Supporting the Writing and Communication Skills of Emerging Scientists

January 8, 2014 4 p.m.
23 Mansfield Avenue Conference Room

This presentation will consider the difficulties faced by emerging scientists as they develop as writers and communicators in their discipline. The presenters will discuss approaches to strengthening science writing and presentation, including strategies that can be implemented by individuals or by scientific learning communities.

Susanmarie Harrington
     Susanmarie Harrington, Director of Writing in the Disciplines and Professor of English
Susanmarie joined the faculty at UVM in 2008. She directs the Writing in the Disciplines Program faculty development offerings, drawing on her prior experience as director of composition (1995-2006) and department chair (2006-2008) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research interests explore how values about writing are enacted in curricula, program design, and assessment. Her publications include Basic Writing as a Political Act and The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus in the Wake of the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement.


Lisa Emerson
     Lisa Emerson is an Associate Professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, is visiting as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, hosted by the WID programme at the University of Vermont. She teaches science writing at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as publishing in the fields of science writing, writing in the disciplines, plagiarism, and New Zealand writing programs. She is an award winning teacher, and won the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary teaching in 2008.