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Albert Einstein

Physics 598 PEN

Communicating Physics Research
Spring 2018

The whole of science is nothing more
than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Albert Einstein, Physics and Reality, 1936

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Physics 598PEN Syllabus

Physics 598 PEN - Course Syllabus - Spring 2018

(Syllabus is subject to change!)

Week

Date

Lectures

Homework Assignments

Assignments Due

Writing Workshop Assignment

Reading

1

Jan 19

Course Introduction;
Persuasive Science Communication

Assignment 1:
1-page Research Topic paper


WW0


2

Jan 26

Getting Started If You Hate to Write (cme)
Journal Club Presentations;
Journal Club Template (cme)

Assignment 2:
Journal Club Presentation/Referee Report


WW1
(solutions)

Paragraphs

3

Feb 2

Organization of a Scientific Paper: Writing Abstracts and Introductions

Assignment 3:
Research Topic Abstract and Introduction w/ References

Assignment 1 Due

WW2
(solutions)

4

Feb 9

Scientific Presentations; How to Lose Your Listeners;Writing Referee Reports
Publication Process/Refereeing; Referencing


JC Paper Selection Due

WW3
(solutions)

Verb Usage

5

Feb 16

Methods and Results Sections of Scientific Papers; Displaying Scientific Data

Assignment 4:
Research Methods and Results w/ Figures

Assignment 3 Draft Due

WW4
(in class handout)

Figures and Captions


Graphing Resources

6

Feb 23

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:







Referee Report Due

WW5
(solutions)

Introductory Commas

7

March 2

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:






Assignment 5:
20-Minute Research Presentation

Referee Report Due

WW6 (solutions)

Ambiguous Pronouns

8

March 9

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:





Assignment 3 Final Due

WW7 (solutions)

Poster "Stump" Speeches
Effective Scientific Posters
Scientific Poster Example/Template

9

March 16

Writing Scientific Proposals; Effective Project Summaries; Physics 598 Proposal Assignment

Assignment 6:
Scientific Proposal

Assignment 4 Draft Due

WW8 (solutions)

Physics 598 PEN Proposal Cover Sheet


March 23

SPRING BREAK





10

March 30

Proposal Review Process; CVs for Proposals; Preparing a Proposal Budget

Assignment 7:
Final Research Paper


WW9 (solutions)

NSF-style CV template

NIH-style CV template

11

April 6

20-Minute Research Presentations:




Proposal Project Summaries Due

WW10
(solutions)

12

April 13

20-Minute Research Presentations:









Assignment 4 Final Due

WW11 (solutions)

Only

13

April 20

20-Minute Research Presentations:







Proposal Due
Proposal Review Form

Proposal Review Assignments

WW12 (solutions)

With
Need
Like

14

April 27

Phys 598PEN Proposal Panel Review


Final Paper Due by May 11