Dr. Sarah's US 1150-121 Freshman Seminar - Fall 2007

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Date     WORK DUE at the beginning of class or lab unless otherwise noted!
Dec 6 - Thur
  • Graded Assignment: Final Project Poster Sessions from 12-2:30 on December 6. Since our class time overlaps two blocks, we voted on our exam time. Be sure that your poster (one per group) is facing so that it is taller than it is wider and is at most 2 feet wide. Bring your own beverage. If you want to bring something to share, feel free - Dr. Sarah will provide some snacks. peer review, self evaluation
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    December 3 - Mon
  • Bring your old t-shirt to class that you don't mind writing on.
  • Your final project question or problem and group of up to 2 must be approved by Dr. Sarah sometime before class on the WebCT bulletin board. A maximum of two people per scientific or mathematical question or problem (either as a group or individual projects) will be granted on the WebCT bulletin board.
    Artificial Intelligence: Becca and Roarke
    Biodiesel: Ashley and Noah
    Bluetooth: Matt and Nathan
    Cloning: Andy and Kwiatek
    Deep Sea Creatures: Miranda
    Deforestation: Katy and Leah
  • Prepare to briefly discuss your project in class.
  • Graded Assignment: Personal Reflection. You may turn this assignment in early for feedback before it is graded using the rubric.
  • Pizza Hut Buffet from 5-7. Be sure to obtain an itemized receipt for $5 reimbursement.
  • November 28 - Wed
  • Graded Assignment: Attend two out-of-class university sponsored experiences, with at least one of those related to mathematics or science. Tori has announced a summary of upcoming events on campus each week, including colloquium in mathematics and science and mathematics and science club activities. See mathematics and science activities. For each of the activities, first, in only a few sentences, briefly summarize the activity. Then discuss how the activity helped your development [or if it did not help, what you would have changed and why]. Include the date, time, location, and duration of each activity. You may turn this assignment in early for feedback before it is graded using the rubric.
  • If you have not already done so, turn in the open house tour questions - fill out p. 169-170 of New Connections
  • November 26 - Mon
  • The top article "vote getters" are From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm - November 13th and Challenges Both Left and Right to Global Warming - November 13th. Read the articles and prepare to share your impressions of the article and your ideas about designing an effective series of experiments.
  • Bring New Connections to class.
  • Bring your favorite picture or image to class or attach a copy to the WebCT bulletin board.
  • Find an old t-shirt that you won't mind writing on to bring to class on the last day.
  • Work on the university sponsored experience assignment, the personal reflection assignment, and the final project [see 11/28, 12/3, and 12/6].
  • November 19 - Mon
  • Post a message to Dr. Sarah on the WebCT bulletin board which indicates your top 3 article choices from the October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 13 New York Science Times issues that would work well for the class to discuss the design of an effective series of experiments.
  • Work on the university sponsored experience assignment, and the personal reflection assignment [see 11/28 and 12/3].
  • November 14 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. We will use this later.
  • Graded Assignment: Living Scientist or Mathematician Research Project Digital Presentation
  • November 12 - Mon
  • Bring New Connections to class.
  • If you have a laptop with Excel on it, bring it to class.
  • November 8 - Thur
  • Meet at East Hall at 4pm for Hiking.
  • November 7 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. We will use this later.
  • Your group (up to 3 people) and living scientist or mathematician needs to be approved by Dr. Sarah on the WebCT bulletin board - one person per group. Send a posting that includes a preliminary list of references. Be sure to choose a person for whom you can find and/or infer the project criteria
  • November 5 - Mon
  • Bring any questions about registration to class.
  • Work on homework for Wed.
  • October 31 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. We will use this later.
  • Graded Assignment: You may work alone or in a group of 3 people, and turn in one per group. Choose one article from the NY Science Times other than the ones from the October 17th class discussion. Type up the pros and cons with respect to the scientific method, statistical ways of thinking, and mathematical thinking. You may turn this assignment in early for feedback before it is graded using the rubric.
  • October 29 - Mon
  • Research to find one controversial aspect of Myers-Briggs and post a WebCT bulletin board message to Dr. Sarah briefly summarizing the controversy.
  • October 24 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. We will use this later.
  • Fill out p. 171 and 175 of New Connections and bring these to class.
  • Work on upcoming graded assignments. Choose your article and group (up to 3 people) for the October 31st assignment and write down the title and group names for Dr. Sarah. Continue working on choosing a living scientist or mathematician.
  • Prepare to share an answer to one of the questions about your personal scientific/mathematical style at the bottom of the video sheet.
  • October 22 - Mon
  • Meet in Old Belk. Work on homework for Wednesday.
  • October 21 - Sun
  • Dinner party at Dr. Sarah's at 5:30pm.
  • October 17 - Wed
  • The top "vote getters" for articles were How Baboons Think (Yes, Think) from October 9 and Marital Spats, Taken to Heart from October 2. Read and critique each article. Prepare to share the pros and cons with respect to the scientific method, statistical ways of thinking, and mathematical thinking.
  • October 15 - Mon
  • Meet in CAP 307 at 2:00pm
  • Work on homework for Wednesday.
  • October 10 - Wed
  • Pick up your copy of the New York Times on Tuesday.
  • By midnight on Friday October 12, post a professional message to the bulletin board containing you and Dr. Sarah [NOT email] which includes:
    A formal reflection on your Media Research Project Presentation
    1) What aspects went well?
    2) What aspects could have been improved?
    3) Rate yourself as average, above average, or below average when compared to the rest of the class. Justify your response and relate it to the clarity of your scientific/mathematical discussion.
    4) Post the names of two articles in the NY Science Times from Oct 2 and Oct 9 that you think would work best for class discussion. The top "vote getter" will win and Tori and Dr. Sarah will choose a second article.
    5) Spend class time on Wednesday on research for the living scientist project
    What did you accomplish related to your project?
    How well do you feel your research time was used? Explain.
    Imporant Note: Campus services may be sporadic over break. This page should still be accessible. Remember to use Direct WebCT access if pipeline is down. You can email me at greenwaldsj@gmail.com if WebCT is not accessible.
  • October 8 - Mon
  • Meet in CAP 273 at 2 [Dr. Adrian Daw's lab]
  • Bring your calendar with you so that we can choose a Sunday to go to Dr. Sarah's for a party, and so that we can (separately) decide how to spend our money.
  • During Dr. Daw's talk, write down a question for him. You do not need to ask him your question, and it is fine if he answers it later in the talk. Dr. Sarah will collect these.
  • Begin working on homework for Wednesday.
  • October 3 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday.
  • Graded Assignment: Media Research Project Presentation
  • October 1 - Mon
  • Graded Assignment: Revisions to the response paper to the GIC or the summer reading book and convocation speech due. Turn in your original with Dr. Sarah's comments too.
  • Sep 27 - Thur
  • By this date, make sure that you stop into one of Dr. Sarah's office hours for a short conference.
  • Sep 26 - Wed
  • Meet in Library Atrium at 2pm
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday.
  • In our previous readings of the Science Times, you shared articles you found interesting and explained why you chose the articles you did. For this assignment, choose just one article (from the last two weeks Sep 18 and Sep 25) and read it with a scientific/statistical/mathematical critical eye. Share the pros and cons of your article with respect to the scientific method, statistical ways of thinking, and mathematical thinking. Prepare written or typed notes or bullet points on what you plan to say, to turn in, that highlight the diverse scientific/mathematical perspectives and critiques of your article.
  • Sep 24 - Mon
  • Using the library's subject databases for computer science, search for articles by Rahman Tashakkori. Write down how many articles you were able to find in each of the 7 databases that the library lists as "Best Bets" and prepare to turn this in. If you are off campus, you need to enter your Banner ID for access.
  • If you have a twister game, bring it to class. I'm not positive we will get to this today, but there is a good chance.
  • Sep 19 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. Begin working on the assignment for next Wednesday.
  • Sep 17 - Mon
  • Graded Assignment: Response paper to the GIC or the summer reading book and convocation speech due.
  • Sep 12 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. Prepare to share something you found interesting from each of the last two weeks (Sep 4th and Sep 11) and explain why you chose the articles that you did.
  • Research for information about statistical thinking and prepare to share what you have found.
  • After class, we will go on our tour of campus services, lasting approximately 1.3 hours. Fill out p. 169-170 of New Connections and prepare to turn this in. If you have a conflict, see the Program Assistant in the FS office to schedule a time to attend that works with your schedule, and turn in your form to Tori afterwards.
  • Sep 10 - Mon
  • If you have not finished the summer book, be sure you do. Prepare to discuss a connection from the book or convocation speech to science and mathematics.
  • Sep 6 - Thur
  • Read p. 41-45 in New Connections and bring your book with you to convocation.
  • Meet Tori for convocation at OLB 1116 at 9:30. Tori will take attendance, and the class will walk over together and sit together. During convocation, look for Dr. Sarah and identify whether her Regalia matches the descriptions on p. 41-43. What does Dr. Sarah's Regalia tell you about her? Take notes on this in your book. In addition, jot down other connections from convocation to science and mathematics.
  • Sep 5 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday.
  • Meet for the GIC course inside the main rotunda of the Student Recreation Center on Bodenheimer Drive at 2pm (2-5:30). If you have a course conflict, take a letter to your instructor.
    Wear close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty
    Bring the completed medical form and any drinks or snacks you desire.
  • Aug 29 - Wed
  • Pick up your edition of the New York Times on Tuesday. Begin reading the Science Times and prepare to share something you found interesting and explain why you chose the article that you did.
  • Aug 27 - Mon
  • Read through the online syllabus (you can search google for Dr. Sarah and click on the course page from there). Prepare to share something you read and write down any questions you have - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
  • Research the web for a quote about science or mathematics. Write down your quote and the person. One person will share a different quote each day.
  • Research for information about the scientific method and prepare to share what you have found.

  • Tori's Tip of the Week and Class Science or Mathematics Quote of the Day

    Wed Aug 22
    Tori's Tip: Start the year off awesomely! Meet new people not only in your dorms but in your classes. Try new things - college is the golden opportunity for all these things.
    Dr. Sarah's Quote: This universality of application [of mathematics] can be traced back to the fact that all aspects of Nature and areas of life are governed by the same principles of order and intelligence that have been discovered subjectively by mathematicians by referring back to the principles of intelligence in their own consciousness. [Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]
    Mon Aug 27
    Tori's Tip: Hey! It's still nice outside- get outside and get active and stave off that freshman 15!
    Kwiatek's Quote: When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. [Albert Einstein, On relativity]
    Wed Aug 29
    Becca's Quote: Logic is invincible, because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic. [Pierre Boatroux]
    Mon Sep 10
    Tori's Tip: Save your quarters, spend your pennies. Also, when people owe you money, ask for the funds back in quarters. Most of the laundry machines on campus take quarters and mom probably doesn't like you coming home with 5 loads of laundry every other weekend.
    Miranda's Quote: Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. [Jules Henry Poincare]
    Wed Sep 12
    Ashley's Quote: Mathematics is the Queen of the Sciences. [Carl Friedrich Gauss]
    Mon Sep 17
    Tori's Tip: Take your tests head on. Do your best, but if you don't do well, don't let it dishearten you. Learn from it and just try harder next time. No job interviewer is going to say, "You have all the qualifications we are looking for, but I see you didn't do well on that one test in Western Civilizations, sorry."
    Matt's Quote: Science is organized knowledge, Wisdom is organized life. [Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)]
    Wed Sep 19
    Noah's Quote: In life the only constant is change. [Heraclitus]
    Mon Sep 24
    Tori's Tip Call your mom and dad - more than once a month. They miss you.
    Liesel's Quote: It can be of no practical use to know that Pi is irrational, but if we can know, it surely would be intolerable not to know. [Titchmarsh]
    Wed Sep 26
    Stefanie's Quote:
    Mon Oct 1
    Tori's Tip Set up some one-on-one me time. Find a way to decompress from a hectic week and recharge for the next.
    Andy's Quote: I haven't failed, I've found 10000 ways that don't work. [Thomas Alva Edison]
    Wed Oct 3
    Roarke's Quote: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm still not sure about the universe. [Albert Einstein]
    Wed Oct 17
    Tori's Tip Talk, talk, talk, in class. Professors really like it when you vocalize opinions (politely) and ask questions about the material.
    Mon Oct 22
    Tori's Tip Make weekly traditions, like yoga class or lunch with friends. It gives you something exciting to look forward to on those really tough weeks.
    Katy's Quote: If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. [John von Neumann]
    Mon Oct 29
    Tori's Tip Start planning for registration now! Get that advisor meeting (that's mandatory) and plan out multiple schedules- you're probably not going to get your first choice.
    Leah's Quote: Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. [Anonymous]
    Mon Nov 5
    Tori's Tip: If falling behind in a class or two, talk with the professor and see what you can do to help move your grade up! You've got a month left so don't let the chances slip away!
    Alex's Quote: The essence of mathematics is not to make things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. [S. Gudder]
    Mon Nov 12
    Tori's Tip: Panicking about upcoming exams?! Fear not! If you know someone in the class, ask to start a study session or study groups. Even swapping notes is a good way to review, the other person may have caught things that you missed in class.
    Nathan's Quote: Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions. [Benjamin Pierce]
    Eric's Quote:
    Mon Nov 19
    Tori's Tip Bring back leftovers from Thanksgiving if you don't have a lot of cash on your meal card. Don't forget to show thanks!
    Mon Nov 26
    Tori's Tip It's crunch time! Exams start in a week, are you prepared? Find study groups, if that tickles your fancy, double check the syllabus to see if you have all the material covered- just make sure you're prepared for uber study time in the upcoming week!
    Tori's Tip ts crunch time for exams! Remember to take extra good care of your body this week. For instance, four cups of coffee do not substitute for an actual meal.