November 8, 2013

"Oryx and Crake" Reading Assignments

Here are the chapter equivalents for our weekly assigned reading for Oryx and Crake:

Week 11: Read Ch 1-4
Week 12: Read Ch 5-7
Week 13: Read Ch 8-11
Week 14: Read Ch 12-15

October 17, 2013

Resume and Cover Letter

Here are the notes used in class today.

Also, there was a story on National Public Radio that included tips about creating an effective resume in today's job market. I suggest listening to it before creating your resume for our class:

October 14, 2013

"Cat's Cradle" Reading Assignments

Here are the chapter equivalents for our weekly assigned reading for Cat's Cradle:

Week 7: Read Ch 1-43
Week 8: Read Ch 44-86
Week 9: Read Ch 87-127

September 12, 2013

Scientific Presentation Grading Scheme

Evaluation Criteria (100 points possible):

Presentation turned in to professor by 10 am on presentation day - 10 points
Organization of presentation - 15 points
Clarity of presentation to audience of peers - 25 points
Scientific explanation - 25 points
Source citations - 10 points
Answering questions after presentation - 15 points

September 5, 2013

Scientific Presentation Days

Below you will find the list of who is presenting and leading book discussion on particular class meeting dates:

09/19/2013 - "Conditioned breeding/eugenics" - Bruno
09/26/2013 - "Hallucinogens" - Grant
09/26/2013 - "Reproductive technology" - Kelly
10/03/2013 - "Sleep learning" - Reade
10/17/2013 - "Atomic bomb" - Nicolai
10/31/2013 - "Elemental isotopes/allotropes - Tianchen
11/14/2013 - "Genetic engineering" - Steph
11/21/2013 - "Transgenic animals" - Charlie
11/21/2013 - "Xenotransplantation" - Aly
12/05/2013 - "Hot bioforms/pandemics/biological weapons" - Teresa
12/05/2013 - "Global Climate Change" - Kelsie

If you are presenting on the same day as a classmate, please feel free to prepare your literature discussion questions together.

"Brave New World" Reading Assignments

Here are the chapter equivalents for our weekly assigned reading for Brave New World:

Week 2: Read Ch 1-4
Week 3: Read Ch 5-8
Week 4: Read Ch 9-13
Week 5: Read Ch 14-18

August 29, 2013

Welcome to your freshman seminar!

This blog will be used for course assignments and discussion throughout the Fall 2013 semester.

Please post a few sentence description of yourself with the following information as a comment to this post:

1. name
2. hometown
3. major or majors under consideration
4. hobbies
5. Why are you taking this freshman seminar?

These posts will allow us to get to know eachother.

When you post a comment on our class blog, it may not show up right away - don't worry, I just have to discriminate between real entries and spam.

Course Syllabus

Download the Fall 2013 syllabus.

Reading Assignment for First Class Meeting

Before coming to class on September 5th, please post a comment to the "Welcome to your freshman seminar!" entry above and please read the short story "Thanasphere" at We will discuss this short story as a group during our first class meeting.