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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…

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…

Video Creation 101: Overview and Helpful Tips

This seminar provides an overview of what it takes to create a short 1- to 2-minute video that communicates research findings to a lay audience. Areas covered include finding effective video editing software; outlining the creation process; and the nuances of scripting, choosing visuals, editing, picking…

You Too Can Be On YouTube: Learn How to Create Engaging Science Communication Videos with Molly Edwards

Join the discussion with Molly Edwards, graduate student in the Kramer Lab at Harvard University. With funding she received from ASPB’s BLOOME grant, Molly produces and hosts a popular science education YouTube series, Science in Real Life. Our host, Rishi Masalia, will dive into the topic of creating…

Communicate Your Research Work Efficiently Using Graphical Abstracts with Frederic Bouche

Research takes time—a lot of time. Once your manuscript is submitted, the reviewing process takes time—a lot of time. When your paper is finally published, you want it to be noticed by the scientific community – you want it to stand out and get noticed. One way to achieve this goal is to create…

WordPress 101 for Plant Scientists with Julia Miller

WordPress is the most popular self-hosted blogging tool in the world. It powers millions of websites because it is easy to learn to use. This webinar covers the basics of WordPress so you can start creating your own website or blog. It will start with how to pick your website creation tool - WordPress.com…

Talking about talking about plant science with Professor Daniel Chamovitz

Dr. Chamovitz is a sought-after speaker and science commentator. His 2012 book What a Plant Knows has been published in 13 languages, was voted Top 10 in Amazon and is often referred to in discussions on plant senses and intelligence. He has been interviewed in newspapers and magazines around the…

Images for Impact – How-to tips. Created for the Plantae Seminar Series

Earlier this year I gave a Plantae seminar on "Images for Impact" - simple, free tips about how to source and create images to use in your science writing and communicating. Here is the text of the handout I created to accompany the seminar. You can get this as a PDF here. You can download the…

Talking Plants: Plant Science Communication in a Digital World with Claire Hopkins

About This Seminar In this seminar, Claire Hopkins will cover the basics, challenges, and joys of communicating plant science to the public. She will offer simple tips for improving your communication skills in any setting while explaining the advantages of various methods and digital platforms. She…

Images for Impact with Mary Williams

Whether you’re Tweeting or teaching, well-designed images increase the impact of your message. It’s easy to make high-quality images for use in science communication (whether social media, blogs, infographics, animations, teaching or research) simply using tools available in PowerPoint. Mary Williams,…