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Manuscript guideline observations

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:24

In order to become an author with this journal there are a few guidelines that must be followed. The first requirement is to register through their website and confirm said registration by email. The next step is to become acquainted with their “instructions for authors page” which includes a few different links. These links have information about things like conflicts of interest, and other norms associated with papers published in this journal.

In the “additional information for authors page” they specify that the title should include what drug was investigated, what type of people the drug was tested on, and the general design of the experiment.  

    The document also includes specifications, headings, key points, and acknowledgements. To aid new authors, examples of each section are also provided to increase the clarity of the guidelines.


Observations on Figures 14

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:56

Their are a few similarities and differences between these two figures on page 14. Both figures include two birds eye view pictures and one on the ground of roughly the same location, but the exact locations, zoom levels, and times of day appear to be the most obvious differences. The first figure's ground level picture is on a cloudy day and you can see the church, the library, and 3 fountains of the campus pond while the second figure's ground level picture is on a bright sunny day and only includes two fountains, the church and the library. Out of the two birds eye pictures of each figure, one shows a more developed metawampe lawn with grass and concrete ramps while the other picture of each figure has what seems to be just pathes of dirt in certain areas. Another similarity between the two birds eye pictures that i noticed is that th foliage around the campus pond between the two figures almost make the campus pond look like a different shape, like trees were added and they hide the real waterfront of the campus pond. Another difference between the two birds eye shots in each figure is that the one with more dirt patches also seems to include small buildings that are replaced with grass in the other shot.

One inference that I think can be made is that the two birds eye shots of each figure are to compare the before and after. Today the metawampe lawn and the other grass areas looks like they do right now while the other resembles what I would guess the areas looked like before development.


Observations VS Inferences In-class

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:58

It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish observations from inferences and other times they couldn't be farther apart. I can observe the fact that a person on the freeway might be driving a bright red Camero but I cannot infer that they usually drive over the speed limit unless I observe something else that could lead me to that conclusion. In these situations, the observation is more like a concrete fact or an accurate description while an inference is always a guess at what that observation could mean as it relates to previous observations.

Information on the Camellia

Submitted by mparkllan on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:44

Camellia Japonica is found in mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, and southern Japan. It can usually be found 980-3,610 feet above sea level. It usually grows from 4 to 19 feet tall but has been known to grow up to 36 ft. It usually flowers between January and March. When found it the wild the flowers of the Camellia tend to have six to seven white petals about 4 cm long, however red petaled variants can also be found. It is known as the “Common Camellia,” the “Japanese Camellia,” or the “Rose of Winter.” It is also the state flower of Alabama. This plant is usually found as a shrub, however proper pruning can help the Camellia to form a tree. Wild Camellias can live to be 100-200 years old.

New medical tools need to be understood.

Submitted by mparkllan on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:06

This procedure is so new that some patients feel mislead because they were under the impression that it was just as accurate as an amniocentesis. When the results from the test came back with some issues, they might think that the fetus is definitively unhealthy when that could just be the mother’s DNA interfering with the screening. Because of the rising popularity of this procedure, it is important for doctors to to familiarize both themselves and patients about this test. The companies that offer these new screenings are providing the information about their products and because there is a high demand, learning how to use the new tools is vital to providing the most accurate healthcare.

Perfect paragraph about a new blood test

Submitted by mparkllan on Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:28

Pregnant women now have access to a new blood test called “cell free fetal DNA testing” that can be used to screen the DNA of a fetus for chromosomal problems. Just like all medical practices, there are some advantages and disadvantages to this new procedure. The appeal of this blood test is that it is less invasive than an amniocentesis, which removes cells from a fetus using a needle and adds a small risk for miscarriage. The downside is that despite the increased convenience of this new method, a follow up amniocentesis can sometimes be recommended because it is still the most definitive diagnostic tool if a problem is found.

Exposition Narrative

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:30

Attending class includes a variety of preparation and engagement to do well. The least complicated aspect of doing well in a class is also the most obvious: Show up on time. Knowing what time the class starts, where it is, and how long it will take to get there sets me up for success every morning but what actually happens in the classroom is just as important. I sit down and listen to what the teacher is saying and i bring notebooks and pencils for writing down important concepts. I'm confused about something so I raise my hand and asked a question and make sure i understand the answer in my notes. Having a well prepared backpack with notebooks, textbooks, and writing utensils helps me keep up with the class.I also take sips of tea throughout to help myself stay awake throughout.

Structure of Scientific Literature Draft 1

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:42

The first paper titled: Origin matters: widely distributed native and non-native species benefit from different functional traits uses some generic headings such as introduction or materials and methods,. however it also uses some sub headings in larger sections to help organize its information. As an example the materials and methods section has a new heading whenever a new aspect of the study is being discussed, such as moving on from species selection, to what traits of that species will be looked at. Another thing that I noticed about this article is that the same sub heading will be used under two different main headings to explain how different aspects relate to each other throughout the paper.In the second paper titled: Non-native species and rates of spread: lessons from the brackish Baltic Sea there are fewer headings and far fewer subheadings used. Compared to paper 1 all the different aspects of the things being looked at are not separated by subject. While they both use headings to clarify what is being talked about, the second paper’s structure is harder to follow. One paper is more of an amalgamation of studies designed to talk about the effects of invasive species and the characteristics that lead to both their survival and the survival of native species and the other looks at the rates of invasive species in particular areas. Both papers are structured to discuss relevant information and then present their findings in organized ways.

Larva Observation (1/26/17)

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 21:20

It appeared seed like before it began to move. The "body" is about 1.25 cm long with approximately a .25 cm diameter. it also has a stringlike appendage at the tip of one end that is about 1.5 cm long. it is very soft and seems to have a  semi transparent dark brown membrane surrounding an inner lighter brown core. it moves around, squirming and stretching. the stringlike appendage seems to be stiffer an lacks any movement byeyond where it connects to the rest of the body. areas closer to the appendage and the opposite end appeear to be darker than the rest of the organism. there appears to be a bottom as there are 8 sets of tiny protrusions that act like tiny legs and it appears to facor moving around with them. as it strethes and squirms about there seems to be a red tube like organ within, only visible from certain angles. the tail like appendage seems to extend into the body about .5 cm and is visible due to the semi transparent light brown membrane. it moves about .25 cm per second, in a similar manner to a caterpillar or a worm. it always moves in one direction, opposite of te tail like appendage. Also similar to a caterpillar its body is wrinkled and appears segmented to help facilitate movement.

I cannot say how or what it feeds on or excretes, Nor do i know how aware of its enviroment it is or what sensory organs it has. I also cannot tell if it is larval or mature for its species, or how it might reproduce.


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