T.V. Rajan's opinion article on scholarly presentations1 was an excellent summation of problems that occur during scientific conferences and journal clubs. I chuckled to myself as I read each of his points, realizing he was right on the money on all of them. Even though scientific conferences and journal clubs are a necessary venue in which to gain and exchange data, they can be improved. Another point that can be added to Dr. Rajan's list: the nicest slides don't necessarily represent the best data.
1. T.V. Rajan, "The scholarly presentation," The Scientist, 15:38, April 30, 2001.
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