Category Archives: research

Sausage Making, Science, and Communicating About COVID-19

A few days ago, the following tweet crossed my Facebook feed, and I felt it worth writing about it in more detail here: Part of the reason the pandemic is so bad in US is because people who are never … Continue reading

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Whom to Trust in a Crisis

A year ago, in an environment not dominated by a virus, I wrote about how to recognize cranks in your research at work. However, as we are all now living with a science-related crisis, this seems like the best time … Continue reading

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Matching Outputs to Match Operational Realities

Budget cuts happen, even in non-crisis situations. Fiscal years end, funds are reallocated, and priorities change. Large projects that were going to take weeks suddenly compress into a single week. This could mean changes to scope, format, and even content. … Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Technical Writer?

This question has come up a couple times recently, in person and online, so I thought I’d take the time to address it. I’ve talked on this page about technical skills needed for the job, as well as soft skills and … Continue reading

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Fact Checking Your Work

This post comes at the suggestion of Dr. Karla Kitalong, my former thesis director at University of Central Florida, now teaching at Michigan Technical University. She requested that I discuss fact checking, which is something I’ve had to do as … Continue reading

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