Science Seminar on Writings in History on Volcanoes

All students, staff and faculty are cordially invited to a Science Seminar held on Friday, October 25 in the CE Theater (Annandale Campus) from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dr. Art Schuhart’s presentation is titled, “Here Comes the Boom: Scientific Writing throughout History… with Volcanoes!” Light refreshments and Meet & Greet with the Speaker in the Lower Gallery from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.

This seminar will highlight the integral, and often unacknowledged, role of writing in the conduct of all branches of science. Using examples of writing about volcanoes from throughout scientific history, we will see how writing and science have evolved together since the Classical Age, why scientific writing is written the way it is, and how writing enables the creation of the modern scientific enterprise. Though an often overlooked part of the young scientist’s education, it is nonetheless true that a successful scientific career depends upon the ability to write with competence and confidence.

Schuhart, a faculty member of NOVA’s English Department, holds a Doctor of Arts in Community College Education from George Mason University. His dissertation focused on science rhetoric, that branch of composition that studies the language and rhetorical process of scientific communication. He designed and teaches the new Virginia Community College System course “English 114: Scientific Writing.” He is an avid science fiction fan, and also teaches “Survey of Science Fiction Literature” on the Annandale Campus, a class that all students agree is the best class ever in the history of human civilization.

This seminar is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division, and the Lyceum of the Annandale Campus.

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