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Title: Avoiding Truly Offal Poster Presentations


1
Avoiding Truly Offal Poster Presentations
  • C. Watkins, J.G. Mexal and R. Goss
  • New Mexico State University
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003

2
BRANDING
  • NMSU promise
  • to provide students with a quality education that
    prepares them for the world ahead
  • http//brand.nmsu.edu/msppt.html

3
Avoiding Offal PostersBackground on Posters
  • 1974 Debuted at Biochem/Biophysics Mtg
  • 2002 Posters ASHS 69 of 760
    presentations
  • ACSSS 66 of 2195 presentations
  • WSWS 46 of 142 presentations
  • WSSA 36 of 333 presentations
  • Posters 34 poor to fair,
  • 36 average,
  • 30 good to excellent

4
Avoiding Offal PostersOutline
  • Guidelines
  • Background
  • Layout
  • Font Size
  • Text
  • Pictures
  • Tables
  • Graphs

5
Avoiding Offal Posters Old School Approach
6
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Go to File, Page Setup, Slides Sized For (choose
    custom with landscape orientation, 44 width, 34
  • Go View, Guides (used to align text)
  • Tables, figures, photographs or other objects can
    be inserted.
  • Print on 8.5 x 11 to proof read

7
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Use a large font
  • Have lots of open space
  • Three columns is usually better than four (two
    columns might be better than three)
  • Use bullets (this is not a journal article)
  • Use graphs instead of tables
  • Use photos
  • Use a background other than white
  • K.I.S.S.

8
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Plan
  • What is the size? 1.2 m X 2.4 m (4 x 8) or 1.2
    m X 1.2 m (4 x 8)
  • Should be readable from 2 m (6)
  • Murder your Darlins
  • 1-3 take-home messages
  • dont present all your research in one poster

9
Avoiding Offal Posters Backgrounds- Old School
  • This is as boring in posters as it is in slides.
  • Be lazy- use PowerPoint
  • Be creative- use your imagination

10
Avoiding Offal Posters Backgrounds-
  • Textures
  • Photographs
  • higher resolution (pixillation)
  • Clip Art
  • relevant

11
Avoiding Offal Posters Backgrounds
Photograph
Watermark
Grayscale
R B Y B
R B Y B
R B Y B
R B Y B
R B Y B
R B Y B
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Avoiding Offal Posters Backgrounds
Clip Art
Watermark
Grayscale
R B Y B
R B Y B
R B Y B
13
Avoiding Offal Posters Backgrounds-Combinations
14
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Layout
  • Organize in modified IMRD format
  • Layout in left-to-right and top-to-bottom
  • Exceptions
  • Upper right POWER Conclusions
  • Lower corners WEAK MM, tables,
  • junk

15
No. 127,993a
Title Author and Affiliation
Abstract Introduction
Photo/ Results
Conclusions
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
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No. 127,993a
Title Author and Affiliation
Power Corner
Power Corner
Abstract Introduction
Photo/ Results
Conclusions
Weakest Corner Dont put anything important here
other than your buttocks
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
Weak Corner
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
17
Avoiding Offal Posters Font Size
  • 96 pt 23 mm
  • 72 pt 17 mm
  • 48 pt 9 mm
  • 28 pt 8 mm 24 pt 6 mm 20 pt 5 mm

18
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Headings
  • 12-15 mm font
  • Do not switch sizes (Results, Materials and
    Methods)
  • Text
  • KISS Brevity is a virtue
  • Use Landscape format, as the commercial says
    Wider is better.
  • Right ragged margins
  • Outline formatuse bullets
  • gt6 mm font

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No. 127,993a
Title --96 pt 23 mm Author and Affiliation--72
pt 17 mm
Abstract Introduction
Photo/ Results
Conclusions
Headings -- gt12 mm
Subheadings -- gt9 mm
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
Text -- gt 5 mm
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
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No. 127,993a
Title Author and Affiliation
Omit Abstract if allowed
Abstract Introduction
Photo/ Results
Conclusions
Make this easy to find! Use border or highlight
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
21
Logo
No. 127,993a
  • Good quality logo
  • color
  • appropriate size
  • Poster number
  • often required

22
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Title
  • Active title
  • Avoid effect, affect, influence, impact,
  • Tell the results of your research
  • Use large font 25 mm
  • Use Bold
  • Do not use ALL CAPS
  • Authors Affiliation
  • use smaller font than title 15-20 mm
  • use logo (in color)

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Title Author and Affiliation
  • Title
  • short, and catchy (this is the hook)
  • gt 25 mm
  • easily read
  • avoid dead words, e.g. effect, influence, study
  • Authors
  • gt 15 mm
  • Underline presenter, if not senior author
  • Affiliation
  • department, city, e-mail address
  • construct pocket for business cards

24
Title Author and Affiliation
  • Bad titles
  • Effect of magnesium on early taro growth.
  • Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 2521591994
  • Vacuum cooling and storage temperature influence
    the quality of stored mung bean sprouts.
  • HortScience 358912000
  • Good titles
  • Sugars prevent the detrimental effects of gamma
    irradiation on cut chrysanthemums.
  • HortScience 311171996
  • Narrow row spacing does not affect lima bean
    yield or management of weeds and other pests.
  • HortScience 36(5)8842001

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Abstract Introduction
Hypothesis Objectives
  • Abstract
  • Omit unless required repeats Conclusion
  • If required, substitute Implications for
    Conclusion
  • Abstract on poster need not be identical to
    submitted abstract
  • Introduction
  • Brief
  • Bullets better than text
  • Include Hypothesis and Objectives with their
    own headings or subheadings

26
Hypothesis Objectives
  • Hypothesis Faculty, even Professors, can learn
    to present research findings in a clear, legible,
    and attractive format that enlightens the reader.
  • Objectives
  • Present tricks of the trade
  • Suggest universal layout
  • Conduct cost/benefit analysis

27
Materials Methods
  • Only the Introduction and References are less
    important
  • Be brief
  • Use photographs (gt 5 x 7)
  • N.B. You are already considered the
    expert--thats why they stopped at your poster.
    There is no need to elaborate extensively on the
    methods unless this is a methods poster.

28
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Photos
  • Use them
  • Prefer 20 cm x 25 cm
  • Acceptable 10 cm x 18 cm
  • Should be pertinent
  • Photos need a legend

29
No. 127,993a
Title Author and Affiliation
Hot ideas call for hot photos!
Abstract Introduction
Photo/ Results
Conclusions
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
30
Results
  • USDA Choice (no fat allowed)!
  • Just the facts, maam. Nothing but the facts.
    Joe Friday
  • Use bullets
  • gt 1.5 spaces between lines
  • Place most important findings in the upper 1/2 of
    the poster

31
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Tables
  • Brief legend at top
  • No more than 20 items
  • No more than 4 columns
  • No more than 5 rows
  • Use gt6 mm font
  • Use significant numbers
  • Use statistics
  • Number tables (if needed)

32
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
33
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
34
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
Whats important here?
35
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
36
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
  • Horgne 16.555 m
  • Borch 8 mg/ha
  • Keing 78
  • Xeros 392 gpm

Blings (Mg/ha) Blings (Mg/ha) Blings (Mg/ha)
1998 1999 2000
4.9 4.4 8.0
37
Avoiding Offal Posters Guidelines for Posters
  • Graphs
  • Legend above figure
  • Use gt6 mm font
  • Do not copy from thesis or manuscript
  • Number figures
  • Do not include numerical value with figure
  • Use color
  • Bar graphs
  • No pseudoperspective (3D) Bill Gates likes
    this
  • No more than 3 groups of bars
  • Label Y axis on horizontal
  • Line graphs
  • No more than 5 lines
  • Remove 1 line for every cross-over

38
Table 1. Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer
rsdote awuflnf weefipf0fs.
39
Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer rsdote
awuflnf weefipf0fs.
Voldt (Mg/ha)
a
b
b
c
d
Treatment
40
Eslduroie wrhfnv worhlf wruwuawiu wer rsdote
awuflnf weefipf0fs.
Voldt (Mg/ha)
a
b
b
c
d
Treatment
41
Implications
  • Effective poster organization and presentation
    can improve comprehension of new information
    presented at scientific meetings.
  • Meetings can be more enjoyable for everyone.

42
Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Cost of a good poster
  • person-years to collect data X annual salary
  • cost of meeting (airfare, per diem, registration)
  • poster (50 for color _at_ Kinkos)
  • Benefit
  • A good poster will attract readers, potential
    collaborators, funding agencies, or future
    employers

43
Avoiding Offal Posters Traveling with Posters
  • Tools
  • Push-pins
  • Velcro
  • Knife
  • Liquid paper
  • Black pen
  • Clear shipping tape
  • Business cards
  • Shipping tube

Do not check poster as luggage Carry with you
everywhere!
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No. 127,993a
Title Author and Affiliation
Abstract Introduction
Photo / Results
Conclusions
Photo / Results
Be creative!!
Hypothesis Objectives
Results
Implications
MM
MM/ Table/ Results
Table Photos
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