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Writing in the Sciences Coursera Course Opens Today
Posted On: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:57 by Jesse Akman

Enrollment opens today for Dr. Kristin Sainani's Coursera Course "Writing in the Sciences." This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences. This course is for undergraduate and graduate students; medical students; scientists; medical professionals; and science writers.

Dr. Kristin Sainani is an epidemiologist based at Stanford University. You can learn more about Dr. Sainani's work...

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Tags: writing support, writing, scientific writing, Coursera, workshop, for researchers

Common Grammar Mistakes
Posted On: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:01 by Matthew Johnson

Bad grammar might distract readers from an otherwise good paper or make your work more difficult to read and comprehend. On the other hand, good writing may make an otherwise bad paper appear better than it is. 

Here are some explanations for a few common mistakes in scientific writing: 

    • Incorrectly writing units or incorrectly using hyphens
      • Use hyphens with adjectives. My camera has a 24-mm lens, but the lens is 24 mm
      • Remember to put a space between the number and unit if there isn't a hyphen.
      • The not-so-simple instructions were not so helpful. 
      • Here's more from ...
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Tags: grammar, scientific writing, writing, writing support

Having Writer's Block? Try These Fun Apps!
Posted On: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:06 by Matthew Johnson

Do you ever get stuck writing? Or do you just not want to get started? Check out these writing apps to psych you up for a great and fun writing session.

The Most Dangerous Writing App

If you stop writing, all of your work will be deleted!

This app will get you started on writing and kick up your adrenaline. You set a time limit, and if you stop writing before time is up, everything you've written will be lost. It's stressful and encouraging. For added excitement, try hardcore mode.

The primary point of using this app is to force you to get something on the page to get you started, then you can go back and edit or build off the...

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Trouble Communicating with Non-Scientists?
Posted On: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:47 by Erica Brody

Do you have trouble communicating with Non-Scientists? Check out these tips from leading weather scientist, Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

  • Know your audience. Many scientists are guilty of delivering the same message to the Rotary Club or Congressional Staffers that they give at a science conference. Research and understand your audience. Anthony Leiserowitz, an excellent climate communication scholar at Yale, once told me, "Not knowing your audience is like throwing darts at a dartboard with the lights off."
  • Get to the point. As scientists we are trained to describe a ton of details and background information before we give the final results...
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Medical Student Press Seeking Editorial Team Members
Posted On: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 09:26 by Megan von Isenburg

The Medical Student Press is a robust editorial service with multiple online platforms for the publishing projects of medical students. The editor in chief is a medical student at the University of Rochester, but the editorial team is cross-institutional. The group aims to improve the reach and quality of medical students' scholarly publications on a global scale. Their projects, run by a team of medical student editors with faculty guidance, operate using Open Journal Systems and support open-access publishing.

The Medical Student Press is currently seeking applicants for the following positions. See more and apply online at the Medical Student Press Website.

Executive Editor (application deadline...

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Tags: writing, publishing

RFP: Rigorous reviews on humanistic healthcare
Posted On: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 11:03 by Megan von Isenburg

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute is seeking proposals for "rigorous reviews of literature that use established methods of evidence synthesis to produce thoughtful analysis and discussion of evidence relating to the practice or teaching of humanistic healthcare." This RFP fits into the ongoing project on "Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together."

Interested in applying? Contact the library at medical-librarian@duke.edu to see how we can partner on this project.

Applications are duke July 17th and the RFP is online at...

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NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13)
Posted On: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 09:40 by Emily Mazure

NLM has grant funding available to support the preparation of scholarly works with value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences.

Applications are due February 20, 2014.

Grant Details

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences. NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of...

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