Ian Baldwin: Making Scientific Writing Painless


Ian Baldwin: Making Scientific Writing Painless

Scientific writing is a crucial skill that scientists develop throughout their careers. In this talk, Dr. Ian Baldwin provides his perspective on the best scientific writing practices and gives some tips on how to improve one’s scientific writing skills. He encourages scientists to write as they perform their experiments, emphasizes the importance of providing a clear message, and introduces reverse engineering techniques as an important tool to reach a concise, but clear introduction

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About the Speaker

Dr. Ian Baldwin is a professor and director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology where he studies the Nicotiana attenuata as a model organism to understand how plants solve ecological problems. Baldwin received his AB in Chemistry and Biology from Dartmouth College in 1981 and started his graduate studies at Cornell University where he joined the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. After graduating in 1989, he became a professor in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. He foresaw the importance of combining multiple disciplines to study plant ecology and in 1996, he co-founded the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, a multi-disciplinary center to study the chemically-mediated interactions of plants.

For his scientific contributions, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2013), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016). Learn more about Dr. Baldwin’s research here.