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Plantae Seminar: Intentionally Building and Cultivating a Diverse Team

About This Seminar Diversity in teams drives creativity and innovation, and it delivers better results. In this webinar, we explore the wide range of dimensions of diversity in the sciences and discuss how to be intentional when building and cultivating teams. We hear success stories from our…

Maximizing the signal, decreasing the noise; Writing skills for communicating clearly

About this seminar This seminar introduces Professor Tobias Baskin’s writing philosophy in the form of a set of guidelines for writing clearly that is based on how people read. In writing, grammar is (mainly) fixed, but meanings (information, content) can go almost anywhere. Baskin’s guidelines…

Giving and Receiving Feedback: Constructive Follow-up

About This Seminar Giving and receiving feedback are not easy tasks for most of us. Yet they are necessary in helping us improve and communicate our goals. Often we avoid both giving and receiving feedback, but this will come at a cost and might lead to false perceptions of our skills and abilities.…

Transforming Pixels to Millimeters: Geometric Camera Calibration

About This Seminar The affordability and ubiquity of cameras have led to their increasing use in many disciplines. In plant phenomics, it is common to see experimental data based on image-derived measurements. This seminar will explain geometric camera calibration, whereby pixel measurements are mapped…

Prioritization and Work / Life Balance: Do Less, Work Better

About This Seminar Work/life balance is important to our society regardless of gender. Many professionals today are experiencing the “sandwich” effect—taking care of a family as well as aging parents. In addition, there’s pressure to say “yes” to every opportunity or request that comes…

Plant Synthetic Biology 101

About this seminar: Synthetic biology is an emerging discipline that seeks to apply engineering principles to biology. But what does this actually mean? How does it differ from what has come before? And what challenges are presented by pursuing synthetic biology approaches in plants? In this webinar,…

Self-Advocacy and Negotiation

About This Seminar How to advocate effectively for yourself, your ideas and project, or your group does not necessarily come naturally for many of us and can actually be very difficult depending on your personality, gender, or cultural norms. However, on the road to becoming a leader, mastering the…

Is This Newsworthy? How to Assess if a Press Release Might Become a Science News Story

About This Seminar To understand how to write a successful press release, we will put ourselves in the mind of a journalist trying to decide whether several press releases are “worthy” to go into the news cycle. This webinar will be interactive, allowing attendees to score press releases on several…

Computational Plant Science: Science at the Interface of Math, Computer Science, and Plant Biology

About This Seminar This seminar will give insight into the research of cross-trained scientists at the interface of mathematical, computational, and biological sciences. In doing so, the seminar will cover several research projects of varying complexity performed at the computational plant science lab…