Individual Assessment Lab 12 - Stem Cells
Please note this is for the final course lab, not this week, but requires your group to find and submit papers beforehand.
As part of the assessment for this course, you will give a 10 minutes journal club presentation in lab 12 (28 October 11-1). For this you will have to prepare a powerpoint show as a group to discuss a recent (published after 2010) original research article (not a review!) on stem cell biology or technology. There are lots of interesting articles out there. Please find them on PubMed. Articles published in Nature, Science, Cell or PNAS are usually spectacular pieces of research!
Each group sends PDFs of 2-3 selected articles to me (Annemiek) by 5 pm on Monday 20 October. I will select which of the chosen articles you will present, and inform you asap, and by Friday 24 October latest.
Please note that we will have 8 groups presenting. This means your presentations have to be very concise, and that we will have to stop you if you go over time. As a guideline, each one slide takes about 1 minute to talk through. So do not use more than 10-12 slides total. It works best if one student presents introduction, a second student the results, and a third the discussion. Please read through attached document for tips for presentations.
You will receive a group mark based on presentation content, insight and comprehension, and presentation and slide style. We will penalise for going over time.
Good luck, and looking forward to seeing you again in my stem cell lecture on 27 October!
|Tips for Presentations
- Do not use cheat sheets and do not learn your presentation literally by heart. Make sure that you know and understand what you want to get across. Explain carefully. Use your slides as cheat sheets. Make eye contact with your audience and get a feel for whether they understand your story.
- Keep your presentation short and concise. Not every detail of the article needs to be discussed in the presentation, but limit it to the bare minimum that is required to get the main message of the article across. For instance, do not go into too much detail in method sections. Not all nitty-gritty detail of the results needs to be discussed. The less info your audience has to take in, the higher the chance that they will understand your story.
- Don’t just put your slides up while you are presenting, but talk your audience carefully through them. Slides are an indispensable part of the presentation. Each item on your slides should be relevant and addressed and highlighted with pointer, fingers, stick. Slide shows are indispensable for a presentation, as is the presenter. They should support and enhance a presentation, they should aid your audience in understanding.
- Talk your audience through each of the figures on your slides. Figures may be obvious to you, but not to your audience unless you explain them carefully. So explain what experiment has been carried out, and what is displayed in the figure:
- on the X and Y-axes,
- what the bars represent in diagrams,
- the tissues/cell types displayed,
- the bands on Western blot, RNA and DNA gels,
- What colors represent colors in immunostainings, etc etc.
- Please note that you only need to highlight this experimental detail that is necessary to get the main message of the figure across.
- Conclude a (results) slide with a concluding/summarizing remark that should cover the main message of this particular slide.
- Annotate the figures in your presentation carefully but sparingly. Label panels, axes, images etc so that figures are self-explicatory.
- Do not use too much text on your slides.
- To stay in control the presenter should flick through the slide show. Not another member of the team.
- If you didn’t understand the articles in depth, read a recent review or even go back to text books to acquire the basic knowledge. Also, if you discuss results of a crucial experiment but do not understand the technology. Please go back to the original references or your text books to read up on this technology. You should be on top of everything you say or write up in your slides.
- Stick to your time. Don’t make too many slides. Each slide should take about a minute on average to talk through.
- to avoid acronyms and abbreviations