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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

What makes a paper *really* pioneering?

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Recorded Friday, May 8, 2020   About This Webinar With the benefit of hindsight, we can all recognize key ideas and innovations that opened up new avenues of research or provided radical new insights. But is it possible to learn how to recognize these pioneering advances before they’ve had…

What Happens after Manuscript Submission?

Recorded Friday, March 6, 2020 In one of our recent webinars, Mary Williams discussed how to prepare your manuscript for publication. But what happens next?  In the second webinar of this series, Jon Munn, Jennifer Regala, and Mary Williams discussed how your manuscript is reviewed, from initial…

Preparing your Manuscript for Submission

Recorded Tuesday, February 4, 2020 In this webinar, ASPB Features Editor Mary Williams will outline the key steps in writing a paper, preparing figures, and navigating the submission process. Topics include how to frame the significance of the question being addressed; how to put the results in context;…

Plantae Webinar - How Top Scientists Use Twitter to Support their Research

Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles via which to communicate with other scientists and with the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of community.

Social Media for Scientists: What, Why, and How

Recorded: Friday, September 27 Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles through which to communicate with other scientists and the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of…

Data visualization: optimizing data exploration and illustrative storytelling

About this seminar The field of plant biology is undergoing a revolution due to the enormous amount of data that is being produced, either by high-throughput sequencing or non-destructive plant phenotyping platforms. Visualizing big-data is not an easy task but it helps with data interpretation, generation…

Maximizing the signal, decreasing the noise, Part 2: Skills for speaking and designing clearly

About this seminar In part 1 of the webinar, Professor Tobias Baskin introduced a philosophy for writing clearly based on recognizing that our words are read. In part 2, he extends that philosophy to speaking and designing. Your talk is listened to by an audience; your figures are looked at by readers;…

Preparing your research story for peer review and publication

About this seminar Considering how important writing is to a career in science, many scientists receive little forrmal training in the writing process. In this seminar, Mary shares tips to help overcome common writing problems, drawing on her 25 years of teaching about scientific writing. Speaker…

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…