START Seminar — Class Summaries for Fall 2017

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Notes from previous START Seminars: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013 and Fall 2012.

 

28 Aug — 1 Sep 2017 [Week 1]

Our first meeting this semester will be held on Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017.

If you own a laptop, then please bring it to class every day.

All presentations in this class will use the Assertion-Evidence model (see the following two sites about the design of PowerPoint slides):

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JSC offers MS Office 2016 for a PC or Mac (for free)

Click here to find out more.

 

 

Read about the Assertion-Evidence model for PowerPoint slides (see above).

Assignment (due 31 Aug 2017 by 5:00 p.m.): email [5 points]

Please send a well-written email, with a clear subject line, addressed to me, signed by you, and has a proper signature block. The content of the email should be your name, standing, major, and home town; that line should be followed by a brief biographical statement.




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5 Sep — 8 Sep 2017 [Week 2]

Shavonna Bent came to class to talk about the JSC Student Government Association and student clubs.

Today we took apart a computer and discussed the components of a computer, the complete path filename (Drive:\folder\subfolder\name.ext), .bat files, and drive mapping. Thumb drives were distributed in class.

Please see the notes from the presentation regarding drive mapping and batch files.

Each of you should have a .bat file that saves files from c:\users\name\documents\*.* and from u:\env2270\name\*.* to the thumb drive. Furthermore, each of you should have Office installed on your PCs. Chrome Books do not have a folder structure nor can they download Office.

IMPORTANTLY, make an appointment to see me this week–bring your laptop.

Assignment (due in class on 5 Sep 2017): Assertion-Evidence Structure Quiz [5 points]

Please send a well-written email, with a clear subject line, addressed to me, signed by you, and has a proper signature block. The content of the email should describe the Assertion-Evidence Structure for the construction of PowerPoint slides.


Assignment (due 7 Sep 2017 by 5:00 p.m.): Email with attachment [10 points]

Please send a well-written email, with a clear subject line, addressed to me, signed by you, and has a proper signature block. The content of the email should describe the attachment. The attachment should be a Word document with your name, standing, major, and home town; that line should be followed by a brief biographical statement.



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11 — 15 Sep 2017 [Week 3]

Margo Warden visited and spoke about opportunities and supports for students.

Please download this document for use in class. This file is also available at U:\ENV2270F17\kanat\STARTsummary.docx.

Today we reviewed the use of quotes and the minus sign for search engines.

The purpose of sections in Word was also practiced.

 

Assignment (due 14 Sep 2017 by 5:00 p.m.): Email with attachment [10 points]

Please send a well-written email, with a clear subject line, addressed to me, signed by you, and has a proper signature block. The attachement should be your resume. Use the filename: lastnameResume.docx.

General comments regarding resumes:

  • Define scholarships (including JSC) and the amounts.
  • Do not abbreviate words and do not use acronyms.
  • Put name and page number in the footer of page and above (date completed in last page footer).
  • Cut out extraneous words.
  • Quantify everything.
  • Use the white space effectively (fill the pages equally).
  • Use past tense for work completed.

Use, at least, the following subheadings:

  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Honors and Awards
  • Special Skills

 

 



18 – 22 September 2017 [Week 4]

Karen Madden spoke with us about coaching and academic support services at JSC.

 

Worked with Word: tabs, indents, and referencing style.

Reviewed the personal biographical statements. Please comment on the statements and bring the revisions to class on 26 September 2017.

 

Update your resume and consider the following:



Assignment (due 22 Sep 2017 by 5:00 p.m.): Thesis and references [15 points]

Please send a well-written email, with a clear subject line, addressed to me, signed by you, and has a proper signature block. The email should describe the attachment.

The attachment should include the following:

  • Title page (no footer); subsequent pages start on page 1.
  • Thesis statement for the annual project.
  • A few paragraphs that elucidate the thesis.
  • A reference section with at least two properly formatted references.




25 – 29 September 2017 [Week 5]

Activities:

  • Review biographical statements.
  • Review first draft of the annual project.
  • Complete a form from the National Science Foundation.
  • Take a group photo.
  • Word skills: flow text around a grouped figure and caption


Assignment (due NOW)

Please submit your revised biographical statements.

 

Assignment (due 6 Oct 2017 by 5:00 p.m.): Thesis and references [50 points]

Revise the manuscript for the annual project. Assessment will be based on the grading rubric below.

 

Assignment (due 17 Oct 2017): Resume [20 points]

Please submit a printed copy of your revised resume (see above).


 



2 – 6 October 2017 [Week 6]

Introduction to PowerPoint and animations.





9 – 13 October 2017 [Week 7]

Fall Break — be careful.

 



16 – 20 October 2017 [Week 8]

No class on Tuesday — Robert, Alec and I are at a conference in Lake Placid, NY.

See you in Current Topics in Science on Wednesday.

 

 



23 – 27 October 2017 [Week 9]

Continue learning PowerPoint.

 

Using Dashes
The Chicago Manual of Style on dashes: hyphen (-), en dash (–), and em dash (—).

hyphen: words that work together as a modifier (for example: two-thirds).
en dash: things related to each other by distance (for example: January–June, or Northern Vermont University–Johnson).
em dash: allows additional thoughts to be inserted into a sentence—similar to a parenthetical phrase.

The en dash can be easily accessed in Word, tap: "control -" (the minus sign on the number keypad only).


Draft Two Resume Comments
  • Separate address from email and phone number.
  • Use text box for address (and possibly email and phone numbers).
  • Put most recent on top.
  • Be consistent with hyphens and dashes.
  • Do not use acronyms.
  • Do not hyperlink text.
  • Format the document so it shows your skills with Word.
  • Carefully place the staple—show the reviewer that you care and are careful.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, Twitter, Facebook, and ArcInfo.
  • Quantify everything.
  • Single-space when appropriate.

Work on your resume today. Fix it now.

 

Assignment (due 31 October 2017): Personal References [30 points]

Prepare a list of personal references. Each reference should have address, phone, email, web page, and relationship to you.

Create an appropriate letterhead that will also be used with your resume and cover letter.

 

Assignment (due 7 November 2017): Presentations [100 points]

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for a lightning round; follow the guidelines. The grading rubric follows.

 

 

 



31 October 3 November 2017 [Week 10]

Worked with PowerPoint and Excel.

 



6 – 10 November 2017 [Week 11]

PowerPoint presentations.

 



13 – 17 November 2017 [Week 12]

Review of PowerPoint presentations.

Assignment (due in class on 14 November 2017): Assertion statements [15 points]

Assertion statements for two slides were re-written and submitted via email.

 

 



20 – 24 November 2017 [Week 13]

Thanksgiving Break please stay safe.

 

 



27 November 1 December 2017 [Week 14]

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Final Exam: Thursday, 21 December 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Upcoming Conferences
52nd Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
Burlington, VT
18–20 March 2017
http://geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/Sections/ne/2018mtg/home.aspx
(Expected to attend: Les, Robert, Alec, and ?)

 

Past Conferences for the 2017/2018 Academic Year

NYGeoCon 2017
Conference Center at Lake Placid, NY
17–19 October 2017
https://www.nysgis.net/nygeocon2017/
(Attended: Les, Robert and Alec)

129th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America
Seattle, WA
22–25 Oct 2017
http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2017/home
(Expected to attend: none)

109th Annual Meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
28 Sep–1 Oct 2017
http://w3.salemstate.edu/~lhanson/NEIGC/Conference.html
(Expected to attend: none)


Past Conferences for the 2016/2017 Academic Year
2016 Annual Water Quality Conference 5th Annual Meeting
VT Technical College
Randolph, VT
8 June 2016
http://www.vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/
(Expected to attend: no one)

Geological Society of America
128th Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado
25 - 28 September 2016
http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2016/
(Expected to attend: no one)

 

New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference
106th Annual Meeting
Brunswick-Waldoboro area of the Maine coast
14–16 October 2016
http://w3.salemstate.edu/~lhanson/NEIGC/Conference.html
(Expected to attend: no one)

Norris Cotton Cancer Center's 2nd Annual Student Oncology Conference
Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
23 October 2016
Paula.Therrien@dartmouth.edu
(Attended: Brynn and Kasie)

World Congress on Undergraduate Research
First Annual Meeting
Qatar University
Doha, Qatar
13–15 November 2016
http://www.cur.org/world_congress/
(Attended: Liz, Heather, Shayna and Shavonna)

The New England Association of Environmental Biologists
41st Annual Meeting
Hilton Hartford Hotel
Hartford, CT
14–16 March 2017
http://www.neaeb.org/#about-us
(Expected to attend: Heather)

Research on Adaptation to Climate Change Student Research Symposium
9th Annual Meeting
Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
28 March 2017
http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/1227
(Expected to attend: Les, Amanda, and ?)

 


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