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Writing Readably about Research

Barbara Gastel, MD MPH
Professor and Science Program Writing Coordinator
Texas A&M College of Medicine

LIVE Wednesday April 28, 2021
12:01pm PST (GMT-8), 3:01pm EST

Continuing Education Wednesday

Research can indeed be complex and hard to understand.

However, the writing about it should not add to the difficulty. In this webinar, Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH, who teaches science communication at Texas A&M University, will offer guidance on writing readably about research.

As well as presenting general pointers on writing accessibly, the webinar will provide advice on preparing readable papers and proposals. It also will address writing understandably for general audiences and for non-native readers of English.

Throughout, examples and guidelines from CDC will be integrated. Whichever readerships you generally serve, this webinar can aid in communicating effectively.

About Your Presenter

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Barbara Gastel, a physician specializing in biomedical writing and editing, is professor of integrative biosciences, humanities in medicine, and biotechnology at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the master's degree program in science and technology journalism.

Dr. Gastel is the author of three books: Presenting Science to the Public (ISI Press, 1983), Teaching Science: A Guide for College and Professional School Instructors (Oryx Press, 1991), and Health Writer's Handbook, now in its second edition (Blackwell Publishing, 2005). In addition, she coauthored, with Robert A. Day, both the eighth edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. She also has written many articles and chapters on writing, editing, teaching, and medical topics. From 2000 to 2010, she edited Science Editor, the periodical of the Council of Science Editors.

Dr. Gastel has received awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the Council of Science Editors, and she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2006, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences named her an Honored Editor in the Life Sciences. She was the 2010 recipient of the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, given by the scientific research society Sigma Xi.