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7.02 SciComm Meeting 3: Illustrations SciComm Agenda--Meeting 3 1. Oral presentations on “The Science of Scientific Writing” 2. Choosing best first lines from LTP Introductions 3. LTP Intro tips and guidelines 4. Article critique guidelines and examples 5. Peer feedback on LTP Methods Respond to the person who posted his/her LTP Methods AFTER yours. Response should be as an attached file. 1
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The importance of first lines • Snafus: “This allows . . . ” From To • Essentials: – Establish context, provide justification, and narrow the focus. Some Comments on Introductions A “naked” this: “The reason for this is that . . .” or “Data is” should be “Data are. . . ” “There is a [noun] called . . .”: : There is a method for measuring achievement that is known as testing. : A method for measuring achievement is known as testing. Comments on Introductions, cont. If you chose Studying Your Learning in 7.02/10.702 for LTP: Context : What is the story of your interest in biology? What is your background as a learner? Justification : How does 7.02 /10.702 fit into the bigger picture? What’s the justification for studying your learning in 7.02/10.702? What do you hope to get out of this project and out of 7.02 /10.702 itself? Focus : What will your learning in 7.02 /10.702 look like and how will you know when it has occurred? 2
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Comments on Introductions, cont. If you chose Mendel or Avery for LTP: Context for Mendel : What have other scientists shown or theorized about inherited traits? Where does Mendel’s work fit into that literature? What is the conversation that Mendel was trying to join? Context for Avery : What is the research background for what Avery attempted to do? What competing theories was Avery trying to prove or disprove? Justification : Why is this work important? What could it lead to? Why should the reader care? Focus : What is most important about this work and its methods that needs to be described in the introduction (hint for Mendel: choice of model)? The Logistics of Revision You can revise the work due in order to improve your grade. Revision of your LTP Intro is due by the next off week, March 17 by 5 p.m. Email revisions to me as an attached file . You don’t need to include first drafts--I have copies on my computer. 3
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Condense large amounts of information Convince readers of your findings (by showing data quality).
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