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Presentation Line-up and other info

 

On Thursday, we will meet at Hubbard Hall Room 304 for presentations by the project leaders.  Each team will have a 30-minute slot for their presentation with 10 minutes for set-up and transition.  Some outside guests have been invited to hear your results, so now if your time to shine!  The presentation line-up will be as follows:

9:00-11:15  Course summary

11:20  Dragonfly Territoriality Research

12:00  Ninnescah River Fish Research 

12:40  Forensic Insects Research

1:20    Frogs and Chytrid Research

2:00   Last good-byes!

Please have a copy of your powerpoint on a thumb-drive and have it ready to give to me at the beginning of class.  Excel files of your data can also be provided at this time (these may be in your powerpoint).  Original data (copies/images) should also be included. These data are essential in repeating your research. 

Note that the information for evaluating your presentations has been posted on Blackboard (called “August 1 Presentation Evaluation”).  The largest hurdle for many of you will be determining your hypothesis(es) and how you will test/analyze this hypothesis(es) based on the data that you have gathered.  Links to some info on statistics that you may need are available on Blackboard under “Resources”. A good example presentation can be found under “Resources”. 

Congratulations!  Based on the positive chytrid results that you gathered this summer (as well as the data from last summer), the WSU media specialists are interested in developing a story!  They may ask for a field event that would be open to the media where we would collect additional data (possibly at Chisholm Creek Nature Center).  They may come the class presentations and learn more.  Or, they may ask to talk with a group of you.  Because of the importance of interactions with science and the media, we will spend a brief time discussing interactions with the media on Thursday morning in class.  If you wish to participate in the media coverage, you must consider that the media is seeking news “sound-bites”.  Think about fact-based answers to the key questions that media will ask: who, what, where, when, how, and why.  You must have the answers to these key questions prepared before convening with the media.  In preparation of your discussions with the media, review the following article on Blackboard (Resources: Communicating Science to the Public) and the following URLS at the Science Media Center (these are food for thought): 
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/working-with-us/for-scientists
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/working-with-us/for-journalists/fact-s...
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/working-with-us/for-journalists/briefi...
Also review the URL at the US Department of Health and Human Services:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/media_policy.html

I look forward to hearing about your findings and results on Thursday!

See you tomorrow, rain or shine, at the Ninnescah Biological Station. 

Mary Liz

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