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The Senior Scientist as Writer: Activities and Development

Tuesday, October 29 2013
@ 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
While an extensive body of literature explores both the rhetoric of science, and the teaching of science writing, very little has been written about the perspectives of scientists as writers. In this presentation, Dr. Emerson presents the voices of senior scientists, exploring their writing activities, and their experiences and development as writers of science. While this presentation looks broadly at the attitudes and experiences of scientists in a wide range of disciplines, Dr. Emerson will illustrate key themes using a sample of senior scientists in physics and mathematics. By looking at scientists’ voices through the literature on expertise and literacy expertise, she shows that the majority of senior scientists in these disciplines demonstrate the attributes of the adaptive expert writer, and that most are strongly engaged by writing and see writing as an integral aspect of science.

Dr. Emerson, an Associate Professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, is visiting as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, hosted by the WID program at the University of Vermont. She teaches science writing at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as publishing in the fields of science writing, writing in the disciplines, plagiarism, and New Zealand writing programs. She is an award winning teacher, and won the New Zealand Prime Minister’ Supreme Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary teaching in 2008.

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron,, 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library
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