A great resource for science and technical communication. Great for looking at how experts explain complex ideas to others.
Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
Heart racing, palms sweating, labored breathing? No, you’re not having a heart attack — it’s stage fright! If speaking in public makes you feel like you’re fighting for your life, you’re not alone. But the better you understand your body’s reaction, the more likely you are to overcome it. Mikael Cho advises how to trick your brain and steal the show.
A great article about the “soft skills” scientists need in an industry job—working in teams, responding appropriately to different situations, and explaining technical material to a lay audience—all skills that we teach in our science and technical communication classrooms.
What you may lack or need to improve, however, are “soft skills,” like understanding when to push forward and when to let others lead, how to work nicely with a team, how to analyze the politics of the workplace and respond appropriately, and how to explain technical material to a lay audience. Academe is an insular world, and conducting scientific research can be a relatively solitary endeavor, but in order to succeed in an industry job, you must be able to work and communicate not only with other scientists, but also with nonscientists.