For next week's meeting, I've asked you to write a haiku-style poem that sums up one aspect of your research. As further inspiration, I've posted a couple of examples that students shared with the class last year:
No one knows the law
when half of it is divine,
and half is belief.
- Ben (Geography)
Unable to adapt,
within montane coves they wait
for warmer climate.
- Amy (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior)
In addition, I'd like you to watch Kenichiro Mogi deliver a TED talk about the wonder of science. Pay attention to the language he uses to talk about his research. How does his speech differ from the normal vocabulary scientists use in research presentations?
Finally, please read Edward Tufte's classic polemic on the (as he sees it) negative impact of slideware on reason and discourse: The cognitive style of PowerPoint. We'll discuss it in class next week.