1. To become more familiar with the physiology studies (including genetics, biochemistry, medicine,
etc.) currently reported daily in popular newspapers.
2. To practice analyzing science as it is presented in newspapers and presenting this information to
Sources: Newspapers (for example: USA Today, San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Times) that are
dated within one year of the first day of this term. On-line versions of newspapers are also acceptable.
Assignments using sources other than newspapers will not be accepted. You are looking for an article addressing a scientific experiment.
The following sources are NOT acceptable: Scientific American, Nature, National Geographic, on-line scientific journals, etc. These are excellent publications, but they do not cover current events for the general public or the information they do present is usually much more detailed than desired for this assignments.
You are looking for a newspaper article addressing a scientific experiment. Remember this is a physiology course (please do not use articles on volcanoes, astronomy, etc. unless they relate to biology).
Summarize, and respond to, a newspaper article on a scientific experiment focused on some aspect of physiology. The article should report on a new scientific report or summary. The article should be less than one year old and provided to instructor when the report is submitted. A URL may be substituted for the newspaper clipping.
1. Grammar and Style:
2. You should demonstrate effective and appropriate writing. Does each paragraph have a topic sentence? Is the style flowing and easily read? Is it obvious you did not review your writing before
Your report should be 1-3 single spaced typed pages. format: Heading (see below), summary, background, and evaluation.
Line 1: Title of article
Line 2: Author(s)
Line 3: Source (name of newspaper or
Line 4: Date of publication, section, page number, or date you visited the web site.
2. Summarize the article
Summarize the content of the article in the first few paragraphs. Summarize refers not to copying quotes from the article, but rather highlighting the main points in your own words. You should find and concentrate on the major concepts or topics in the article.
3. Provide background and expand on the information in your article
Using your text and lab manual, elaborate on the biology topics you addressed in the summary. In
addition to any information you find about the articles major topics. The scientific method must
be included in your elaborations. For this assignment, reference your text or manual by
indicating the authors and page where you found the information.
4. Evaluate the science of the article
.Evaluation does not mean expressing your personal feelings about the article. It does mean judging the how the science is reported. Some of the questions you may ask yourself as you write this section include: Is the hypothesis
easily determined from the article? Is it clear how the new scientific information was collected
and analyzed? Are possible confounding factors identified? The reporter may not use the term
hypothesis dependent or independent variable, but can you identify them from the article? Did
the article indicate alternative views or identify where you could find the original source?