Professional Development Lecture Series: Effective Communication - Jean-luc Doumont

Clear, Accurate, Concise Writing

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Jefferson 250       [directions]

Most writing classes approach clarity, accuracy, conciseness through style, yet subjective arguments such as “it’s nicer” seldom convince researchers, who wonder what, specifically, is nicer about it. Approaching effective writing from structure, not style, this lecture discusses how to construct paragraphs and phrase sentences that answer all the readers’ questions as effortlessly, as usefully, and as fast as possible for them. [add to calendar]

3:00 - 4:00 pm
LISE Cafe        [directions]

Please join us for coffee and pastries after the talk! 


Conveying Messages With Graphs

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Jefferson 250       [directions]

Widely used in research to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers, who frequently display their data sets in a suboptimal way (and popular software does not exactly help). This lecture discusses how to select the right graph for a given data set and a given research question, how to optimize this graph to reveal the data, and finally how to phrase a useful caption. [add to calendar]


About Jean-luc Doumont

An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds”. [Visit his website]