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CDLS Science Communication Workshop Series: Manuscript Writing

A workshop on manuscript writing with Dr. Erin Burkett, a STEM writing specialist from Caltech.

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering inclusive and impactful science communication, the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) at UCLA is thrilled to invite you to a series of workshops aimed to empower you with effective communication skills to convey your work to diverse audiences. Our second workshop of this series will take place on February 29, 2024 at 3pm-6pm PST and focus on ‘Manuscript Writing’ with esteemed guest speaker, Dr. Erin Burkett, a STEM writing specialist from Caltech.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by February 26, 2024. Space is limited, so reserve your spot at this enriching workshop as soon as possible. Light refreshments will be served. Masking is optional although strongly recommended indoors.

Workshop Highlights

  • Learn the structure and organization of a scientific manuscript.
  • Gather tips for writing clear and concise abstracts.
  • Learn strategies for analyzing journal articles effectively.
  • Engage in exercises during the workshop to identify key elements of successful writing.
  • Gain advice for clear communication and improving your writing process.

Bring an example journal article with you (either digital or printed) to use for activities. Some examples will be available for those without, but it is often best to analyze examples specific to your discipline and closest to those you might use as models for your own drafting.

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More about Dr. Erin Burkett

Erin Burkett, a STEM Writing Specialist at Caltech, holds a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Geophysics. Previously, she conducted computer modeling research on plate tectonics during her postdoc at Caltech. Transitioning to a role as a staff scientist with the US Geological Survey, she communicated insights on natural hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis to diverse audiences. This experience sparked her passion for improving STEM communication, which she now fulfills through teaching and tutoring.