Writing 44: Topics in Writing and Science

This writing-intensive course examines selected topics in scientific communication. The topics include writing and speaking science, poster presentations, grants writing, and other forms of scientific communication for scientific and non-scientific audiences. Students will read and analyze scientific literature, study the theory of science and communication, work with existing data, develop strong advanced writing processes, analyze and employ effective rhetorical decisions for different audiences, analyze the relationship between form and content, and produce different kinds of scientific documents and presentations. Dist: ART.

These WRIT 44 courses are made possible through the generous support of the Class of 1962 Writing and Rhetoric Endowment (WARE) Fund.

WRIT 44.02: Science and Technology Writing and Presentation

22S: 2A

Science and Technology Writing and Presentation

In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, your ability to present data and information in different genres and media will be important to your professional success. Writing, revision, and presentation are key components in the design process, which requires both internal and external communication. This course focuses on individual work within and across disciplines including creative research, literature reviews, papers, grant proposals, poster design, and media driven presentations. Assignments may be adapted for students already at work on research projects in their discipline. As the design process is also collaborative, assignments offer occasional opportunities to work in teams. Dist: ART. Harper.

Sample syllabus from Summer 2018 offering taught by Deanne Harper.

Sample syllabus from Spring 2019 offering taught by Rachel Obbard.

Writing 44.01: Scientific Writing and Communication in the Life Sciences

22W: 10.

Writing is a critical part of the scientific research process. Publishing results that influence others and writing proposals that get funded are essential to success in science. This course, designed for majors in the life sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Psychology, etc.), will focus on the fundamentals of effective written and oral communication in these fields. Students will critically evaluate the writing found in published literature, refine their understanding of the structure and style of scientific research papers, learn the basics of writing grant proposals, engage in peer review activities, and develop abilities for clear and engaging presentations. Dist: ART. Smith.

Sample syllabus of Spring 2019 offering taught by Sarah Smith.

WRIT 44.03: Science Communication and the Public

Not offered in the period 21S through 23S.

Communicating science to the public is critical for modern society. Effective science communication can educate, encourage informed decision-making or policy choices about scientific issues, or ensure funding for scientific research. This course builds an understanding of how our society thinks about science and talks about controversial scientific topics, including how current media structures impact these conversations, to inform sound science communication practices. We will delve into current research on science communication, critically evaluate science communication approaches and practices, and learn basic, theory-driven practices for communicating science to various audiences. Dist: SOC. Rose.

DRAFT syllabus for Spring 2020 offering taught by Kate Rose.