Over the years many of us have been asked or volunteered to talk with a variety of audiences about our work and our perspective as scientists on topics of the day. In the not so distant future, you will need these skills as well. The ability to tell a compelling, coherent, engaging story will serve you well. Recently, Ronald Hites, editor of the ACS journal Environmental Science and Technology, wrote a piece that presents some suggestions on how to give scientific talks and posters and on how to get started writing research papers and proposals. It is well worth the read and follow-up conversations with trusted mentors and friends. Enjoy exploring the paper; oral and written communication play critical roles in daily life as well as one's work life. For those having done summer research here at St. Olaf, many of the paper's take home messages should resonate!