This one-time event was offered in the Spring of 2011.
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Judith Swan, Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering of the Princeton Writing Program, was the keynote speaker for the Perspectives on Science Writing Symposium on April 27th, 2011, 1:00 - 5:00pm in 2117 MERF.

Dr. Swan also presented a workshop titled Making Sense of the Science: A Workshop on Effective Scientific Writing on April 28th, 2011  from 1:00-3:00pm 2117 MERF. The workshop was intended for anyone wishing to perfect their manuscripts and grant applications because it discussed how to craft technical writing in a way that makes it highly readable and easier to understand.

About the presenter

Judy Swan

Judith Swan is Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton University, where she developed and oversees the only graduate writing courses. Her research focuses on writing development during scientific training and on the ways language shapes the interpretation of emerging science. Judith is the author of several articles on writing, most notably “The Science of Scientific Writing,” which argues that considering the cognitive needs of readers can increase the clarity and effectiveness of scientific writing. Over the past 20 years, she has taught writing to scientists and engineers at all levels of academia, industry and government; her workshops have been offered at institutions such as Rockefeller University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation, Merck Pharmaceuticals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Judith was trained in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT; she has taught composition at Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. To read more about her workshops, click here.



We are grateful for support from the Council on Teaching and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication along with the Departments of Biochemistry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics & Physiology, Pharmacology, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. 

Please contact Lori Wallrath, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, 319-335-7920 with questions.