GG410 Student Seminar

Instructed by Garrett Apuzen-Ito (6-9717, gito@hawaii.edu, POST 810)

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30-10:20 POST 702

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: GG410Course Learning Objectives: 

-Ability to prepare and deliver superb, memorable, & professional science talks, including excellence in

  -speaking accurately, with clear, and simple sentences

  -being engaging, interesting, exciting

  -creating attractive visuals that are potent in conveying your message

  -presenting yourself with authority, confidence, and poise

You will also become more confident & able in oral communication in general. 

-Excellence in evaluating other talks and learning the key points

-Proficiency in using and communicating the scientific method

-Improved your writing skills

-Knowledge about science in SOEST and future challenges in society.  

 

GRADING WILL BE BASE ON:

10% Written evaluations of 3 out-of-class “professional” talks from GG’s TGIF seminars, no more than one from the GG610 Graduate Seminar (Fri. 1:30-2:20 POST 723), & other science talks on campus. You will also be asked to evaluate talks by your peers in class.

10% Abstracts and writing assignments

30% Class oral presentations (other than your final talk).  These will be based on assigned activities and especially reading. 

40% Final presentation.  This 12-minute presentation will be on a topic of your interest.  It could be related to a research project, a previous class laboratory project, on a scientific research paper or two, or some other science-related experience.  The topic must be approved by the instructor. 

10% Class engagement:  active presence and quality of participation in class

In general, grading will be based first on effort and degree of preparation, and secondarily on the professional quality and effectiveness of your work.

 

HANDOUTS

-Key Ingredients of a Good Science Talk

-Preparing Scientific Presentations

-Preparing and Delivering a Talk (handout)

-How Not To Give a Scientific Talk

-Tips for Powerful Scientific Writing

 

TALK EVALUATION FORM

 

WORKING SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Week  Days                            Wednesday                                        Friday                                    

1          Jan 11, 13                   Introduction                                      Giving a Great Scientific Talk:  Vital Elements

2          Jan 18, 20                  Using Powerpoint                              Talks on importance of public speaking

3          Jan 25, 27             Mechanics & Speaker Performance   Abstract Writing.  Click for reading assignment due today.

                                                                                                            see also “Scrutiny of the Abstract II” and tips on

                                                                                                            paragraphs and topic sentences

 

4          Feb 1, 3                      Video “Crude Awakening”                Video “Crude Awakening”

                                                                                                            Due:  short “advertising” abstract on video from Wed.

 

5          Feb 8, 10                    Discussion of reading                       Talk and abstract by Team 1 (Krista, Sammy).  

                                                Each group will state                       “Peak Oil” and the pending energy crisis

                                                a key point and pose a question.    Plus giving a dump of disconnected data versus a

                                                                                                            cohesive, progressive, scientific story.

 

6          Feb 15, 17                  Discussion of reading                       Talk and abstract by Team 3 (Laura, Lerma):

                                                Again each group state a                EROI and possible future energy sources

                                                key point and pose a question

 

7          Feb 22, 24                 Final Project Topic Intro’s              Final Project Topic Intro’s

                                                Lindsey, Isaac, Cecilie, Shelly         Brian, Wendy, Bryson, Laura, Lerma

                                                James                                                 Krista, Sammy

 

8          Feb 29, Mar 2           Discussion of reading                       Talk and by Team 2 (Cecilie, Shelly, Kristina):

                                                Lets help team 2 with their            Geothermal energy and its future

                                                assignment by doing the following   (short abstract due from everyone)

                                                Team 1: Answer question (1)

                                                Teams 3 & 4: Answer question (2)

                                                Team 5: Answer question (3)

                                                Team 6: tell us what Btu, MWh, and boe are

                                                Teams 2 raise your own questions

                                   

9          Mar 7, 9                     Discussion of reading                       Talk and abstract by Team 4 (James, Brian): Future of solar

                                                Team 1:  What is “embodied          (short abstract due from everyone)

                                                energy”& how is it used in               See Garrett’s compilation of World Energy Use and Projections

                                                Lloyd & Forest’s models?

                                                Team 2: Answer question (2)

                                                Teams 3 & 5:  Answer question (3)

                                                Team 6:  Answer question (4)

 

10        Mar 14, 16                  Discussion of wind energy               Talk and 250 word abstract by Team 5 (Wendy, Bryson):

                                                Each team, plz see this page          Future of wind

                                                for your specific reading                (short abstract on their reading assignments due from everyone)

                                                and discussion assignment.

 

11         Mar 21, 23                 Discussion:  Each team                    Talk by Team 6 (Lindsey, Isaac):

                                                plz see this page for your               Future of World Energy, Health, and Happiness

                                                specific discussion assignment       (short abstracts due for everyone)

                                                                                                            Examples of how to better link subsequent slides and make

                                                                                                            a more dynamic talk with slide transitions

 

            Mar 28, 30                 SPRING BREAK                                 SPRING BREAK

12        Apr 4, 6                      Presentation Practice                      NO CLASS (Good Friday)

                                                (Shellie, Bryson, Laura, Lerma)

 

13        Apr 11, 13                   Presentation Practice                      Presentation Practice

                                                (Cecilie, Krista, Sammy, James)     (Wendy, Brian, Lindsey, Isaac)

 

14        Apr 18, 20                  Final Presentations                          Final Presentations

                           (Cecilie, Bryson, Laura: Brian as MC)         (Lerma, Shellie, Krista: Laura as MC)

15        Apr 25, 27                 Final Presentations                          Final Presentations

                           (Sammy, James, Wendy:  Lerma as MC)  (Brian, Lindsey, Isaac:  Sammy as MC)

16        May 2                         Wrap-Up

 

Department Learning Objectives for the B.S. and B.A. degree program

All of these objectives are relevant targets for the curriculum of GG410.

1.      Students can explain the relevance of geology and geophysics to human needs, including those appropriate to Hawaii, and be able to discuss issues related to geology and its impact on society and planet Earth.

2.     Students can apply technical knowledge of relevant computer applications, laboratory methods, field methods, and the supporting disciplines (math, physics, chemistry, biology) to solve real-world problems in geology and geophysics.

3.     Students use the scientific method to define, critically analyze, and solve a problem in earth science.

4.     Students can reconstruct, clearly and ethically, geological knowledge in both oral presentations and written reports.

5.     Students can evaluate, interpret, and summarize the basic principles of geology and geophysics, including the fundamental tenets of the sub-disciplines, and their context in relationship to other core sciences, to explain complex phenomena in geology and geophysics.