‘[Dr. Hagan’s] editing skills are unmatched. She is meticulous and thorough, often providing background citations and/or explanations for suggested changes or additions. I truly believe that having my work edited by Dr. Hagan has helped to make me an even better writer!’ - Erica B.
‘Under [Dr. Hagan’s] mentorship, I learned how to more effectively conduct analyses [in R], produce reproducible code, and better utilize version control tools such as GitHub. Ada also often made several resources tailored to women of color, LGBTQ+, and Black students more accessible to me, and encouraged me to utilize them.’ - Mia G.
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‘Our [exhibit design] team was having difficulty conveying complex and disjointed scientific information that was accessible to the general public. Dr. Hagan’s impact on the exhibit design and direction was immediate. She took these scientific findings and turned them into a concise, fun, and compelling story. I would definitely work with Dr. Hagan again!’ - Anthony V.
To prevent disorganized writing and non-essential research, use your central message and narrative for a solid prewriting strategy.
This is the beginning of a blog series that will explore and describe several methods and techniques (below) for drafting your scientific manuscript.
The scientific writing process can be summarized in five steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and finally… publication. It seems straightforward, but also… overwhelming.
Freewriting is a writing warm-up that can also be applied to the drafting process.
This writing method, the method, is better described as a writing ritual that signals when it’s time to write, whether it be a grant proposal, manuscript, or recommendation letter
A literature review may result in hundreds of research papers that might make it into your draft manuscript. Here are three ways to keep track of them.
At the end of January, one month before Michigan responded to the pandemic by closing non-essential services, I pulled my 3-year-old from daycare. I was (and still am) attempting to launch a business, but our back up funds had run dry and we could no longer afford childcare.
When it comes to a literature review for thesis and article writing, everyone has the same questions: Where do I start and when do I stop? Today, we’ll cover some tips to help answer these questions.
The outline serves several purposes that all contribute to reducing the amount of revision your first draft will need: reducing mental load, improving organization, and getting advisor approval.
An athlete doesn’t sit on the couch then compete with cold muscles; they do a warm up first to prepare their muscles for strenuous activity. For effective scientific writing, the brain needs a warm up, too.
Ensure clear, concise writing with developmental and line edits. Submit your draft
Feedback for content and layout on practice talks, slides, and posters. Schedule your presentation practice and consult
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Writing and SciComm topics from scientific narrative to writing a review paper. Learn more here.
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A massive project analyzing the peer-review outcomes of 350,000 manuscripts from 145 journals found no evidence of gender bias following manuscript submission. I published a similar, though smaller-scale, study that analyzed the peer-review outcomes from 108,000 manuscript submissions to 13 ASM journals. Both projects analyzed six years’ worth of submission data but came to different conclusions.
Mentoring relationships are particularly important for job transitions. While it’s true that advisors may also provide some of these functions, according to Dr. Beronda Montgomery, the key difference between an advisor and a mentor is the specificity of the advice for you.
Below are four steps that you can use to craft a diversity statement. The first three steps will guide the incorporation of three key components to a compelling statement: your background, what drives your commitment to diversity, and how you demonstrate that commitment. The final step provides resources and suggestions to refine your statement for inclusion in your job packet.
Here are seven tips to help you decide your worth on the job market and have a better chance at closing the wage gap.
Dear Research Mentor, I’m writing to you on behalf of your trainees (postdocs and graduate students) who aren’t interested in a “traditional” academic career; whether they know it yet or not.
To better understand the consensus of graduate education reforms and move forward in redefining the academic ecosystem, this blog will summarize findings of the two reports, note their strengths, and identify next steps to adapt the future of graduate education in microbiology.
A biweekly curation of the latest research on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Why did cases of Legionnaires’ disease spike when the water source was changed for Flint, Michigan? We look at the scientific investigations into the cause, and how these data may influence a case around water safety policies.
Ergotism is a form of poisoning from ingesting grains infected by Claviceps purpurea. Learn how these infected grains have both healed and killed throughout history.
The prior decades of immunological research developed an array of tools and methods to uncover how our immune system protects against invading microbes. Now, the new wave of immunologists, including Dr. Belkaid, use those tools to uncover how our immune system cooperates with members of our microbiome.
A followup to the “Microbial Myths” Youtube video that examines what the literature has to say about microwaving sponges, bathing newborns, and using Bunsen burners as a part of aseptic techniques at the bench.
An analysis of event registration and social media campaign data compiled into a report for BIMW 2020 sponsors.
Invasive fungal infections are collectively responsible for killing up to 1.5 million people each year, making this infection category one of the most deadly among communicable diseases, along with lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases.
The history of “old wives” and how they supported their communities against disease and infection plus the history and science of garlic as an anti-microbial.
Microbes at the bottom of the sea don’t have sugar or sunlight. Instead, they harvest their energy from the unique chemistry of hydrothermal vents.
Iron is essential for many bacterial pathogens to cause disease so they often use siderophores to gather it. Researchers are attempting to exploit the siderophore as a treatment option by developing sideromycins, inhibitors, and even vaccines.
Bacteria can use siderophores to increase their survival, to signal with other cells, and strike against other species.
Here is a suggested framework that divides professional development in higher education into three broad areas of focus: the basics of professionalism, improving current weaknesses, and planning for the future.
Alliance SciComm & Consulting’s vision is to Make Science Accessible. Both as a concept and a career. We will achieve that through our mission of providing consulting services that make academic communication and environments more accessible to all audiences. We provide science writing and editing services, training, and consult on reports to identify and address institutional barriers to science.
Alliance SciComm & Consulting, LLC was founded in 2019 by Dr. Ada Hagan, a microbiologist with a passion for making science accessible. Dr. Hagan seeks to use her strong background in science communication and higher education to help make scientific concepts more easily understood and make the academy more inclusive to future scientists from all backgrounds. Her writing and research has been featured by BBC Radio 4, Science Careers, The Scientist, Massive Science, and the American Society for Microbiology.
PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, 2018
University of Michigan
MS in Microbiology, 2012
East Tennessee State University
BSc in Microbiology & Biochemistry, 2010
East Tennessee State University