June 2019 P2S Symposium Sessions
Opening Plenary: Why You Should Be Communicating Your Research With All Audiences
Professor of science and technology at Cornell University
Many funders require you to demonstrate “broader impacts.” That often gets translated to “give public talks.” And learning to communicate with diverse audiences is often sold as a “soft skill” useful no matter what direction your career goes. But a richer reason is that communication is the essence of scholarship. Your research doesn’t become reliable knowledge until multiple audiences have heard it, played with it, reacted to it, engaged with you about it. In the process, you learn to identify what’s important about your work. You also gather information from multiple sources, get new ideas, new perspectives, new insights. Oh, yeah, and along the way you get some useful professional skills and satisfy your funders.
Career Panel Discussion: Careers Leveraging Your Communication Skills
Moderator, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University
Panelist, professor of biology at West Chester University
Panelist, chair of drama at University of Alberta
Panelist, postdoctoral fellow at New York University Langone Medical Center and co-author of “Sleep for Success”
Career Mini-Panel Discussion: Careers in Museums, Non-Profits, and Libraries
Denise DiRienzo, Ed.D.
Moderator, experiential program director for the BEST Program at Cornell University
Panelist, executive director, Center for Transformative Action
Panelist, professor and director of the Yang-Tan Institute at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
Christian Miller, M.L.I.S.
Panelist, research and instruction librarian at Catherwood Library and lecturer at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
The Gary and Ellen Davis Curator of Photography, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Workshop: The Craft of Revision
Associate professor at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, University of Toronto
In this session, we will discuss strategies for revising academic writing. I will begin by framing revision as the most powerful route to better writing. The ability to revise our own writing improves not just the final writing product, but also the writing process. Having a good handle on revision helps us get started with a writing project and then move through the multiple iterations necessary for strong final drafts. We will consider different types of revision and establish the optimal way to sequence the revision process. Throughout this presentation, there will be opportunities to raise writing questions and to practice relevant strategies. Academic writing is a crucial and challenging aspect of the research process; during our time together, we will explore why it is so hard and how revision can help us become more confident writers.
Workshop: Communicating Professional Boundaries – When and How You Can Say No!
Assistant dean for graduate student life at Cornell University
Ph.D. candidate in civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University
To manage your most valuable resource, time, you have to balance your professional and personal priorities. Since you cannot do everything, you need to learn when and how to say no. Through small-group discussion, we will describe common barriers associated with saying no and develop a list of criteria to help you determine when to say no. Finally, leave the session with strategies that can help you be more confident and effective in the art of saying no to others.