Effective Scientific Communication: The Other Half of Science


Effective Scientific Communication: The Other Half of Science Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Inc Pages: 432 Language: English ISBN: 9780190646813 Category:

Writing composition and the sciences are intricately linked. Without writing, science would not exist – and could not be funded, communicated, replicated, enhanced, or applied. Further, writing helps scientists (and students) understand the science, explain the results of research in a greater context, and develop new ideas. Working from this philosophy, this book primarily addresses undergraduate STEM majors and minors who want or need to improve their scientific writing skills. Grounded in the basics of rhetorical research and scientific writing practices and guided by the authors’ experiences in the classroom, this book makes the case that writing is an essential component of science regardless of the stage of the scientific process, and that it is in fact a component of thinking about science itself. Featuring student-centered stories that place each topic in context and suggestions for practice, Hanganu-Bresch and Flaherty arm STEM students with the skills to enhance critical thinking and cultivate good writing habits.

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Effective Scientific Communication is a book that offers practical guides in a range of scientific skills. This is a text that is very clearly written for students in the sciences . . . It is accessible without dumbing-down the scientific process, and offers tips and tricks throughout in order to help the reader navigate the beginning of their writing career. This is a real strength of the book. a strong introduction to the scientific process and communicating about data . . . I can see it quickly becoming a core and essential text. It will certainly be on my reommended reading lists * Craig Harper, Nottingham Trent University, The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin *

Author Biography

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of the Sciences, where she has been teaching writing and scientific writing since 2008. She holds graduate degrees in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from James Madison University and the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about rhetoric of science, medical rhetoric, and writing education. Kelleen Flaherty is adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences. She has worked as a bench scientist, a college professor (for scientific and writing classes), and for the professional medical educational industry as a regulatory writer, a promotional writer, a publications writer, and a continuing medical education writer. She regularly presents at the national level on topics germane to professional medical writers and serves on both local and national committees and commissions dedicated to training medical writers.