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Palo Alto AWIS Mentoring Meeting - Speaking about Science: Giving Effective Research Presentations

Date:   May 9, 2011

Time:   7:00-9:00 PM (light supper included)

Location:   Mitchell Earth Science Building, 1st floor conference room, Stanford University
Sponsor:   Association of Women in Science (AWIS) - Palo Alto Chapter

Event details:  
Speaking About Science: Giving Effective Research Presentations
Susan McConnell, PhD
Susan B. Ford Professor, Dunlevie Family University Fellow, Dept. of Biology

From group meetings to lectures to job talks, scientists need to give clear, effective presentations. What is the best way to give a talk that engages and informs your audience? Susan McConnell has prepared helpful advice on preparing and presenting an effective scientific talk.

She reviews the basics of PowerPoint or KeyNote 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. Whether you're a graduate student presenting journal club or a tenured professor giving an invited lecture, this talk on giving talks is sure to prove useful.

About the speaker: Susan McConnell received her A.B. degree in Biology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in 1980 and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 1987. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1989 and is currently the Susan B. Ford Professor of Humanities and Sciences. McConnell is interested in how neural circuits are established during mammalian brain development. She studies the mechanisms by which young neurons are generated, acquire an identity, and establish specific connections in the developing cerebral cortex. McConnell is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award. Her teaching has been recognized by the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching.

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