Racism in Grant Funding

In “Racial Inequity in Grant Funding from the NIH,” Michael A Taffe and Nicholas W Gilpin note that “Several analyses have revealed that African-American/Black scientists are less likely to receive NIH grant funding compared with their white, Hispanic/Latinx, or Asian colleagues.” They make a persuasive argument, based on research studies, that Black scientists are awarded fewer… Read More Racism in Grant Funding

Granting Transparency

In their article, “Grant Application Review: The Case of Transparency” David Gurwitz, Elena Milanesi, and Thomas Koenig suggest that grant success rates have fallen over the past decade.  They note this in part to make a call for increased transparency in grant funding How do Gurwitz, Milanesi, and Koenig characterize transparency? What steps should granting… Read More Granting Transparency

Surmise to Sunrise

Read Jonathan Weiner’s Scientific American article “From Surmise to Sunrise.” He notes that “There’s a publishing rule that every formula you use in a book cuts your potential readership in half.” As a scientist, what do you make of this claim? Write a thoughtful response to Weiner’s short essay. You may find the following questions… Read More Surmise to Sunrise

Gendered Workplace

Today we are reading Janet Holmes’s chapter “The Role of Gender in Workplace Talk” from her book Gendered Talk at Work. This Atlantic ariticle suggests that sexism is still a problem in the sciences; being aware of our gendered ways of speaking may be the first step to creating an equitable workplace. For this response,… Read More Gendered Workplace

Designing Tables

Reading Björn Gustavii’s chapter on “Designing Tables” from How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper shows us creating good tables isn’t always straight-forward. Write a thoughtful reponse that walks us through the process of how you would create a table. You may even find a table from your own writing to provide a clear… Read More Designing Tables

Preparing Graphs

Today we’re looking at Björn Gustavii’s “How to Prepare Graphs” from How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper (2017). Write a meaningful reponse to this chapter. You may find the following questions helpful in preparing your response: What are the ways you and/or your organziation use graphs in your communications?  How do you know… Read More Preparing Graphs

Cruel Pies

Today, we’re looking at Dragga & Voss’s “Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations.” Write your response to this article in at least 250 words. You may find the following questions helpful in your response: How can technical illustrations obscure or complicate the truth? Have you ever been party to a discussion about using an… Read More Cruel Pies

Workplace Communication Skills

Today we’re looking at Coffelt & Smith’s “Exemplary and Unacceptable Workplace Communication Skills.” Write a meaningful response to this essay. You may find the following questions helpful in shaping your response: Interview subjects in this study rated reliability as an important workplace communication skill. How does this compare with your experience in workplace writing and… Read More Workplace Communication Skills