Posters, Presentations, and Broader Impacts

Vrylena Olney

The NISE Net is sponsoring a bunch of professional development opportunities at the upcoming Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, April 5 - 9.  Admission is included in meeting registration for all of these workshops, no additional registration is required.

Here are the workshops:

(New!) Technical Poster Design Seminar

Monday, April 5
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel

Yerba Buena Salons 5/6

(4:00 - 4:30 p.m.– social networking and refreshments)

Tuesday, April 6
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 
Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel

Yerba Buena Salons 5/6

One of the mainstays of technical communication, the scientific poster, offers a compact and powerful format for sharing your work with your peers. Yet sometimes even the most brilliant results can be obscured by poor layout or design. Communications expert Tim Miller will share the basic rules of good poster design and show you some of the most effective tools and techniques for creating technical posters with quality and clarity. Numerous examples of good and bad poster design will be critically reviewed. You will leave this session armed with the skills to guarantee that your next scientific poster will stand out in a crowd.

Presentations conducted by Tim Miller of Spokenscience.com

Mastering Science Presentations Instructional Seminar

Three opportunities for you to schedule this popular professional development session!

Monday, April 5

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel
Yerba Buena Rooms 5/6

(4:00-4:30pm – social networking and refreshments)

Tuesday, April 6
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel
Yerba Buena Rooms 5/6

Wednesday, April 7

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel 

Yerba Buena Rooms 5/6

The scientific process is not just about generating ideas; it is about freely sharing those ideas with the broader world. Now, more than ever, the ability to recruit students, attract colleagues, garner attention, and secure funding is tied to your ability to successfully communicate the results of your work, both to peers and to the general public.

Communications expert Tim Miller has spent his career helping scientists and students bring their work out of the laboratory and share it with broader audiences. For a variety of reasons, communicating your research with nonexperts is an important skill. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of sharing science as Miller explains how to choose the very best tools to do the job of communication, and reveals some of the tips and tricks that can help you take your scientific presentations to the next level.

This is a popular seminar, don’t miss out!

Presentations conducted by Tim Miller of Spokenscience.com

Crafting Successful Broader Impacts Plans for NSF Proposals

Tuesday, April 6
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel
Foothills F

Moderator 
Amy Moll, Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Boise State University and
Chair, MRS Public Outreach Committee

Zakya H. Kafafi, Director
Division of Materials Research (DMR)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

If you have plans to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation,you need to think about broader impacts in a rigorous, yet creative way. One of the NSF’s two merit review criteria, “broader impacts” means sharing your research with an audience broader than that of your research peers. You might do this through a range of possible approaches, including diversifying the STEM pipeline, engaging in education and outreach, addressing social relevance and impact of your research, and more. This challenge may leave you feeling overwhelmed, inexperienced, or even apathetic. This seminar will change that by helping you understand the strategies and resources behind creating an effective, thorough, and dynamic broader impacts plan, which will make your proposal even stronger.

This seminar will feature an overview of and introduction to broader impacts by Dr. Zakya Kafafi (NSF), followed by a moderated panel experts in crafting high-quality broader impacts efforts. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of resources and potential partners to help you develop–and implement–your broader impacts plan.