2014 Spring Workshop

Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

2014 Spring Technical Workshop & Meeting

April 25th 2014, H.R. Stackhouse Training Center – Bellefonte, PA


Registration required by April 11th.

WORKSHOP:  Improving Skills in Professional Communications

This workshop is geared towards young professionals and graduate students who have had some experience making public presentations. Upper level undergraduates conducting research and professionals looking to improve communication skills are also encouraged to attend.  The workshop will focus on three areas: (1) planning and designing PowerPoint presentations, (2) guidelines for effective oral presentations, and (3) designing technical posters.  Approximately 1.5-2.0 hours will be devoted to each of the areas of emphasis.  Attendees will have the opportunity to make short presentations with the aim of improving design and delivery skills.CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:  6 credits


Bob Carline, now retired, is former Leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.  He taught a graduate course in Professional Communications at Ohio State University and Penn State University.  For many years, he judged oral presentations and posters at American Fisheries Society (AFS) meetings.  He was the lead author in an AFS video production entitled “Designing Effective Slide Presentations”.  He wrote the AFS “Guidelines for Designing Posters”, which was published in Fisheries in 2007.

Jim Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources Management, Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State, and Pennsylvania Extension Forester, has been on the School of Forest Resources and now the Department of Ecosystem Sciences and Management faculty for 39 years. In his extension role, he commonly presents information in varied venues, from formal research to talks designed to engage, motivate, or entertain audiences.

 2014 Spring Workshop

Workshop Materials:  Schedule   Ppt present outline   AFS Guidelines for Posters  Effective Poster Design