Giving Good Scientific Presentations

If you’re like me, you dreaded presentations in school. Not only were they nerve-wracking because you had to speak to a large group of people, but you also didn’t really know what to say. You ended up muddling through the presentations, never doing an amazing job. Going into graduate school (and beyond), the need for presentations shifts from being something you have to do for class into something that’s expected as a scientist. Now, presentations…

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Take What You Can

When I was younger, I wanted to understand everything that was taught to me in class. If the teacher presented it, I wanted to understand it. I was determined to get everything. This extended throughout my secondary and undergraduate education, where I made sure I could do everything that was asked of me. For my master’s degree, I joined a theoretical physics program that is quite different than the norm. One of the hallmarks of…

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Sharing Your Research

Here’s a question for you: How do you describe your research? No, I’m not talking about how you would describe it in technical detail for half an hour. Instead, what if you only had five minutes to explain? And worse, what if the person asking had barely any idea about the field you’re in? Okay, I can see that you’re starting to get worried. That’s because it’s difficult! When you suddenly have to work with…

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Sharing Your Research

Here’s a question for you: How do you describe your research? No, I’m not talking about how you would describe it in technical detail for half an hour. Instead, what if you only had five minutes to explain? And worse, what if the person asking had barely any idea about the field you’re in? Okay, I can see that you’re starting to get worried. That’s because it’s difficult! When you suddenly have to work with…

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Beautiful Pictures Stuck in our Heads

Ask a mathematician or physicist to explain their work to you, and chances are you will hear them use the word “beautiful” at some point. This could reference an equation, a proof technique, an entire theory, or even just a nice piece of logic. They can talk to you for hours about this topic, explaining it in full detail with more enthusiasm than a lifelong sports fan. And yet, even though I’ve spent a large…

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Beautiful Pictures Stuck in our Heads

Ask a mathematician or physicist to explain their work to you, and chances are you will hear them use the word “beautiful” at some point. This could reference an equation, a proof technique, an entire theory, or even just a nice piece of logic. They can talk to you for hours about this topic, explaining it in full detail with more enthusiasm than a lifelong sports fan. And yet, even though I’ve spent a large…

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A mathematical record from the pandemic

The new normal We are living in a time few of us would have imagined possible only months ago. Millions worldwide are affected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, resulting in a significant loss of life and immense pressure on healthcare systems. Millions are unemployed and facing economic hardships unseen since the Great Depression. Businesses are… Read More A mathematical record from the pandemic

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Resolution of Care

When working on a project or crafting a scientific presentation, there are so many areas where you can cut corners. These can be easy to justify in the moment as aspects that the audience won’t notice. I’ve worked so hard. I deserve some slack! While that may be true to some extent, the reality is that some people will notice. This could be in the laziness required to match all of the fonts in your…

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Resolution of Care

When working on a project or crafting a scientific presentation, there are so many areas where you can cut corners. These can be easy to justify in the moment as aspects that the audience won’t notice. I’ve worked so hard. I deserve some slack! While that may be true to some extent, the reality is that some people will notice. This could be in the laziness required to match all of the fonts in your…

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Permission Granted

When you’re running in a race and moving with a pack, there’s a big difference between being at the front and being just behind the leader. This might sound strange. After all, the two of you are basically moving stride for stride. Yet psychologically, it’s much easier to be following someone than it is to lead. That’s because you can “turn off” your brain while you run. You don’t have to think about keeping up…

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