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Albert Einstein

Physics 598 PEN

Communicating Physics Research
Spring 2021

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 2021

(Syllabus is subject to change!)

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Week

Date

Lectures

Homework Assignments

Assignments Due

Writing Workshop Assignment

Reading

Zoom/Video

1

Jan 29

Course Introduction;
Persuasive Science Communication

Assignment 1:
1-page Research Topic paper


WW0


Zoom Link


Video Recording

2

Feb 5

Scientific Writing Tips;
Journal Club Presentations;
Journal Club Presentation Template

Assignment 2:
Journal Club Presentation/Referee Report


WW1
(Solutions)

WW1 Debrief

Paragraphs

Writing Cohesive Paragraphs

Zoom Link


Video Recording

3

Feb 12

The Publication Process and Writing Referee Reports

Assignment 1 Due

WW2
(Solutions)

WW2 Debrief

"Why Did You Accept My Paper" paper

Zoom Link


Video Recording

4

Feb 19

Writing Abstracts and Introductions


Assignment 3:
Research Topic Abstract and Introduction w/ References

JC Paper Selection Due

WW3
(Solutions)

WW3 Debrief

Verb Usage

Zoom Link


Video Recording

5

Feb 26

Giving Better Talks (cme)
How to Lose Your Listeners (cme)

WW4
(Solutions)

Ambiguous Pronouns

Zoom Link


Video Recording

6

Mar 5

Methods and Results Sections of Scientific Papers

Displaying Scientific Data

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:
Xuefei Guo;
Josephine Melia


Assignment 4:
Research Methods and Results w/ Figures

Assignment 3 Draft Due

Referee Report Due

WW5

Writing an Editor Cover Letter

Figures and Captions

Graphing Resources

Zoom Link


Video Recording

7

March 12

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:
Alejandro Cardenas Avendano;
Caitlin Kengle;
Patrick Kwon;
Kathleen Oolman

Assignment 5:
20-Minute Research Presentation

Referee Report Due

WW6
(handout)

Zoom Link


Video Recording

8

March 19

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:
Chandana Gopalakrishnappa;
Po-Cheng Kung;
Colin Lualdi;
Laura Troyer

Assignment 3 Final Due

WW7 (solutions)

Zoom Link


Video Recording

9

March 26

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:
Francisco Andrade Chavez;
John Floyd;
Nachi Shah;
Samyukta Shrivastav;
Pei-Wen Tsai

WW8

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

Zoom Link


Video Recording

10

April 2

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

20-Minute Journal Club Presentations:

Assignment 6:
Scientific Proposal

Assignment 4 Draft Due

WW9

Physics 598 PEN Proposal Cover Sheet

"What Words Are Worth" paper

Zoom Link


Video Recording

11

April 9

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

20-Minute Research Presentations:



WW10

NSF-style CV template

NIH-style CV template

Zoom Link


Video Recording

12

April 16

20-Minute Research Presentations:









Proposal Project Summaries Due

WW11

Only

Zoom Link


Video Recording

13

April 23

20-Minute Research Presentations:





Proposal Due
Proposal Review Form

Proposal Review Assignments

WW12

With
Need
Like

Zoom Link


Video Recording

14

April 30

Phys 598PEN Proposal Panel Review


Assignment 4 Final Due







Zoom Link


Video Recording