How do scientists work?
Monday January 5, 2009
Winter term syllabus
Best Parts of Class.
Things Prof. Sheard could do better.
Things I could do to improve.
The organization of Science
The Scientific Method
Stokes Matrix explained by Corliss Baldwin
Science and Society
The Social Contract
Read and discuss Science's New Social Contract With Society (Nature, 402, C-81)
Explore the NSF short paragraph assignment
Vannever Bush, architect of the post WWII social contract with science, also
wrote an interesting prophetic paper As We May Think.
Read it, and fill in and return the reading guide.
Wednesday January 7, 2009
Read As We May Think and turn in the reading guide.
Turn in the Explore the NSF short paragraphs from mentor session.
Discuss the prophetic properties of As We May Think.
Scientific Method Activity - Dice Experiment
Creating a scatter-plot in Excell.
How the NSF works.
call for proposals
proposal submission process
What does a proposal look like?
Executing a grant (a typical budget)
Week 1 review questions
Excell Spread sheets
Read Vannevar Bush's other paper Science The Endless Frontier
Hand in the worksheet on Monday, Jan 12, 2009.
Monday January 12, 2009
Endless Frontier worksheet due today.
What is Science?
4 and 5 Die results from mentor session
Computing expected results
The structure of DNA
Read Watson and Crick's original paper. One page
DNA sequencing tutorial. Answer the questions.
For another view see the Nova animation. Play the "Sequence Yourself" animation
Read Why genetic engineering is advantageous for humankind
turn in the worksheet
Wednesday January 14, 2009
Turn in the worksheet for Why genetic engineering is advantageous for humankind.
You can now sign up for appointments at the Writing Center.
There are also drop-in hours at the Library (second floor) every weekday from 9 - 1.
and daily drop-in hours every weekday afternoon at the Writing Center (Cramer Hall, Room 188).
Be sure you have the book Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Discuss Why genetic engineering is advantageous for humankind.
What is Genetic Engineering.
Small group writing activity.
Read The Myths of Agricultural Biotechnology: some ethical questions.
Break into small goups of 4. As a group write a paragraph comparing
one section of Why genetic engineering is advantageous for humankind
with The Myths of Agricultural Biotechnology: some ethical questions.
The goal is to wordsmith a well constructed argument, that is
grammatical and interesting. Put everyones name on it.
Use a word processor, and email it to professor Sheard in Mentor session.
Week 2 review questions
Compute the odds of winning at Craps.
Read Genetic Engineering: The Future of Foods?. To be used in class Jan 26.
Begin reading Oryx and Crake, Chapters 1-4, pages 3 - 92. Due Wed. Jan 21.
Monday January 19, 2009
Martin Luther King Holiday
PSU is closed
Be sure and get started on Chapters 1-4 of Oryx and Crake.
Wednesday January 21, 2009
Oryx and Crake, Chapters 1-4, pages 3 - 92. To be used in mentor session.
Guest Lecture by Grace Dillion
Mentor Session CANCELLED
Read Synthetic Life:, By W. Wayt Gibbs, Scientific American, April 26, 2004.
Read Chapters 5-7, Oryx and Crake, pages 95-169.
Monday January 26, 2009
Know material from Genetic Engineering: The Future of Foods? for in class activity.
Discuss Class Mentor situation
Build an outline of the positions of the FDA.
Read 13 Myths about Genetic Engineering.
How to write a paragraph.
Write a paragraph or two in small groups.
Read Chapters 8-11, Oryx and Crake, pages 173-280
Oryx and Crake
Wednesday January 28, 2009
Due Today: Chapters 8-11 of Oryx and Crake.
Are you interested in any of the following?
* Priority class registration for the next term
* In depth academic advising
* Scholarship, employment, and internship referrals and assistance
* Quiet study area, student lounge, and computer lab just for students in the program
* Laptop loaner program
Learn more about PSU's Student Support Services/Educational Opportunity Program and see if you are eligible.
Review small group paragraphs.
Free write on Oryx and Crake.
Continue with "Oryx and Crake" Free write
Finish Reading Oryx and Crake, Chapters 12-15, pages 283-374
Monday February 2, 2009
Free write due in class. 3 parts.
Discuss Free-write Back Stories
Go-over the 5 part Research Paper assignment
Read two reviews of Oryx and Crake.
New Historicism assignment Due Wednesday Feb. 4.
Wednesday February 4, 2009
Oryx and Crake review Mentor session worksheet emailed to Prof. Sheard by 11:00 am today.
New Historicism assignment Due. Bring to class.
Discuss New Historicism examples
Discuss Oryx and Crake reviews
Ethical Principles from chapter 3 of Business Ethics by Joseph Weiss.
Etical decisions in Oryx and Crake group activity
Discussion of Oryx and Crake
Research Paper. Part 1 due Monday Feb 9.
Read chapter 3 of Business Ethics by Joseph Weiss.
Ethics and Social Responsibilty
Monday February 9, 2009
Research Paper. Part 1 due today. Give to Bridger in Mentor Session.
Chapter 3 of Business Ethics should be read by today.
Read What Is Ethics? by by Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer.
Read Who Owns Genetic Material
The Case Study as a Research Method
Making an Ethical Decision
Stake holder analysis
Identify ethical principles guiding stake holders.
Identifiy natural affinities.
Brain storm win-win scenarios.
Are there related issues?
What other questions should we ask?
Resource Search Lab
Give Research Paper. Part 1 to Bridger.
Research Paper Annotated Bibliography Due Wed. Feb 11, 2009.
Wednesday February 11, 2009
Research Paper. Part 2 due today
A HREF="http://cs.pdx.edu/~sheard/course/CyberMil/Doc/NAFilmFestivalFeastPSU.pdf">Native American Film Festival, Monday Feb. 16, 2009
Group Case Studies
Finish case study worksheet and prepare groupm presentation for Monday Feb. 16, 2009
Monday February 16, 2009
case study worksheet and group presentation
Case study presentations
Science and Ethics
Stanley Milgram and the Obedience Experiment
Milgram's The Perils of Obedience
ABC News Reenactment
A PSU UNST student's perspective.
Dark History of Medical Experimentation
Top 10 Evil Experiments
Human Experiments Review Boards
Ethical Principles (Medical,theories)
Milgram Experiment Activity
Judgement at Nurenburg
Research Paper. Part 3 due Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Read the following short articles about equal opportunity in the Computer Science Field
Women Undergraduate Enrollment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
Diversity Plan University of Southern Maine
NY Times Article. Nov. 15, 2008
Fill in the worksheet for Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009.
Equal Opportunity in the Sciences
Wednesday February 18, 2009
Research Paper. Part 3 due today
Women in Computer Science Worksheet due today.
Equal opportunity in the sciences. Many Eyes visualization
Discuss the Women in Computer Science Worksheet
Read and discuss Women in Computing, by Philip Greenspun.
Using Excell to Visualize Data
Read an excert from "Unlocking the Clubhouse" available as a free preview on google books.
read pages 15-32 (Some pages are missing, don't worry, just read what you can).
Then read a book review of the book.
Then read a short follow up story of what happened at Carnegie Melln University
Write a single paragraph. Due Monday Feb 23, 2009
Come to class prepared to discuss what you read.
Monday February 23, 2009
Single paragraph. Due today
The winter term Advising Day will take place in the lounge in front of
FRINQ labs (first floor Cramer Hall) on Wednesday, February 25th, from 10am-2pm.
Good paragraphs: one, two, three.
Nova interview transcript of Dr. Lynne Osman Elkin
Book review of "Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA"
Short decription from WGBH
Venture Mind blog about Watson and Franklin
Watch the video The Secret of Photo 451
A tour of data sources on the web.
Read about how to make graphs from "Seeing Through Statistics" by Jesica Utts.
Create a graph from data. Due Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday February 25, 2009
Research Paper. Part 4 due today
Sign up for individual meetings about rough drafts.
Notes from Women in Science: An Exploration of Barriers
The comments say more than the article
Read The Freedom to Say No, The Boston Globe
Work on graph from data assignment.
Monday March 2, 2009
The graph from data is due today
Notes on Luddites, Neo-Ludism, and Technophobia
Read Luddism and its Discontents (by Paul Lindholt) - A book review of "Rebels Against the Future" (by Kirkpatrick Sale)
Links to Dystopian views of Technology
Luddite cartoon search. Results.
graphing data with multiple variables intro
Multiple variable graphs. Due Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday March 4, 2009
Research Paper. Part 5, Final Draft due today
View and discuss results of the Luddite cartoon search.
Discussion from Rebels Against the Future
Unabombers effect on the internet
Unabombers Letter to David Galernter
Bombers effects on victim many years later.
Getting started on group project
Creating graphs with multiple variables
Group grading policy
Group evaluation form
List of final project groups
Group activity log.
Final Group Project. Due Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday March 9, 2009
Multiple variable graphs. Due today.
How to give a talk
Sample 10 minute powerpoint presentation
Final group project organization time.
Creating powerpoint slides
Using gradng rubrics
Using the practice presentation room at the library.
Wednesday March 11, 2009
Thinking like a computer. Guest activity led by Lois DelCambre and Cindy Brown.
A link to Lois's Computer Science for Beginners class
Mid-Year evaluation forms
What to turn in for the final project
Thursday March 19, 2009
Final Exam Block: 12:30-14:20
Final Group Project powerpoint presentations.
Ethical Utilitarianism (group 1)
Ethical Relativism (group 2)
Justice based ethics (group 3)
Rights based ethics (group 4)
Ethical Universalism (group 5)
Ethical Egoism (group 6)
Be sure and bring the bound final project report to class.
Don't forget to answer the group evaluation survey. It is part of your grade.
Next term book: The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil.
End of Term Celebration.