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Verbosity Killed the Poster

Zen Faulkes at Better Posters contemplates whether a novice presenter should give an talk or present a poster. He gives many reasons why first-timers should consider a poster. "Posters are less formal, less high stakes, and almost never get bumped," Faulkes writes, but he adds that many researchers fall victim to verbosity. Oftentimes, he writes, this is because the poster is generally the first presentation of a group’s research, at the stage in which "we were still thinking through the story." As a result, these posters often contain "too much text. Way too much text," he writes. Faulkes blogs that a quality poster should not resemble the first draft of a manuscript – instead, one should write out all of their ideas on paper and then "be especially ruthless in editing it."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.