Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering

Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering

Jay D. Humphrey, Jeffrey W. Holmes
ISBN: 9781598292985 | PDF ISBN: 9781598292992
Copyright © 2008 | 140 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2008

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Scientists and engineers seek to discover and disseminate knowledge so that it can be used to improve the human condition. Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering serves as a valuable aid in this pursuit it can be used as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses on technical communication and ethics, a reference book for senior design courses, or a handbook for young investigators and beginning faculty members. In addition to presenting methods for writing clearly and concisely and improving oral presentations, this compact book provides practical guidelines for preparing theses, dissertations, journal papers for publication, and proposals for research funding. Issues of authorship, peer review, plagiarism, recordkeeping, and copyright are addressed in detail, and case studies of research misconduct are presented to highlight the need for proactive attention to scientific integrity. Ample exercises cause the reader to stop and think. Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering thus motivates the reader to develop an effective, individual style of communication and a personal commitment to integrity, each of which are essential to success in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Motivation
Writing Well
Scientific Publications
Proposals and Grant Applications
Oral Communication
Authorship
Recordkeeping
Ownership of Ideas, Data, and Publications

About the Author(s)

Jay D. Humphrey, Texas A&M University
Jay D. Humphrey is Regents Professor and Carolyn S. and Tommie E. Lohman Professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University. He has authored a graduate textbook (Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics), coauthored an undergraduate textbook with a former student (An Introduction to Biomechanics), published more than 150 archival papers and chapters in other books and encyclopedias, and serves as coeditor in chief for the international journal Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. He has served as a reviewer for 50 technical journals and 20 funding agencies in the United States and abroad. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Jeffrey W. Holmes, University of Virginia
Jeffrey W. Holmes is Associate Professor of biomedical engineering and medicine at the University of Virginia. He has published more than 40 archival papers and book chapters and has reviewed for 15 technical journals and several funding agencies, including the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. Before moving to Virginia, he developed and taught the course "Ethics for Biomedical Engineers" at Columbia University, where he won the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Other awards include an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, the Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award, and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

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