User:Leslie Ann Roldan

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Contact information

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  • Office: E39-373
  • Office hours: By appointment

Writing instructor for 20.109. Lecturer II in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program at MIT.

Background and Education

  • 2001, PhD (Biology), MIT
  • 1992, BA (English), Stanford

Prior to coming to MIT's WAC program in 2005, I was a scientific editor who commissioned and edited biology college-level text and articles for the web, and more recently Executive Director of the Cell Decision Process Center, an NIH Center of Excellence in Systems Biology. I currently teach primarily in the Biology department; my scholarly research focuses on how students develop scientific communication skills through preparing literature reviews.



Note: many of the resources can fit in other categories. For example, the principles of storytelling apply to both writing and presentations.


Oral presentation

  • Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
  • TED: excellent examples of different presentation styles

Visualization & Design

General inspiration