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Submitted by chengqian on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:53

 In this semester, I learned a lot about how to write in a formal way for a scientific article. In the first Methods Project, I experienced on making multi-panel scientific figures and writing a legend of a figure. This is the first time making a figure using my original photograph. It is a memorable project because this project made me notice the whole structure of a scientific figure for the first time. 

Reflection paragraph 1

Submitted by chengqian on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:52

 In this semester, I learned a lot about how to write in a formal way for scientific article. In the first Methods Project, I experienced on making multi-panel scientific figures and writing legend of a figure. This is my first time making a figure using my original photograph. It is a memorable project because this project made me notice the whole structure of a scientific figure for the first time. 

Reflection

Submitted by alexispena on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:00

            

            Over the course of the semester in Writing in Biology, we worked on four major projects: Methods, Proposal, Project, and Reflection. Each project connected to topics discussed in class, and prepared us for a career in the biological fields. The proposal project was very exciting and a little daunting in the beginning. When the project was explained, having the opportunity to design an experiment about anything surrounding planarians seemed like a big task. Doing the project in groups was extremely helpful, as well as the one on one meeting with Dr. Brewer to help work through the details of the proposal. Drafting the proposal went well and we had a lot of fun. Planarians were an interesting invertebrate to use, because I had never heard of them and they were really cute in their own interesting way. Learning about a new species and designing our own experiments was great, because it gave me an idea of what being in a science field could be like. 

Reflection

Submitted by alexispena on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:58

The proposal project was very exciting and a little daunting in the beginning. When the project was explained, having the opportunity to design an experiment about anything surrounding planarians seemed like a big task. Doing the project in groups was extremely helpful, as well as the one on one meeting with Dr. Brewer to help work through the details of the proposal. Drafting the proposal went well and we had a lot of fun. Planarians were an interesting invertebrate to use, because I had never heard of them and they were really cute in their own interesting way. Learning about a new species and designing our own experiments was great, because it gave me an idea of what being in a science field could be like. 

Swim Bladder

Submitted by eodonovan on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:59

The partial pressure (tension) of O2 in water and fish blood is the same (0.2 atm), however, the partial pressure of O2 in the swim bladder is much greater (at 500 m, 40 atm). Fish can secrete O2 in the swim bladder against a pressure gradient and keep it by a rete mirabile (“miracle net”). The tension of O2 in the venous capillaries leaving the bladder is equal  to the one in the bladder (high). O2 starts go away, but the arterial capillaries surrounding the venous capillaries catch the leaving O2 (arterial capillaries contain blood with a lower O2 tension going in the opposite direction; countercurrent exchange occurs). The arterial blood carries the O2 back to the swim bladder.

Proposal project reflection

Submitted by cberg on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:48

Having our project proposal selected as the class’s experiment presented our group with the challenge of making sure our experimental methods were straight forward and detailed enough to produce the intended outcome. Before being selected we believed that our methods were complete and well done. However, upon reviewing our paper with the knowledge that a class of students would be using the paper as a guideline for their experiment, we realized that many parts of the paper required adjustment. We had to edit the paper so that the experiment would be applicable to the exact number of groups who intended to participate in it. We also had to specify aspects of the written methods that were previously written in an ambiguous way. Looking back, I am glad that our proposal was selected because it gave our group the full experience of the project. Writing experimental methods with the knowledge that they will need to be easily followed and produced gave us the chance to see the challenges and requirements of writing real scientific papers. Had we not been selected, our proposal would have been submitted as its original version, and we would not have had this experience.  

 

 

 

proposal reflection

Submitted by jmazzola on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:39

The next project assigned to the class was called the PROPOSAL, a group effort which was essentially a written presentation of our idea for research on a species of flatworm, planarians. This project also helped me to solidify the idea of detail inclusion because a similar event happened where there were many more aspects that needed to be included in the project than I had originally thought going in. Specifically, for this project there were about six sections needed; an abstract, specific aims, background, research design, impact or significance and a references section. It made sense why each section would be required when submitting a proposal, but I had never seen what one was supposed to look like prior to this so I didn’t have high expectations of work when introduced to it. Overall however, I do believe this project was important to assign looking back, because science majors will most likely encounter a research proposal in the future whether they are the ones that must write it or not.

Strengths of the phantom limb study (perf)

Submitted by daniellam on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:47

The study for the phantom limb sites served a micro-niche of patients (amputated limb, phantom pain, willing participation), but the experimenters were able to find participants with amputated limbs that were willing to perform in the study. The study was opportunistic and the experimenters took advantage of the resources they had at the time. Using humans rather than animals served an advantage in the specificity of the data they obtained. The study was meant to not only lead to better knowledge of the thalamus, it also allowed them to pinpoint the source of the phantom limb pain and help the patients that had it.

Methods Rewrite

Submitted by alexispena on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 21:51

The original and replicate figures are different. The differences in the figures are a result of a non concise methods section. Three out of four of the images for the replicate figure were different. To ensure that they are the same, a more accurate description of the control factors:  time and flower species. The description of the time of day was accurate, but the season was not taken into account. When the photos for the original figure was taken, it was still relatively warm. The eastern carpenter bee would not survive a frost, and therefore the pictures would need to be taken before then. The description of time to create a more accurate figure includes a time frame the photograph needs to be taken in as well as the time of day.  

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