CPCB Course is be held Mondays at 4:00 pm in Room 6014, BST 3
This course has two parts:
- Paper presentation for years 1 (25 minutes)
- Research presentation for years 4 (25 minutes)
- Grading policies depend on weather you are presenting or not
- If you are presenting this semester
- 50% Participation (attendance + discussion +quiz)
- 50% Presentation quality
- If you are not presenting, participation counts for 100%.
Mandatory instructor communications
Research presentations: Share slided 1 week before
Paper presentations: Paper is posted one week before class. Discuss paper choice by the Wednesday.
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- Your goal is to save everyone else the time they would need to understand the paper in depth. Everyone is expected to read the paper but the presenter should also understand all the technical details as well as the broader context.
- Put the paper in context. What is the main problem the authors try to solve? What has been done previously?
- What is the main contribution? Is there conceptual or technical innovation or does the paper mostly contribute data?
- Present 2 or 3 figures but have others as back up in case you need to reference them. Sometimes supplemental figures are more meaningful and interesting than the main ones (especially in journals with short paper formats).
- In order to start a discussion as part of your presentation you can include:
- A different title for the paper – humor is okay
an answer to either or both of the following questions
- What would you have done differently? What other computational
technique and/or experimental method could have been applied to
- How would you apply the computational
technique and/or experimental method to a different dataset or
- Our goal is to present our work to a diverse audience. Everyone in the audience is thinking "What is in it for me?" so have something for everyone.
- A good rule-of-thumb breakdown is
- 1/3 background that any molecular biologist could understand.
- 1/3 specifics of you project. Conceptual approach, figures, results.
- 1/3 technical details. Don't just list everything, point out some details that make your approach work. Members of the audience that are well versed in your area will be happy to benefit from your experience.
- For short presentations timing is everything. You don't want to rush your most impressive result at the end. Practice to get the timing right!
Note on equations.
Generally there is very little time to understand complicated equations so you have to use them sparingly. Good practices are:
- Define all the variables on the same slide and use the same font!
- Designate scalars and vectors appropriately and give matrix dimensions when appropriate -- this is very helpful!
- Only put as many equations as you can talk about. Ideally, you can point to various parts to orient the audience. As in “This is the likelihood and this is the penalty”
- If you can create a visual representation of some of the variables do that. Again, use consistent fonts.