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  Session: Going Public: How to Get Published
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: The Joy and Challenge of Writing for a Broad Audience
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Carl E. Mungan,, United States Naval Academy,
410-293-6680, mungan@usna.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Traditionally, faculty job descriptions involve three legs of a stool: teaching, research, and service. I suggest the stool is missing a leg - pedagogy - the scholarship of better understanding the foundations and applications of physics even if they are not directly tied to a course one is teaching or to one's research. Many physicists are interested in pedagogy and have clever ideas they would like to share. However they are not very good at presenting those ideas, especially to nonspecialists. In this talk I will share some opinions about: *motivations for writing broadly*; *sources of inspiration*; *nature of the audience*; *organizing a paper along a storyline*; *the contrast between research and pedagogical articles*; *use of effective diagrams, applications, and demonstrations*; and *making time and energy to write*.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT_Mungan_DB02.pdf

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