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Teaching Scientific Writing -- What I Learned from a New Approach
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:15 PM -1:45 PM
  Author: Brian Houser, Eastern Washington University
509-359-7005, bhouser@mail.ewu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In my most recent running of our Advanced Laboratory, I set the writing of scientific reports as a principal objective. My new approach included a class discussion of two actual papers (one published and one rejected), student comments on each others' work, and a requirement that the third and final report be subject to the refereeing process before resubmission for a grade. Though the writing abilities of the students varied widely, all showed improvement. This talk will give an overview of the course and present how students progressed in writing abstracts, procedures, and analysis sections of their papers. I will also include problems I encountered and improvements that can be made for the next offering.
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