Welcome to the inaugural blog posting for PCATS! The PCATS series focuses on principles and techniques for developing and delivering effective scientific presentations. The series is comprised of four sections:
1: Telling Your Story
2: Creating Slides
3: Presenting Data
4: Giving Your Presentation
We conceived of the original idea that ultimately resulted in the PCATS video series while having coffee at the Mad Hatter Bakeshop in Durham, North Carolina in early 2011. By that time, we had been co-presenting a talk for several years about collaborating with quantitative scientists and wondered what other educational programs we might develop. We both had a strong interest in the art of presentation and both invested a lot of time in developing presentations for our class lectures and scientific talks.
We first presented the material that formed the basis for the PCATS series at the Duke Professional Development Seminar Series in June, 2011 and have continued to do so annually. When the opportunity arose to translate our talk into a series of online video modules, we saw it as a way to share this material with a wider audience while at the same time developing our video production skills. It’s involved much more work than we anticipated but we have learned a great deal and have a much deeper appreciation for the art of online video presentation. It’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of the PCATS Video Series on our YouTube channel.
We hope that people will find the material helpful and engaging.
Kevin Weinfurt and Steve Grambow