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Research Communications Video Library

The research communications video library provides advice from diverse experts on how best to communicate your research to various audiences, in a range of contexts, using different kinds of tools.  These videos are intended for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students who want to build their communication skills.  The Research Communications Program takes a "modular" approach to its curriculum because there is no one-size-fits-all communication training.  What works best depends on both the communicator and the audience.  Practice is key and even the most experienced communicators have something new to learn.


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In the following videos, Dennis Meredith, the author of Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work covers tools and techniques for giving effective presentations and how to productively work with the media—and how researchers are now a media outlet.


How to Explain Your Research to Key Audiences

Dennis Meredith, May 17, 2017

Part 1- Why Explain Your Research and How To Reach Your Audience

Part 2- Who Are Your Audiences?

Part 3- Renounce IMRAD

Part 4- Optimize Your Text

Part 5- Use Visual Vernacular

Part 6- Creating Images Is Not Hard

Part 7- Working With The Media

Powerpoint slides from this presentation available here. 

 

How to Work With Your Campus Communications Officer

Dennis Meredith, June 23, 2017

Parts 1 to 5 here.


Powerpoint slides from this presentation available here.

 


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Lessons from Research on Perception for Design of Data Visualizations

Sherry Seethaler presents research on perception and memory that provides an important foundation for thinking about how to design images and graphics to reach your intended audiences.

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Designing Information for Publication and Presentation

Gabi Schaffzin, an artist and graphic designer, provides practical tips on how to make graphs more informative and comprehensible for your audiences.  Using a range of examples, he discusses the importance of making graphics glanceable and illustrates what features enhance glanceability.   

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Research Communications: Explaining Basic Brain Research with Nick Spitzer

Nick Spitzer discusses his experience explaining neuroscience research to broad audiences, and provides tips on how to use language and stories to engage people and provide insight into the scientific process.

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Leadership Communications with Barbara Sawrey

Barbara Sawrey discusses how leadership communication fits within the scope of research communication, what are the particularly challenging aspects of leadership communication, and how to prepare for them.

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Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors

This panel discussion with Seth Cohen, David Puerta and Zachary Zimmerman, led by Sherry Seethaler, provides insight into the communication opportunities and hurdles on the way to gaining financial backing to turn basic research into a spinoff company.

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Introduction to Social Media for Researchers

In this presentation learn why social media is relevant to researchers and which of the common social media networks are most relevant for your work.

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Research Communications Program

Program Contacts

Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-7572

Sherry Seethaler
sseethaler@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-4656

Mario Aguilera
maguilera@ucsd.edu
(858) 822-5148

Leigh Eck
leck@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-1920