Dr. Sarah's UCO 1200 First Year Seminar Tentative Calendar - Fall 2014
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 the ASULearn Forum, as I usually check the posts daily, even on weekends.
  • 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
    9 Dec - Tues
  • Research Project 3: Unsolved Question. 12-2:30 is our assigned time during finals.
    Lisa Abbott's library guide
  • Reflection: University Sponsored Activities
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    4 Dec - Thur
  • Continue working on Research Project 3 and the University Sponsored Reflection that is due on 12/9 and write down any questions you have
  • 2 Dec - Tues
  • Reflection on Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe to Eat?
  • 25 Nov - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on fourth Taking Sides reading: Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe to Eat?
  • 20 Nov - Thur
  • Meet in the basement of the library room 024 for research.
  • Continue working on Research Project 3
  • 18 Nov - Tues
  • Discussion Questions for Research Project 3
  • 13 Nov - Thur
  • Discussion Questions for Science/Math in the Media
  • 11 Nov - Tues
  • Discussion Questions for Placebos
  • If you have a laptop with Microsoft Excel on it, please bring it to class
  • LA Theatre Works: In the heat of the night begins at 8:00 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
  • 6 Nov - Thur
  • Discussion Question for Additional Games Research
  • 4 Nov - Tues
  • Revisions for Research Project 2 are due. Be sure to turn in your original project too.
  • 30 Oct - Thur
  • Reflection on Is There Sufficient Scientific Evidence to Conclude That Cell Phones Cause Cancer?
  • 28 Oct - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on third Taking Sides reading: Is There Sufficient Scientific Evidence to Conclude That Cell Phones Cause Cancer?
  • Bring your i-clicker to class
  • 23 Oct - Thur
  • You may begin revising Research Project 2 [revision is due Nov 4], even if you haven't presented yet. Begin thinking about what you would like to change or improve upon.
  • Bring printed copies of your work (and annotated bibliography) to turn in (and tape up if you are in session 2).
  • 21 Oct - Tues
  • Research Project 2: On the Shoulders of Giants
    Lisa Abbott's library guide
    Bring printed copies of your work (and annotated bibliography) to tape up (I'll bring the tape).
  • 14 Oct - Tues
  • Continue working on Research Project 2. I'll post a message on ASULearn with some suggestions for you by Monday.
  • 9 Oct - Thur
  • Meet in the basement of the library room 024 for research.
  • Discussion Questions on Library Research
  • 7 Oct - Tues
  • Revisions for Research Project 1 are due (lens 1 research notes and analysis). Be sure to turn in your original project too.
  • Skim through the Defining Moments rental book for topics you are interested in. Write down at least 2 topics that interest you.
  • If you did not complete this during class, then read through Research Project 2 and write down any questions you have.
  • 2 Oct - Thur
  • Reflection on Will the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Ever Succeed?
  • 1 Oct - Wed
  • Holmes: The Art of Deduction begins at 7:30 at the Valborg Theatre - [Allen, Amanda, Ashlyn, Emma J, Haley, Hannah, Ian, Katherine, Lindsey, Morgan, Tyler S, Zack]
  • 30 Sep - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on second Taking Sides reading: Will the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Ever Succeed?
  • 25 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection on Faculty Interview
  • 23 Sep - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on Myers-Briggs types of experiments
  • Work on revisions for Research Project 1 and work on the Faculty Interview
  • 18 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection on Do We Have a Population Problem?
  • Bring Clapton's Guitar to class with you
  • 16 Sep - Tues
  • Set up an appointment for the faculty interview assignment [see 9/25]
  • Discussion Questions on first Taking Sides reading: Do We Have a Population Problem?
  • 11 Sep - Thur
  • Research Project 1: Common Reading Data Collection is due
  • 9 Sep - Tues
  • Discussion Questions on Convocation (due at the start of class)
  • Continue working on Research Project 1
  • 4 Sep - Thur
  • Meet for convocation in Walker 308 between 8:45am and 9am. We will share some donuts/breakfast bars together, then walk over and sit together. All first-year seminar students are required to attend - classes are cancelled until 12:00 for this purpose.
  • Assignment during convocation
  • 2 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
  • 28 Aug - Thur
  • Go to ASULearn and send the class a posting in the whole class discussion forum: what you would like to be called (your nickname / first name); your major; any additional academic concentrations/minors; what you might like to do as a career; your non-academic interests and hobbies; anything else you want the class to know; and (optional) your phone number
  • Continue working on research project 1
  • 26 Aug - Tues
  • Obtain the two course books Taking Sides, 10th edition expanded for purchase and Defining Moments for rental and the i-clicker for rental, all from the bookstore. Ask for managers Pam Walker or Patty Rodeheffer if there is any confusion.
  • Bring the i-clicker to all classes and the Sixth Extinction article today.
  • Go to ASULearn and add a picture of yourself to your profile.
  • Continue working on research project 1
  • If you did not complete the ASULearn surveys on Taking Sides and Performing Arts - from day 1 of class - then complete them.
  • 21 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 and write down any questions you have - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
  • Read research project 1 and begin working on it [due Sep 11] and write down any questions you have.
  • 19 Aug- Tues
  • First Day of Class. Bring your calendar.