Natural Systems-Fall 2002
Discovery "Lab Teaching Packet" Menu
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These are the "Lab Teaching Packet" Postings for Natural Systems
1, Fall '02. Please feel free to browse...
You can Input Your "Lab Teaching Packet" and then review feedback on this page.
Peer Review is a fundamental component of doing science.To help make your
projects more scientifically sound, you are being called upon
to put forward your ideas, proposals, lab packets and final report
as well as provide feedback to your peers.
Remember: Look at the outline below for details on the specifics to be included in your "lab packet."
Make sure it is complete! Turn in a "hard copy" in addition to
your WWW submission.
The Lab Teaching Packet Format
Each "Lab Packet" should be a minimum of 5 pages long, plus references, research time-line, and data sheets. Your lab packet
submission should be complete the first time you submit it, but
be prepared for feedback from your peers, tutors and faculty which
will result in further revision.
Title (with all authors)
Abstract About a paragraph or two in length--a brief synopsis of your study.
Include your research question(s), relevance, and a short statement of your findings.
- Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your hypothesis(es)?
- How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your
- What do you plan to accomplish?
- Relevance, if any. Why is this research interesting?
2. Relevance of your research question
- Literature Review--What have others done?
- How does your research relate to a larger question(s)? What contribution
will your project hopefully be able to make to the broader base
of human knowledge?
3. Materials and Methods
- What is your experimental design? Is it statistically sound? What
are the reasons behind the different parts of your experimental
design? Why are or aren't you doing certain things?
- Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know?
Did you ask for advice?
- How will you ensure unbiased results?
- How will you ensure that the data collected by the class can be
trusted? Will you show adequately demonstrate your data collection
methods and the importance of consistency?
- Describe important materials and how they will be used.
- Describe other methods. How will you involve the class in your
study? Be specific! Will the class be asked to process data? How?
- Have you included a Data Sheet?
- Include a specific timeline (your own and the class!) of research execution.
4. Results (To be included in your final report)
- Observations. Do you have preliminary results from work done to
date? Include these initial results in this report.
- Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics
will be of use to you? Why?
- How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think
long and hard about this!
- Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures
(graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.
5. Discussion & Conclusions (For your final report!)
- Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis
of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
- Think beyond the project. How does your work fit in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
- What suggestions do you have for further investigation?
6. Literature Cited
- Be sure to include an impressive suite of literature citations
that directly relate to your study. This literature must include
citations from the peer reviewed journals. World Wide Web citations
are of secondary importance!
Natural Systems Lab Teaching Packet Submissions:
- Lab Packet--Deep Impact: Meteoric Effects on the Lunar Surface (10/25/02) [ Researcher: Charlotte Bornhorst, Robyn MacConnell, Sara Robinson, Kate Weiland-Section: Cummins ]
- What are we standing on?: th Glacial explaination (10/30/02) [ Researcher: Yarden, Jason, and Austin-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Boys Have Cooties... Or Do They? (10/24/02) [ Researcher: Michelle Pfaltzgraff, Laura Jones, Sydney Davis -Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Lab Packet #2 - Bathroom Bacteria (10/22/02) [ Researcher: Chris Jones, Michelle Cisar, James Diewald, & Paul Georgeadis-Section: Cummins ]
- Bird Feeding/ Watching (10/20/02) [ Researcher: Charlie Veneklase, Alyson Toone, David Garber-Section: Nicholson ]
- Rock Study (10/18/02) [ Researcher: Amanda Checco, Hannah Farrin, Owen Burke, Cameron Vail-Section: Cummins ]
- The Effect of Environmental Stress on Vulnerable Streams (10/18/02) [ Researcher: Elizabeth Nellums, Craig Riffle, Mark Momper, Jesse Murphy-Section: Cummins ]
- Final: Temperature Spotting -- Sunspots & Climate (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Greene, Rob; Evenson, Grey; Dudley, Alex.-Section: Nicholson ]
- DIRTY WATER??!! (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Matt Shepherd, Erin Woedl, Nick Stanley, Sean Park-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- (10/17/02) [ Researcher: -Section: Cummins ]
- FINAL: THE QUALITY OF DRINKING WATER IN MIAMI UNIVERSITY DORMS (10/17/02) [ Researcher: AUSTIN, ADAM, MATT-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Body Bacteria Draft2 (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Joshua Catone, Mike Bade, Kendal Robinson, Rob Magorien-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Final???The Effects of Draught on Two Species of Trees on Western Campus (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Jeremy Faulkner, Dave Wellspring, Raseem Parker, Kim Garvey-Section: Nicholson ]
- Draft 1: Lab Packet - The Effects of Acid Rain on Plant Growth (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Jessica, Amy, Susan & Tya-Section: Cummins ]
- Lab Packet: Phosphate and Nitrate Levels in Pfeffer Park Stream (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Luke Barber, Adam Beneke, Brian Breedlove-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Draft #1 Bats in Peabody Hall (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Nicole Boyer, Nicole Brown, Megan Gilligan, Michael Hadgis, Christina Synowiec, Tara Wallach-Section: Nicholson ]
- Draft 3,The Dangers of the West Nile Virus in Ohio and on Western Campus (10/17/02) [ Researcher: Whitney Shuttleworth, Amber Ashe, Kyle Perry, Shaina Brock-Section: Nicholson ]
- Lab Packet (10/17/02) [ Researcher: eli, Mike, Mike, Alijandra, Shirley-Section: Cummins ]
- Living on the Edge: Trees of Western Woods (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Jessica Brown, Amy Barton, Elissa Masin, and Jill Greenwood-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- draft 2 - what are the rules of attraction? (10/16/02) [ Researcher: becca, dan, james, sarah-Section: Cummins ]
- Lab Packet 1- Ant Behavior (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Laura Broseke, Taryn Nye, Sai Yan Chu, Elizabeth Gerber-Section: Cummins ]
- Burning Questions (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Marta Galecki, Christina Leung, Nicholas Warndorff-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Draft 3: Pfeffer Park is Falling Down (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Sarah Sobel, Shannon Wilhelm, Austin Bunch, Brittany Converse-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Kat Byerly, Yosuke Kawai, BJ Bohr, Katie Hange, Chelsea Dorman-Section: Nicholson ]
- Bugs in the bathrooms of Peabody Lab Packet (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Michael Frederick, Amy Heeter, Ashley Gratz-Collier, Patrick Boothe, Doug Mazeffa-Section: Nicholson ]
- Draft 3: Varying Pollution through Human Influence (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Justin Katko, J.M. Downey, Jon Franz, Neil Sanders-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Draft 3: Bathroom Bacteria Battle (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Lauren Davis, Dan Pierce, Brad Price, Audrey Savin-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Draft 2 - Soil Wars (10/16/02) [ Researcher: Mark Cerny, Jenny Gallow, Kyle Gibson, Diana Maikut-Section: Cummins ]
- Acid Rain, Draft 4 (10/15/02) [ Researcher: Megan Smith, Alex White, Joe Riffe, David Marimon, Ariel Flowers-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
- Draft 1: Soil Wars (10/15/02) [ Researcher: Mark Cerny, Jenny Gallow, Kyle Gibson, Diana Maikut-Section: Cummins ]
- Lab Packet - The Comparative Pattern of Growth of the Jerusalem Artichoke (10/10/02) [ Researcher: Johanna Overton, Tony Pappas-Section: Negron-Ortiz ]
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