Publish and Prosper

Author: Nathaniel M. Lambert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136335781
Format: PDF, ePub
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Intended to help readers succeed in academia by increasing their scholarly productivity, this book provides strategies for getting articles published quickly in reputable research journals. Rather than focusing on the basics of writing about results, this unique guidebook provides tips on how to approach research, maintain motivation, maximize productivity, and overcome common pitfalls so as to become productive scholars. The strategies reviewed will help readers successfully navigate through graduate school, get a good job, receive grants and promotions, and make important contributions to their field. Written in a breezy style, this book offers case studies, examples, and personal experiences that illustrate the themes of the chapters. Introductions and summaries and key points help to highlight the most critical concepts reviewed in each chapter. Chapter exercises encourage self-reflection and/or the application of the strategies introduced in that chapter. Self-assessment questions in Appendix A help readers pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.A tracking chart, referred to throughout, provides an effective way to follow the progress of several manuscripts that are at different stages. An interactive version of the chart is available at www.pepstrategies.com along with the time diary and the chapter and self assessment exercises. Although a young scholar, Nathaniel Lambert has an impressive track record. He already has over 50 papers published in research journals. This book reviews winning strategies practiced by the author and additional insights based on conversations with top producing scholars. By diligently applying this book’s core strategies, you too can publish and prosper! Part 1 describes issues related to prioritizing one’s research such as the importance of selecting the right topic and how to use goals and deadlines to enhance motivation. Tips for enhancing efficiency are provided in Part 2 including how to improve writing efficiency, juggle several projects simultaneously, reduce wasting time, and select the best collaborators. Part 3 explores productivity pitfalls and how to avoid them. Tips on how to avoid burnout and distractions and handle rejection are explored. Part 4 provides unique tips to apply at various stages of one’s academic career: undergraduate, graduate, and professional. Practical appendices provide an opportunity to determine one’s strengths and weaknesses keep track of projects, and expand one’s knowledge using the recommended reading list. Intended as a reference for students who are planning to attend graduate school and/or pursue an academic career, this book is ideal for professional development and/or research methods courses taught in the behavioral, social, health, and life sciences and for researchers and professionals looking to increase their publication productivity.

Restarting Stalled Research

Author: Paul C. Rosenblatt
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483385183
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Written for researchers and graduate students writing dissertations, Restarting Stalled Research is a unique book that offers detailed advice and perspective on many issues that can stall a research project and reveals what can be done to successfully resume it. Using a direct yet conversational style, author Paul C. Rosenblatt draws on his decades of experience to cover many diverse topics. The text guides readers through challenges such as clarifying the end goal of a project; resolving common and not-so-common writing problems; dealing with rejection and revision decisions; handling difficulties involving dissertation advisers and committee members; coping with issues of researcher motivation or self-esteem; and much more.

Graduate Research

Author: Robert V. Smith
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295802715
Format: PDF, ePub
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Concise, encouraging, and filled with practical information, this book is a step-by-step guide for students in the life, natural, physical, and social-behavioral sciences. This third edition has been updated with information about new federal regulations governing research and acknowledges the importance of the internet and World Wide Web to today�s scientific community. It will be an invaluable resource not only for graduate students but also for undergraduates and high school students planning for the future.

An Introduction to Generalized Linear Models

Author: George H. Dunteman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761920847
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Do you have data that is not normally distributed and don't know how to analyze it using generalized linear models (GLM)? Beginning with a discussion of fundamental statistical modeling concepts in a multiple regression framework, the authors extend these concepts to GLM and demonstrate the similarity of various regression models to GLM. Each procedure is illustrated using real life data sets. The book provides an accessible but thorough introduction to GLM, exponential family distribution, and maximum likelihood estimation; includes discussion on checking model adequacy and description on how to use SAS to fit GLM; and describes the connection between survival analysis and GLM. It is an ideal text for social science researchers who do not have a strong statistical background, but would like to learn more advanced techniques having taken an introductory course covering regression analysis.

Risk Less and Prosper

Author: Zvi Bodie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118014308
Format: PDF, ePub
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Shares practical guidelines about how to customize a personal investment portfolio for individual personality, circumstances and needs, explaining how to understand investment dynamics and make informed decisions that appropriately blend risk and safety.

Wired to Care

Author: Dev Patnaik
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 9780137153909
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what’s going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new. And they have the gut-level certitude to stick with an idea that doesn’t take off right away. People are "Wired to Care," and many of the world’s best organizations are, too. In pursuit of this idea, Patnaik takes readers inside big companies like IBM, Target, and Intel to see widespread empathy in action. But he also goes to farmers' markets and a conference on world religions. He dives deep into the catacombs of the human brain to find the biological sources of empathy. And he spends time on both sides of the political aisle, with James Carville, the Ragin’ Cajun, and John McCain, a national hero, to show how empathy can give you the acuity to cut through a morass of contradictory information. Wired to Care is a compelling tale of the power that people have to see the world through each other’s eyes, told with passion for the possibilities that lie ahead if leaders learn to stop worrying about their own problems and start caring about the world around them. As Patnaik notes, in addition to its considerable economic benefits, increasing empathy for the people you serve can have a personal impact, as well: It just might help you to have a better day at work.

A Field Guide for Science Writers

Author: Deborah Blum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198039020
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is the official text for the National Association of Science Writers. In the eight years since the publication of the first edition of A Field Guide for Science Writing, much about the world has changed. Some of the leading issues in today's political marketplace - embryonic stem cell research, global warming, health care reform, space exploration, genetic privacy, germ warfare - are informed by scientific ideas. Never has it been more crucial for the lay public to be scientifically literate. That's where science writers come in. And that's why it's time for an update to the Field Guide, already a staple of science writing graduate programs across the country. The academic community has recently recognized how important it is for writers to become more sophisticated, knowledgeable, and skeptical about what they write. More than 50 institutions now offer training in science writing. In addition mid-career fellowships for science writers are growing, giving journalists the chance to return to major universities for specialized training. We applaud these developments, and hope to be part of them with this new edition of the Field Guide. In A Field Guide for Science Writers, 2nd Edition, the editors have assembled contributions from a collections of experienced journalists who are every bit as stellar as the group that contributed to the first edition. In the end, what we have are essays written by the very best in the science writing profession. These wonderful writers have written not only about style, but about content, too. These leaders in the profession describe how they work their way through the information glut to find the gems worth writing about. We also have chapters that provide the tools every good science writer needs: how to use statistics, how to weigh the merits of conflicting studies in scientific literature, how to report about risk. And, ultimately, how to write.

Think Well Prosper

Author: Steve Bareham
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0973113758
Format: PDF
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Few people devote time to think about, or to improve, their thinking processes, preferring, instead, to focus on outcomes—decisions, plans, conclusions, and judgments—that so preoccupy the North American psyche. This fixation on the latter stages of thinking is backwards and responsible, in large part, for results that are not always optimal. Think Well & Prosper provides insights into the structure of thinking. It breaks down—analyses—the thinking process into understandable steps and sequences that each of us can easily follow if we so choose. And the steps and sequences aren’t particularly complicated. The trouble with thinking better is simply that most people don’t really know what is involved to do it more effectively. Many people think thinking just happens organically and that we can do it better by bearing down or by thinking harder (whatever that means). A very important point, right from the start: thinking is not the same as intelligence. Thinking well is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved. It’s comparable to getting your body in shape. No one doubts that physical conditioning requires time to learn routines; it’s the same with thinking, except they are mental routines. But, if you don’t know what you don’t know, you can’t really do them. Many of us learn the thinking processes and routines as we progress through life, or if we pursue higher education where educators nudge us to develop higher order thinking skills. But, why wait until later, if obtaining these skills sooner will help now? Readers can quickly learn how: • the thought process works when it’s well managed (and when it’s not) • improved understanding of our thinking sequence/process brings about much improved outcomes that benefit us in all walks of life • to systematically audit your thinking to ensure that none of the components of higher order thinking are overlooked and that exploration of the parts is comprehensive and done conscientiously to produce detailed analysis, coherent synthesis, defensible reasoning, logical inference, creativity, sound judgment, constructiveness, and connectiveness • to employ personal candor about psychological landmines that often derail us • to ask better questions; our brains are questioning machines, but we often ask questions subconsciously and without critical analysis of their depth or quality. You’ll learn that there are six levels to question sophistication so you can ask better questions routinely. Einstein said questioning skills were the secret to his success. • memory works and how to make yours better • to make better plans, decisions, and judgments (and do these better AFTER employing the thinking “parts” in the right sequence • to create a strategic life plan using a process similar to that employed by successful corporations (works for life, too!) • to be more persuasive by expanding your persuasion arsenal with 21 specific tactics and strategies (this is hugely beneficial) • organizational patterns can improve your communication power Thinking is the most important thing we do in life. Our thinking determines our levels of competency in the work world and, to a great degree, the way we think determines if we succeed or fail in life, or if we are happy and fulfilled, or frustrated and overwhelmed. Many people equate thinking with breathing; they do it, but assume it’s a natural process and not something that can be orchestrated or deliberately structured. Rather than questioning the adequacy of specific thinking skills and approaches in challenging situations, many people believe that they face difficulty simply because they lack information. It is very often true that more information is needed, but making better use of information is just as important.

Handbook for Science Public Information Officers

Author: W. Matthew Shipman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022617946X
Format: PDF, Docs
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In today s changing media landscape, institutions such as universities, state and federal agencies, laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and research societies increasingly employ science public information officers to get the word out about the scientific research they are conducting or sponsoring. These PIOs now outnumber traditional science journalists and are increasingly responsible for communicating science to wider audiences. In this book, reporter-turned-PIO W. Matthew Shipman offers guidance to both new and experienced PIOs about how to make good decisions and serve as effective liaisons between their institutions and the public. Throughout, he focuses on applying general principles of effective communication to the specific challenges of explaining complex science to nonexpert audiences, coaching scientists to interact with the media, and navigating the particular types of communications crises that arise out of scientific research."

The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science

Author: Scott L. Montgomery
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226534855
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Offers practical advice on how to create different types of scientific communications, from research papers and grant proposals to articles, speeches, interviews, and e-mail messages, providing sample writings from a variety of disciplines and including coverage of Internet science and graphics. Simultaneous.