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Keep It or Cut It?
Thoughts on Simplification

In this blog post, I talked about researchers' fear of leaving information out of their research communication products. This week, I'm digging a little deeper into the specifics of what types of information (in my opinion) are and aren't OK…

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Reflections on Two Memorable Job Talks

In academia, and in companies with academic leanings, there are events known as Job Talks.  A Job Talk is one component of job interviews for professors, researchers, and the like. In exchange for free food of varying quality, current employees…

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This is the cover of the book Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and graphics that will change how you see the world by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti.

Book Review: Atlas of the Invisible

Normally, I wouldn't expect to be reading an "atlas" for work. But, when Evelina Judeikyte called Atlas of the Invisible "one of [her] favourite discoveries this year!," I had to check it out. And I'm so glad I did! When…

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So You’re Going to Judge a Poster Competition…

Spring is the season not just for The Pollening, but also for events like elementary school science fairs and graduate student research symposia. Last week, I talked with a group of PhD students about scientific posters. One of them was…

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Rejected Manuscripts: There’s a Third Option

In late March, an economics professor Tweeted about his academic dilemma: His manuscript had just been rejected from a journal for the seventh time. Should he give up on the paper? Last time I checked, the Tweet had 107 comments.…

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This is a photo of the cover of the book Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs. It was written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. It was an illustration of a man in colonial clothing, lounging on a line graph, with a bar graph in the background. The book is next to some crayons and a drawing of a line graph.

Book Review: Lines, Bars and Circles

The first time I remember hearing about William Playfair was in W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits. Playfair was credited with inventing the line graph, bar graph, and pie chart. WHAT?! William, where have you been all my life?!*…

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Book Review: Presenting Virtually by Patti Sanchez

We’re living in a virtual world, and Patti Sanchez is here to help. I received Sanchez’s book, Presenting Virtually: Communicate and Connect with Online Audiences, as a (much wanted!) Christmas gift. I had some down time in January, and what…

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