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Research in Action | A podcast for faculty & higher education professionals on research design, methods, productivity & more

Research in Action is a weekly podcast by Oregon State University Ecampus, a national leader in online education. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, OSU Ecampus research director, who discusses topics and issues related to research in higher education with experts across a range of disciplines and institutions. Guests share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, personal experiences as researchers, best practices, and organizational and productivity strategies. Listen and learn how you can make a difference through your research. ecampus.oregonstate.edu/podcast.
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Feb 20, 2017

On this episode, I am joined by Michael Alley. Holding a master of science in electrical engineering and a master of fine arts in writing, Michael Alley is an associate professor of engineering communication at Penn State.  He is the author of The Craft of Scientific Presentations (Springer, 2013), which has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. Over the past decade, he has taught presentations to scientists and engineers on four continents, in sixteen countries, and at more than 150 institutions. He has presented at Google, MIT, Harvard Medical School, Texas Instruments, Simula Research Laboratory (Norway), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the European Space Organization in the high desert of Chile. Alley’s websites on presentations are top Google listings for the topics of "engineering presentations" and "scientific presentations".

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Segment 1: Best Practices for Scientific Presentations [00:00-09:35]

In this first segment, Michael shares some of what he has learned about making effective research presentations.

Segment 2: Investigations on Confidence in Speaking [09:36-16:25]

In segment two, Michael discusses how researchers can be more confident as presenters.

Segment 3: Rethinking the Way We Use PowerPoint [16:26-30:55]

In segment three, Michael shares some of his thoughts on PowerPoint and best practices for using the tool.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:48]: Tips for Presenting to Non-scientists

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-06:39]: The Four Aces for Projecting Confidence

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