[Taxacom] Writing for Impact and Influence: An AIBS Professional Development Program

Jyotsna Pandey jpandey at aibs.org
Wed May 29 11:31:09 CDT 2019

Dear Colleague,

There is a growing recognition of the importance of providing graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows with professional development training
that will expand their career opportunities and potential for professional
success.  The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is pleased
to announce a professional development program that we have developed to
help scientists strengthen their written communication skills.

This is an important professional development training opportunity.  I hope
you will consider sharing this opportunity with your students, staff, and

Below are more specific details about this online course, including
registration information.

*Writing for Impact and Influence: An AIBS Professional Development Program*

*It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. *
-C. J. Cherryh

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has heard a common
refrain from faculty, scientists, government and private sector executives,
and everyone in between: Scientists are losing the ability to communicate
effectively in writing. The concern is not just about how well a scientific
manuscript is drafted, but also about how routine business and public
engagement information are communicated.

AIBS is responding by re-offering our professional development program
designed to help scientists, including graduate students, hone their
written communication skills to increase the impact and influence of their
message. This course complements AIBS's highly successful Communications
Boot Camp for Scientists, which focuses on oral communication.

Writing for Impact and Influence provides practical instruction and
hands-on exercises that will improve the participant's general writing
proficiency. The program will provide participants with the skills and
tools needed to compose scientific press releases, blog posts, emails, and
memoranda, with a focus on the reader experience. Each product-oriented
session will have an assignment to be completed independently, with
feedback from the instructor. The course is interactive, and participants
are encouraged to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and
other participants.

*Who Should Take the Course?*

   - Individuals interested in furthering their professional development by
   augmenting their writing skills.
   - Graduate students and early-career professionals interested in
   increasing their marketability to employers.
   - Individuals interested in more effectively informing and influencing
   segments of the public, supervisors, policymakers, reporters,
   organizational leaders, and others.


   - Press releases and writing for the media
   - Blogging and social media campaigns
   - E-Correspondence and writing for professional audiences
   - One-pagers and writing for stakeholders
   - Action/decision memoranda and writing for diverse professional
   - Synthesis
   - Participant Requirements
   - Internet access, email account, and computer audio and video

*Course Structure*
The course consists of six 90-minute online modules conducted live and
subsequently archived online for participant review. Modules are spaced at
weekly intervals to allow time for assignment completion. Live attendance
is recommended but not required, and the instructor can be contacted by
email at any time during the course.

A writing assignment will be given in each of the first five courses.
Students will receive timely feedback on their assignments.

*Certificate of Completion*
Individuals who actively participate in and complete the full course will
receive a certificate recognizing that they have completed a nine-hour
professional development course on business writing for scientists.

The course will begin on Thursday, 11 July 2019. The subsequent course
sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays, through 15 August. All live
courses will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Recorded programs will be
available to participants after the live session.

Space is limited and the course will be filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Registration is required.

To register for the course, go to http://io.aibs.org/writing

For questions regarding the course please contact James Verdier at
jverdier at aibs.org.


Jyotsna Pandey, Ph.D.
Public Policy Manager
American Institute of Biological Sciences
1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-628-1500 x 225
Email: jpandey at aibs.org
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