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The Craft of Scientific Presentations


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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Speech: The Words You Say.- Structure: The Strategy You Choose.- Visual Aids: Your Supporting Cast.- Delivery: You, the Room, and the Audience.- Conclusion: Aim High.

About the Author

Holding a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Michael Alley is an Associate Professor of Engineering Communication at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of three popular textbooks: The Craft of Scientific Presentations (2003), The Craft of Editing (2000), and The Craft of Scientific Writing (1996).


From the reviews of the second edition:"Alley's book as an important and must-read guide for anyone in the scientific field. Professors, researchers and students will greatly benefit from Alley's work. The book also has the benefit of being short and concrete-a plus for the busy scientist." (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews,, March, 2014)

"The second edition ... of this readable and informative volume highlights 13 critical errors to avoid in scientific presentations. Alley (Virginia Tech) provides examples through words and images about how to best convey ideas and meaning by understanding, connecting with, and engaging the audience. ... This is a valuable work for academic and research libraries supporting, in particular, faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (J. Clemons, Choice, Vol. 51 (5), January, 2014)

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