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Books from the CPD Lending Library

Check out books from the CPD Lending Library. To check something out, visit our office in G-9556 or email us with your request.

Are You Really Listening?: Keys to Successful Communication
By Paul J. Donoghue, Ph.D. and Mary E. Siegel, Ph.D.

Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings
By Vernon Booth

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd edition
By Kerry Paterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
By Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Preparing Scientific Illustrations: A Guide to Better Posters, Presentations, and Publications
By Mary H. Briscoe

Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
By Nancy Ancowitz

Thank You For Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
By Jay Heinrichs

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
By Edward R. Tufte

Working with Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman


Science Communication for Diverse Audiences (IND 426)

This course s offers a hands-on based approach to improve science communication skills. Students will have the opportunity to work in small groups to learn basic presentation skills, distill their scientific message for a multitude of audiences, and become more comfortable presenting in front of groups. We will focus on improving communication with both scientific and non-scientific audiences. This course integrates some of the newest training techniques in the field including improvisation and storytelling, which serve to help scientists better connect to audiences in the moment. The course will also offer brief sections on writing for non-scientific audiences. Participants should come ready to step outside of their comfort zone and dive into a variety of different training techniques from week to week.

Workshop in Scientific Communication by Dr. PJ Simpson-Haidaris (IND 417)

This workshop addresses a range of scientific writing topics including: abstract preparation; poster creation and presentation; oral presentations, responding to manuscript reviews and critiques; performing manuscript reviews; Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Endnote software tips for manuscript formatting; copyright issues; and administrative sections of grant applications (proper Biosketches; Support letters from Collaborators; Resources and Environment; Resource Sharing, Biohazard or Select Agent plans; Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research). Each student will be required to complete one writing/presentation assignment (scientific manuscript, review article, poster presentation, abstract and oral presentation, or sections of a grant/thesis proposal). No prerequisites.

Online Resources


Communicating Science and ComSciCon2015
From Inside Higher Ed, by Katy Meyers Emery

Do You Have Mysterious Dragons in Your Research?
From Inside Higher Ed, by Joseph Barber

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Better Communication With Your Supervisor
From Science Careers, by Patricia Gosling and Bart Noordam


Presentation Zen
Garr Reynolds' blog on issues related to professional presentation design.


Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers
From the NIH


The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press
Offers various communication-related resources

Scientific Communication
From Scitable, by Nature Education