Project Success 2016 Assignment Timeline

All assignments below are due by the date and time recorded unless otherwise stated in email. Unfortunately, if an assignment is late, then we will not be able to give our feedback as efficiently as if you give it to us at the announced time. Times are scheduled to allow for the most time to complete the assignment, but also account for the need for our team to proofread your articles, and the time your peers will need to add the edits that you give them. Submissions to the WikiSpace are assumed to be final after peer or review by Aidan, so they will go right onto the WikiSpace if you are satisfied with it. Therefore, peer reviews will be due at Noon, submissions to the WikiSpace and article submissions will be due at Midnight. The exceptions to this rule are the final draft of your presentation as you need to do a practice run of your presentation, introduction submission, and methods submission. For your introduction and methods submissions, we will be taking in-seminar time to work on them together to ensure that you have time to do the submissions and so you can edit them together as peers. You are welcome to submit the assignments before the deadlines to have my comments on them in advance.
All submissions must be digital, preferably in Google Drive or Dropbox so your editor can add their input live. Please do not submit a PDF, as they are final copies and cannot be changed on the document.
Being timely with assignments especially applies to peer reviews. If someone doesn't receive your valuable feedback on time, then it penalizes them time to submit their assignment. Keep in mind that to complete these deadlines, you will have some homework and some weekend work due to having one less week to the program.


Due Date

Popular Article Submission to Wiki
Wednesday, July 6th, Midnight
Article Introduction First Draft
Friday, July 8th, Midnight
Article Methods First Draft
Friday, July 15th, Midnight
Article Abstract First Draft
Friday, July 22nd, Midnight
Article Results First Draft*
Friday, July 22nd, Midnight
Discussion First Draft**
Friday, July 29th, Midnight
Presentation First Draft
Friday, July 29th, Midnight
Presentation First Draft Peer Comments
Wednesday, August 3rd, Midnight
Article Final Draft
Friday, August 5th, Midnight
Presentation Final Draft
Friday, August 5th at Presentation Practice
Final Presentation Submission
Wednesday, August 10th, Midnight
Presentation Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, August 11th, Attend at 9am
Final Presentation
Friday, August 12th, 9am
Final Article Submission
Monday, August 15th, Midnight

Analogies are very powerful in writing and aid people’s understanding of a topic well, in particular where there’s unavoidable jargon but a visual concept with the process. For example, I can explain ATPase’s function (cell and molecular bio topic) as similar to a revolving door – the energy that a proton, analogous to a person, puts into the revolving door by pushing it is utilized by ATPase to add a phosphate group to ADP (adenodiphosphate). ADP’s function is like a battery that needs charging and phosphate groups are like the electricity; ADP absorbs the energy from ATPase to make ATP (adenotriphosphate), a fully charged battery. AMP (adenomonophosphate) is like a dead battery as it cannot lose any phosphate groups. To fully charge the AMP battery, it requires recharging with two phosphate groups. Notice I don’t have to explain phosphate, people are okay with leaving that as an arbitrary concept as they have a lot of other information to satisfy them, and they get the idea from it not being explained that it’s likely a complicated topic that they’re not interested in; they’re interested in the ATPase revolving door. Also, you could imagine that the revolving door is not the only spinning energy-generator that could be used in this analogy; water-wheel, pinwheel, wind turbine, generator, and other analogies can fill this as well. That’s the art of the analogy – people can use whatever similar item their heart desires as the concept placeholder item that you use. They get to have the fun of making their own comparison, using their imagination, to imagine the structure that the scientist knows exactly. If you included a picture of ATPase with your imaginary article as I’ve done, people can see the structure and imagine it to their concept of the analogy.