Dr. Sarah's UCO 1200 First Year Seminar Fall 2017
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 Mon 12:30-1:45, Tues/Thur 12-1:45 and on ASULearn Forums & Zoom Conferencing Wednesday 1/17 at 8pm
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies
  • Class highlights overview of what we covered, including clicker questions
  • Jump down to tomorrow's homework which is located above the red lines
    Date     WORK DUE at the beginning of class unless otherwise listed.
    12 Dec - Tues
  • Research Project 2: Unsolved Question. 11-1:30 is our assigned time during finals.
    library guide for our section, focused research for project 2
  • Reflection: University Sponsored Activities
  • As of Tuesday morning, the university sent out an email that they are operating under normal conditions. If the university holds classes then we will meet at 11 as scheduled. However, if they cancel, then we will try to replicate aspects of the session as follows. Please note that you should follow the latest messages from the university--I could be incommunicado, like while I am driving in, during an announcement. I'll post any updates, if any are needed, as I'm able.
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    8 Dec - Fri
  • If you didn't complete this already, then look for an email from Kristin Hyle, hylekm@appstate.edu with the subject line First Year Seminar Course Evaluation and fill out that evaluation.
  • 5 Dec - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment is to list the unsolved question on ASULearn. Continue working on Research Project 2 and the University Sponsored Activities reflection. Bring a laptop, tablet, phone, or similar, that you could connect to the internet to do research.
  • 30 Nov - Thur
  • Meet in 205. Choose an unsolved question for Research Project 2 and begin working on the project components
  • 28 Nov - Tues
  • Complete Module 4: Learning the Value of Information and 5: Final Graded Test of the FYS Online Library Component (three activities and a practice quiz and a final graded test)
  • 21 Nov - Tues
  • Reflection: Is Gene-Editing of Human Embryos Coming Soon? (topic chosen by class) OR Placebos
  • Bring a laptop, tablet, phone, or similar, that you could connect to the internet to do research.
  • 16 Nov - Thur
  • Complete Module 3: Understanding Credibility and Authority of the FYS Online Library Component (three activities and a practice quiz)
  • 14 Nov - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment on Is Gene-Editing of Human Embryos Coming Soon?
  • 9 Nov - Thur
  • Homework Question Assignment on Games Research
  • 7 Nov - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment on Placebos
  • 2 Nov - Thur
  • Research Project 1 revisions due. t-shirt Thursdays
  • 31 Oct - Tues
  • Reflection: Should Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Be Released into the Environment to Fight Disease? (topic chosen by class). Costumes are welcome.
  • 26 Oct - Thur
  • Begin working on Project 1 revisions and Reflection 5 due next week. t-shirt Thursdays
  • 24 Oct - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment on Taking Sides Should Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Be Released into the Environment to Fight Disease?
  • 19 Oct - Thur
  • Presentations will continue.
    Abby, Annette, Bridgette, Emily, Maggie, Tommy, Ryan, Sophia + one from each group (Andrew/Sydney, Hayden/Jamie, Mike/Miles)
    Begin working on Reflection 7 due at the end of the semester on university sponsored activities. t-shirt Thursdays
  • 17 Oct - Tues
  • Research Project 1: On the Shoulders of Giants
    Alan, Alex, Annessa, Kayleigh, Nick, Spenser, Taylor + one from each group (Andrew/Sydney, Hayden/Jamie, Mike/Miles) are presenting while the rest of the class completes peer review.
    library guide for our section
  • 10 Oct - Tues
  • Continue working on Research Project 1. Bring a laptop, tablet, phone, or similar, that you could connect to the internet to do research. Bring any work on Project 1 with you (electronic copy is fine).
  • Oct 4-8
  • Radium Girls at the Valborg Theater, which can count as part of the University Sponsored Activities Reflection due 12/12
    Wed at 7: Maggie, Mike, Miles, Spenser, Tommy, Tyler
    Thur at 7: Andrew, Bridgette, Emily, Jamie, Dr. Sarah, Sydney
    Fri at 7: Abby, Alex, Annessa, Hayden, Nick, Ryan
    Sun at 2: Alan, Kayleigh, Sophia
  • 5 Oct - Thur
  • Complete Module 2: Finding, Locating, and Retrieving Information Sources of the FYS Online Library Component (three activities and a practice quiz)
  • Choose a topic for Research Project 1
  • Meet in 205 for class. t-shirt Thursdays
  • 3 Oct - Tues
  • Complete Module 1: Exploring Library Research of the FYS Online Library Component (three activities and a practice quiz--it is in the library "course" accessible through ASULearn's dashboard)
  • 28 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection: Can Science Be Trusted Without Government Regulation? (topic chosen by class). t-shirt Thursday
  • 26 Sep - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment on Taking Sides Can Science Be Trusted Without Government Regulation?
  • Some of you are having some difficulties with revisions on Reflection 2, and I want to help you succeed, so I'll allow another revision on it.
  • 21 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection: Faculty Interview. t-shirt Thursday
  • 19 Sep - Tues
  • Reflection 2 revision.
  • 14 Sep - Thur
  • Homework Question Assignment on a current article about science or mathematics. t-shirt Thursday
  • 12 Sep - Tues
  • Reflection: Taking Sides Will the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Ever Succeed? (topic chosen by class)
  • 7 Sep - Thur
  • Reflection 1 revision. Bring a laptop, tablet, phone, or similar, that you could connect to the internet to do research. t-shirt Thursday
  • 5 Sep - Tues
  • Homework Question Assignment on Taking Sides Will the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Ever Succeed?
  • 31 Aug - Thur
  • Reflection: (choose one) One Amazing Thing or How we could tell that the earth is round or The Sixth Extinction, or Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
  • t-shirt Thursday
  • 29 Aug - Tues
  • Obtain the rental book TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Science, Technology, and Society
  • You'll have some time during part of class on the 24th to work on the following. Finish up whatever you didn't complete then:
    1. 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
    2. If there is anything that I should know about you so that I can best meet your needs as a student/understand you better, please send that to me in the private forum.
    3. Read through the online syllabus - Google Dr. Sarah... Write down any questions you have - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
    4. Listen to Mark McDaniel discuss Five Things You Should Know About Studying from Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
    5. Homework Question Assignment on Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, the syllabus, and on your interest in Taking Sides and the performance of Radium Girls, due by 10:30am.
    6. Add a picture of yourself on ASULearn (click on your name, Edit profile) so that it is easier to get to know each other.
  • 24 Aug- Thur
  • Homework Question Assignment on the Common Reading Book One Amazing Thing due by 10:30am on ASULearn (questions).
  • t-shirt Thursdays: One of the ways we can make connections with each other is by revealing interests in what we wear, so make an effort, if possible, to wear a t-shirt, cap or other item each Thur.
  • 22 Aug- Tues
  • First Day of Class. Begin working on hw for Thursday, which includes reading the Common Reading Book One Amazing Thing, if you haven't already.