Strong Written Communication Skills

Clear writing reflects clear thinking.  My training in technical writing began with my first manuscript for the premier chemistry journal The Journal of the American Chemical Society.  However, my first draft was mercilessly skewered by my mentor, John Risley. That experience completely changed my writing style, and showed me the importance of proper writing. Since then I have generally been the lead writer or editor in all publications, grants, technical manuals, or reports I’m involved with — even in my volunteer work  ... [more]  [less]

Writing Technical Manuals

Although my publications provide examples of my writing, the many technical manuals I’ve composed are more practical examples.  Here is a link to a google doc I composed as I taught myself iOS programming last year. It is a highly detailed, extensively illustrated, and thoroughly hyperlinked document to help organize all that I was learning.  Although I wrote it just for my own use, it demonstrates how I naturally gravitate toward technical writing. The document stretches the limits of google doc features because of its length and complexity. ... [more]  [less]

Grant Writing

I have written grant applications (usually with one Co-PI) totaling $1.3 Million. These included two Small Business Innovation Research grants, two instrumentation grants, one science building renovation grant, and four academic research grants.

Recognition

As peer reviewer for both The Journal of Chemical Education and ACS Nano, I evaluate manuscripts based upon both scientific merit and scholarly presentation. I’ve had several complements from editors who appreciate my detail, and the fact that I reject manuscripts due to imprecise language usage. I continue to learn from my colleagues. Most recently, I’ve been surprised to benefit most from my colleague, Andreas Kalmes, who despite having German as his first language, is a better writer than I, and has taught me much about proper English composition and grammar.  ... [more][less]

both scientific merit and scholarly presentation.  I’ve had several complements from editors who appreciate my detail, and the fact that I reject manuscripts due to imprecise language usage.
         I continue to learn from my colleagues. Most recently, I’ve been surprised to benefit most from my colleague, Andreas Kalmes, who despite having German as his first language, is a better writer than I, and has taught me much about proper English composition and grammar.

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