David B. Fankhauser, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Chemistry
U.C. Clermont College
Batavia OH 45103
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|STUDENTS: To see if your card has been "published," click
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To read the sidewise cards, go to the table below .
Newsnotes are biological “current events” in which you summarize an interesting, significant article you have recently read outside of the assigned class readings. They are worth at least 5 points if correctly submitted, and are due several times each quarter. (See the syllabus for due dates.)
APPROPRIATE TOPICS for a newsnote may be drawn from a wide rangeof topics: ecology, energy impact, lifestyle, nutrition, medicine, disease prevention, etc. Pick a topic which is likely to affect you and/or your classmates directly.
SOURCES could include reputable newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, books, etc. Be sure to accurately spell scientific terms and numerical data. If you use a web source, be certain to include the entire and correct URL. In the event of duplicate topics, preference will be given to newsnotes from printed sources.
FORMAT FOR NEWSNOTES: Submit your newsnote on a single 3x5 index card in the exact format shown in the illustration to the left.* It should be typed on one side only. Use a type font large enough to be easily legible (at least 10 point). I suggest that you type it up on a computer after first setting up the correct dimensions (2.8 x 4.8 inches). Print out the finished text, trim it down and paste it onto a 3x5 card. Vertical orientation of the card occasionally favors publishing (see the attached sample Newsnote Sheet). No late newsnotes will be accepted. If you know you must miss the due date, give the card to another student to turn in for you. A point will be deducted for handwritten cards. I will select and reproduce the most interesting newsnotes according to my subjective evaluation. The Newsnote Sheet will be handed out at a subsequent class. Students who submitted them will lead discussion on their topics.
POINTS YOU EARN: At least 5 points are awarded for a typed newsnote relating to biology. If your card is published, you earn 6 points, and if yours is the lead card, you earn 7 points. (If you are published and miss the day of Newsnote discussion, you will lose the bonus point awarded by virtue of being on the Newsnote sheet.) These points are added to your cumulative score. All newsnotes will be posted in the hallway outside of the Biology Lecture room. Please do not remove them from the board so that the entire College community may share them.
* The NEWSNOTE HEADER should include:
1. Name of the source of your information: newspaper, magazine, journal, book, etc.
2. Give the full reference: Volume # (if appropriate), full date, page. Complete URL if appropriate.
1. Your name and assigned student number
2. The date that the Newsnote is due.
TITLE IN CAPITAL LETTERS: Succinctly but meaningfully state the conclusion of your article.
OFFSET THE TEXT FROM THE HEADER:
Insert an extra return before you begin the text. Write the summary in your best, logical English. Include correctly spelled terms, appropriate numbers, precise conclusions.
IF YOUR CARD IS PUBLISHED, prepare your seminar: research details
of the subject including, but not limited to, background information, prepared
tables of data, diagrams to illustrate the topic, etymology of the words used,
and implications which might interest the class.
Here are images of recent BioNewsnotes. To read the sidwise Newsnotes, click the "Side" version of the page:
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