication
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q223 .H37 2010
Dazzle 'em with style
2nd ed. Philadelphia : Elsevier Academic Press, c2006.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » Q223 .A63 2006
Designing science presentations
1st ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2013.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q223 .C325 2013
How to present at meetings
3rd ed. Chichester, West Sussex [England] : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively
2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH315 .H25 2006
Presenting science
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q223 .I87 2010
Scientific writing and communication
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » Q223 .H63 2010
Scientists must speak
2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2011.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q223 .W344 2011
Speaking about science
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q223 .M67 2006
Speaking technically
London, Eng. : Imperial College Press ; River Edge, NJ : distributed by World Scientific, c1996.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » T10.5 .G67 1996
Technical presentation workbook
2nd ed. New York : ASME Press, 2002.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T10.5 .S85 2002
When the scientist presents
Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, c2010.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q223 .L43 2010
Writing and speaking in the technology professions
2nd ed. New York : IEEE Press, c2003.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » T11 .W75 2003

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