Interested in getting helpful insight and tips on writing a good scientific manuscript? Then follow the link below to the recording of the recent webinar hosted by the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC). The webinar was organized by the Professional Development Subcommittee of the GSLC and featured Pamela Lein as the speaker.
Dr. Lein is a Professor of Neurotoxicology, Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group, and Vice Chair of the Molecular Biosciences Department of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her academic training is in neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology, and her research focuses on cell and molecular mechanisms of neural plasticity and their role as targets for growth factors, inflammatory mediators, and neurotoxicants. Dr. Lein has extensive experience with writing and reviewing scientific manuscripts and a publication record of more than 100 papers and book chapters. She has published her research in prestigious academic journals in the field of toxicology, including Toxicological Sciences, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Neurotoxicology, and Environmental Health Perspectives. In addition, she currently serves as an associate editor for the journals Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Neurotoxicology, Neurotoxicology, and Teratology, and is on the editorial board for Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Lein has been an SOT member since 1999, and is currently Vice President of the NorCal Regional Chapter and Past President of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section.
Dr. Lein opened her presentation with an overview of how scientific writing differs from what is traditionally taught in composition classes, followed by an outline of the typical sections of most scientific papers, with useful advice on what type of information should be included in each segment. Her remarks also included useful advice and tips on improving your writing skills and increasing the chances of a favorable review of your manuscript. The webinar concluded with by a brief Q&A session, featuring our speaker, Dr. Lein, as well as panelist Ms.Virginia Hawkins, Managing Editor of the journal Toxicological Sciences.
You can listen to the webinar recording at your convenience. If you have any feedback on this webinar, as well as any suggestions for future webinar topics (oriented towards career development), please send them to me at Marianna Stamou, Chair of the GSLC Professional Development Subcommittee.