Instead of writing a summary about this week's class, I decided to publish my sketchnotes from the talk (see above). Sketchnoting can be a great way to engage with seminar content WHILE creating sci comm materials! I learned about sketchnoting at this year's conference for the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, and I've been practicing it ever since. We humans are visual creatures, so communicating with more visual media is always encouraged!
WE WILL NOT HAVE CLASS NEXT WEEK! It is the President's Day holiday and Monday classes are cancelled. I will see you back in our usual room on Mon. Feb. 27th, when you will be giving your Difficult Concept presentations. Please come prepared for that! Send your 3-4 slides to me by Sun. Feb. 26th so that I can pull them all together in a single presentation. The goal is to take a difficult concept from your field and explain it in a short (2-3 slides max; aim for ~3-4 min) presentation. Tell a verbal story, relying heavily on visual aids! (See above re: visual creatures ;) ) Minimize the words on your slides (Monkey see, Monkey...Do the Opposite - I know I'm bad about this in my lecture slides). Try to incorporate narrative structure in these - I know it will be hard because it's such a short presentation. Challenge yourself! Practice giving your presentation aloud - to yourself, to friends, etc, but make sure you practice it out loud!
See you in two weeks!