PYR101 Episode 8

Tips for English as a Second Language Speakers

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Publishing Your Research 101

Episode 8 – Tips for English as a Second Language Speakers

About the Episode

This episode focuses on the special challenges faced by speakers of English as a Second language. While the editors emphasize the fact that writing a good scientific article difficult in any language, it is especially difficult for non-native English speakers. There are four parts to this episode. Gus Scuseria (Spanish), Jin Zhang (Chinese), and Jinwoo Cheon (Korean), in their native languages, discuss the strategies they used to become proficient in writing in English and also describe the techniques they use now to help their students. All three editors contribute to the fourth part, discussing their tips in English.

Related Resources

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed

About The Author

Gustavo E. Scuseria

Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University

Part 1, in Spanish: Gustavo E. Scuseria is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. He is the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. He received his B.S., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Scuseria has a wide range of interests, including quantum chemistry field and electronic structure theory, coupled cluster theory, linear scaling methods, exchange-correlation functionals, methods for systems with periodic boundary conditions, and applications to a broad range of areas including carbon fullerenes, nanotubes, and nanoribbons. Learn more

Jin Zhan

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz

Part 2: In Chinese: Jin Zhang is Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz. His research interests include the design, development, characterization, and application of advanced materials focusing on optical and electronic nanomaterials. These include both nanocrystals and quantom dots, and both semiconductors and metals. He has studied the unique physical and chemical properties of these materials, which are due to quantum confinement and the large ratio of surface to volume. He received his B.S. from Fudan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Learn more

Jinwoo Cheon

Professor at Yonsei University

Part 3: In Korean: Jinwoo Cheon is a Senior Editor for Accounts of Chemical Research, and H.G. Underwood Professor at Yonsei University. He is Principal Investigator for the Center for Evolutionary Nanoparticles, established at Yonsei University in 2010. His research is in the area of “rational design” of inorganic nanocrystalline materials, nanoscale magnetism, and the applications of nanomaterials for biomedical and energy related sciences. He received his BS and MS degrees from Yonsei University and his PhD from the University of Illinois. Learn more