Short Course #6
Scientific Writing for Scientists and Engineers
D. Noel Buckley, Instructor
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Do you sometimes have trouble explaining your results when you write a paper? Do reviewers often comment that your data and discussion is unclear? Or are you a graduate student who needs some help in writing a PhD dissertation, or an advisor who wants to improve students' writing? If so, then this is the course for you! In this course you will learn how to write a better report or dissertation, or a paper that gets accepted more quickly!
The course is intended for scientists and engineers with an interest in developing their skills in writing scientific documents including journal papers, dissertations, proposals, abstracts, and reports. It will be of particular interest to researchers and graduate students as well as to university faculty who want to improve both their own writing and that of their students. It will address elements of good writing in science and engineering, including standard practices, terminology and formatting. It will teach attendees how to present information using properly structured sentences, paragraphs, sections and chapters and how to organize experimental results and analysis in a format suitable for publication in the scientific literature as well as in reports, theses etc. The topics to be covered include:
how to communicate your message in clear, precise English;
how to write effective sentences;
how to structure paragraphs effectively;
how to structure documents so that they are clear, effective and easy to read;
how to be complete but concise;
standard writing practices and formatting;
effectively presenting your methods, results, discussion, and conclusions;
titles, tables, figures, captions and references;
standard practices for presenting scientific information;
appropriate level of detail;
mathematical descriptions, data, and units; and
grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, and acronyms.
About the Instructor
D. Noel Buckley is Professor of Physics at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a Past-President and a Fellow of ECS. He has served as an Associate Editor of both The Journal of the Electrochemical Society (1995–2004) and Electrochemical and Solid State Letters (1998–2004). He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ECS Transactions and Chair of the European Section of ECS. He has also served as Chair of the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award Committee (1991–1995) and as Chair (2003–2005), Secretary (2001–2003) and Treasurer (1999–2001) of the Electronics and Photonics Division.
Dr. Buckley was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (1979–1996) where he initially worked on the development of rechargeable lithium batteries and subsequently played a key role in the epitaxial crystal growth and characterization of compound semiconductor films for high performance optoelectronic devices. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Cooper Union College of Engineering, New York (1991–1992) and at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, USA (1988–1995). Earlier, he was a Research Associate with Professor Wayne Worrell at the University of Pennsylvania (1976–1979).
Dr. Buckley's current research interests and activities are in the areas of metal and semiconductor thin films and nanostructures for electronic and photonic applications; electrochemical nanotechnology; and electrochemical energy storage. He has more than 70 research publications and has made numerous presentations at international conferences. He has organized many technical symposia and has edited 19 volumes of symposium proceedings. He has taught a graduate-level course in Scientific Writing since 2006 at the University of Limerick and via webcast at five other universities, and he has taught the present short course at previous ECS Meetings in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Montreal, Boston, and Seattle.