Dr. Sarah's UCO 1200 First Year Seminar Tentative Calendar - Fall 2012
Breakthroughs and Controversies in Science and Mathematics

The best way to contact me outside of class is during office hours in 326 Walker Hall or as an ASULearn Message. [Participants / my picture / Send message]

  • Office Hours this week
    in person during finals: Wed 6th 12:45, Tues 12th 10:00 and 1:30, Thur 14th 10:30
    8pm Zoom Conferencing: Thur 7th, Fri 8th, Mon 11th, Wed 13th and on the ASULearn Forums
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies
  • Class highlights
  • Jump down to tomorrow's homework which is located above the red lines
    Date     WORK DUE at the beginning of class Other Discussion Questions and Reflections TBA
    10 Dec - Mon
  • Research Project 3: Unsolved Question. Presentations from 12-2:30.
    Upload an electronic copy to ASULearn and bring a printed copy of all your work to class too.
    Lisa Abbott's library guide
  • Reflection: University Sponsored Activities
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    6 Dec - Thur
  • Watch the TED video on SYNC and be prepared to discuss
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • Read through Research Project 3 again (I made some changes to the wording of the requirements for the conclusion) and continue working on it - write down any questions you have.
  • 4 Dec - Tues
  • Take a look at my ASULearn message to you
  • Discussion Questions on SYNC p. 11-23 and 30-39: reading on ASULearn
    1) What are the Academic Disciplines that relate?
    2) Research the credentials of the author and summarize what you found.
    3) What cause/effect relationships were stated or implied? (Try to find as many as you can)
    4) Create one clicker question for the class that relates to the article
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • 29 Nov - Thur
  • I am speaking at a conference in Chicago. Use class time to complete the following and by 11:55pm, message me (as simple text) your reponses on ASULearn [Participants / my picture / Send message]:
    Discussion Questions - Message response on ASULearn:
  • Skim the entire research article Mystery Solved: The Identification of the Two Missing Romanov Children Using DNA Analysis. (Themes: What a Research Paper Can Look Like, Certainty and Experimentation on Humans) There may be forensic chemistry, biology and/or probability content that is beyond the scope of our backgrounds. So "skim" means that we should process what is possible with our current background knowledge and let the rest "roll-off" - which is a much faster read than careful reading, but do give it a good faith effort.
    1) What are the controversies mentioned in the article (list them all)
    2) What science and mathematics methods are mentioned in the article [for instance, Y-STR Testing is one that is mentioned]
    3) How is this research article format similar to and different from lab experiments you have written up in the past (in college or high school)?
    4) Name two additional controversies related to DNA from the last 30 years (unrelated to this article).
    5) What are the controversies surrounding Rosalind Franklin in the history of DNA?
  • 27 Nov - Tues
  • Meet in the library in Room 026 Discussion Questions and Reflection Due at the Beginning of the Library Class:
  • Discussion Questions
    1) What unsolved question would you like to work on for the final project (maximum of 2 people per project)
    2) Research the web and create one referenced bullet point for each "side" (like in the sample project I created - but just create one for each side for now) and this can include historical evidence and philosophical or ethical perspectives as well as unproven theories, as long as they are referenced.
  • Reflection on Should We Reject the Goal of the Genetically, Electronically, and Mechanically Enhanced Human Being? See guidelines for reflections and here are the clicker questions
  • 20 Nov - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on Taking Sides Reading on Should We Reject the Goal of the Genetically, Electronically, and Mechanically Enhanced Human Being? (as usual, I need a hand-written or printed copy)
    1) What are the various Undergraduate Majors on campus whose research could relate to this topic [List all that relate]
    2) What cause/effect relationships (or if... then... statements) were stated or implied by each author? [List them all]
    3) Research the credentials of each author and summarize what you found.
    4) Create a Decision Matrix - with one item in each spot:
                      Best Case Scenario                 Worst Case Scenario
    Pro:
    Con
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • 15 Nov - Thur
  • Discussion Question: Conduct additional research of one of the activities from Tuesday Nov 13 [they are listed on the class highlights page] and report on what you tried or found [you can work on your own and summarize what you tried and how that went, or search for information on the web and report back in your own words].
  • 13 Nov - Tues
  • Revisions for Research Project 2 are due and are worth 50% of the grade. Turn in your rubric sheet and original along with the revised version. You are allowed 3 pages instead of 2. One aspect that I will ask you to include in revisions that will help clarify the connections is to research what country and type(s) of mathematician/scientist the people in your timeline are: for instance, using forms like:
    English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian Isaac Newton...
  • Read the message from me on ASULearn regarding class feedback on research project 2, which also includes an updated course project, discussion questions and reflection average at the end.
  • 8 Nov - Thur
  • Discussion Question: Read about Placebos (Themes: Certainty and Experiments on Humans). Briefly summarize all the experiments that are mentioned in the article (for example: one set of experiments were open trials in which drugs and placebos were given by pill or injection versus hidden trials in which they were randomly administered by a hidden computer through an IV line)
  • Work on Project 2 revisions, due on Tuesday
  • 6 Nov - Tues Discussion Questions:
    1. Read through the description of the type the test gave you and the "opposite" type with no common letters at 16 MBTI Types. Describe, if there are any, components that you feel DO describe you in your MBTI type
    2. Describe, if there are any, components that you feel DO NOT describe you in your MBTI type
    3. Describe, if there are any, components that you feel DOdescribe you in your "opposite" MBTI type
    4. Describe, if there are any, components that you feel DO NOT describe you in your "opposite" MBTI type
    5. Research to find some controversial aspects of the MBTI Indicator and report back on what you found
  • Continue working on finding additional mathematical and scientific connections for revisions on research project 2 - in revisions you will be allowed 3 pages instead of 2. One aspect that I will ask you to include in revisions that will help clarify the connections is to research what country and type(s) of mathematician/scientist the people in your timeline are: for instance, using forms like:
    English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian Isaac Newton...
  • 1 Nov - Thur
  • As of Tues at 7am, ASU cancelled classes for Tues Oct 30. Use class time to work on the following:
    First the hw that was originally due on Tues:
  • Reflection on Do Humans Belong in Space? See guidelines for reflections
    Next the following additional work:
  • Discussion Questions: Watch the first 6 minutes and 40 seconds of the TED video: http://www.ted.com/talks/burt_rutan_sees_the_future_of_space.html Answer the following:
    1) What aspects, if any, did you agree with?
    2) What aspects, if any, did you disagree with?
    3) Are there any aspects that relate to your own life? How?
    4) What did you think about Burt Rutan's presentation style in the video? Explain.
    5) Research Burt Rutan's scientific credentials, including related degrees and major scientific accomplishments, and report back on what you found
  • Then begin working on finding additional mathematical and scientific connections for revisions on research project 2 - in revisions you will be allowed 3 pages instead of 2. One aspect that I will ask you to include in revisions that will help clarify the connections is to research what country and type(s) of mathematician/scientist the people in your timeline are: for instance, using forms like:
    English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian Isaac Newton...
  • 30 Oct - Tues
  • Reflection on Do Humans Belong in Space? See guidelines for reflections
  • 25 Oct - Thur
  • We will complete research session 2, so everyone in that session should tape up their work at the beginning of class.
  • Discussion Questions (To turn in, but also keep a copy so that you are prepared to discuss) Taking Sides reading Do Humans Belong in Space? p.250-264 [This topic was chosen by the class survey.]
    1) What are the various academic fields or subjects that relate to the articles?
    2) What cause/effect relationships (or if... then... statements) were stated or implied by each author? [List them all]
    3) Research the credentials of each author and summarize what you found.
    4) Create a Decision Matrix - with one item in each spot:
                      Best Case Scenario                 Worst Case Scenario
    Pro:
    Con:
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • 23 Oct - Tues
  • Take a look at my message on ASULearn to you regarding your course average [which I will post by Monday]
  • Begin working on the Taking Sides reading for Thursday
  • We will complete research session 1 and then switch to session 2, so everyone should tape up their work at the beginning of class.
  • 18 Oct - Thur
  • Research Project 2 On the Shoulders of Giants - Two-Page Timeline, Presentation and Annotated References
    Lisa Abbott's library guide
  • 16 Oct - Tues
  • Work on research project 2 due Thursday.
  • 9 Oct - Tues
  • Meet in room 026 in the basement of the library for class.
  • Look for my ASULearn message responding to yours which commented on your project 2 topic ideas [I finished sending my responses on Sunday]. After reading my response, come to the library having chosen a topic for the timeline assignment
  • Revise lens 2 [what impacts success in farming] research notes and the 1/2 page summary [which can now be 3/4 page single-spaced] using my suggestions on the rubric and class discussion, as well as additional research in the latter part of the book and our class discussion on formal writing. Turn in your original with my comments and rubric along with the revision. This revision will count as 50% of the project grade.
  • 4 Oct - Thur
  • Reflection on Genetically Modified Food
  • By the end of the evening on Thursday, Message me on ASULearn some ideas for Project 2 [go to Participants, find my name, and send me a message].
  • If you asked for class tickets for Noises Off, then I will hand them out in class, and we'll meet in our assigned seats at 7:15ish at the Valborg Theatre.
  • 2 Oct - Tues
  • Discussion Questions: Taking Sides Reading on Genetically Modified Food p. 190-209. [This topic was chosen by the class survey.]
    1) What are the various academic fields or subjects that relate to the articles?
    2) What cause/effect relationships (or if... then... statements) were stated or implied by each author? [List them all]
    3) Research the credentials of each author and summarize what you found.
    4) Create a Decision Matrix:
                      Best Case Scenario                 Worst Case Scenario
    Pro:
    Con:
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • 27 Sep - Thur
  • Read through research project 2 and write down any questions you have
  • Look through the Defining Moments rental book for topics you are interested in. Write down at least 2 topics that interest you.
  • Begin working on revisions for research project 1 for lens 2, due Oct 9
  • 25 Sep - Tues
  • Reflection Faculty Interview
  • Bring the summer reading book to class with you.
  • 20 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection for Taking Sides class discussion on Should "Intelligent Design" be Taught in Schools?
  • 18 Sep - Tues
  • Bring your i-Clicker to class.
  • Discussion Questions: (To Turn In) Taking Sides: "Should Intelligent" Design be Taught in Schools? p. 16-33 [as chosen by the class survey]:
    1) What are the various academic fields or subjects that relate to the articles?
    2) What cause/effect relationships (or if... then... statements) were stated or implied by each author? [List them all]
    3) Research the credentials of each author and summarize what you found.
    4) For each side, list the most compelling argument(s).
  • 13 Sep - Thur
  • Set up an appointment for the faculty interview assignment [see 9/25]
  • Those with tickets to the Kruger Brothers, we'll meet outside Rosen Concert Hall at 7:40pm.
  • 11 Sep - Tues
  • Research Project 1: Summer Reading Data Collection is due
  • 6 Sep - Thur
  • Meet for convocation in Walker 308 between 8:45am and 9am. We will share some donuts/breakfast bars together, walk over and sit together. All first-year seminar students are required to attend - classes are cancelled until 12:30 for this purpose.
  • Assignment during convocation: Discussion Questions: (To Turn In at the start of class at 3:30) Take notes on the aspects of convocation that relate to science or mathematics and any aspects that are controversial.
  • 4 Sep - Tues
  • Reflection on class discussions related to either How we could tell that the earth is round or The Sixth Extinction. See guidelines for reflections
  • 30 Aug - Thur
  • Continue working on research project 1.
  • Bring the Sixth Extinction article to class.
  • If you didn't complete all the hw for Tuesday, be sure to do so
  • 28 Aug - Tues
  • Read research project 1 and begin working on it [due Sep 11] and write down any questions you have.
  • Obtain the two course books Taking Sides, 10th edition for purchase and Defining Moments for rental and the i-clicker for rental, all from the bookstore.
  • Bring the i-clicker to all classes.
  • Bring the Sixth Extinction article to class.
  • If you did not complete the ASULearn surveys on Taking Sides and Performing Arts - from day 1 of class - then complete them.
  • Go to ASULearn and add a picture of yourself [click on participants, then your name, then edit profile.]
  • 23 Aug- Thur
  • Read through the online syllabus - search google for Dr. Sarah, click on my page, and click on the First Year Seminar link and then the Syllabus link. Prepare to share something you read in the Our First Year Seminar (FYS) section, and write down any questions you have on the grading policies - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
  • Go to ASULearn and add a picture of yourself [click on participants, then your name, then edit profile.]