Short Summary on Titles and Abstract




Features of Good Title and Good Talk Abstract.

General guide: Think   Take-Home Message (THM)  -- the nub of the
   new material: precisely but clearly condensed.

TITLE
   One line best
   Short and snappy with strong hint of take-home message so that someone 
     at talk seeing title remmeber instanly the TAKE HOME MESSAGE (THM)

   A sentence can be great if  has 
     Subject with familar ideas drives (via verb) to new material (THM)


ABSTRACT

Length: less than 80 words or 700 characters including spaces.

Give sense of talk.
  importance
  relevant background
  specific results
   [... (iii) electronic structure calculations develop  model 
     of the mechanism for prion disease.]

Attract audience by its 
  clarity of experession
  lack of passivitity ["... will be presented ..."]
  lack of promissory notes ["Relevance to experiments will ..."];
     Be specific.

No-nos:
  Critical words not defined in context.
   [instead:  protein-only infectious agents--prions-- ...]
  Acronyms
  Use of first person (singular or plural)

Ideal sentence: Active subject drives [active verb] new result.
  ["Metallic Fermi-liquid theory is incomplete."
   "Misfolding proteins cause public health threats such as Mad Cow."]

Tense and voice:  present and active is default.