Y6-September, 2015

September 22, 2015

Recorder: Kathryn

Attending Trainees: Soheila, Kevin, Paulo, MK, Cansu, Donovan, Rabia, Sonny TJ, Teresa, Kenny, Catherine, Tasha, Irving, Vanessa, Andre, Monique, Quincy, possibly Chris

Faculty: Dr. Black

Staff: Kathryn

Meeting Called: ~1:35 pm

IGERT Writing Module

Practice with Active Voice-Facilitated by TJ and Sonny

Content initiated by TJ, addressing passive vs. active voice
  • Active=Direct
  • Passive=Less Direct
-Often have clarifying modifiers
-Ambiguous actions
-Pompous, impersonal
-Encourages nominalizations

Active voice is generally preferred in scientific writing, across various fields
  • Recognition of passive voice in writing:
-"Carrying" verbs and nominalizations
-Use of "by" and dangling modifiers

Sonny picked up at this point to mention tools for identifying passive voice in written work
  • "Find" function (Ctrl+F)-Useful to check how verbs are used in paper
  • Microsoft Word setting:  File>Options>Proofing>Writing Style>Grammar and Style
  • Online sites:  grammarly.com
  • Writing Centers at University and Peers

Practice opportunities
Think-Pair-Share:  Rearranging and rewording sentences to change from passive to active voice and analyzing one another's literature review drafts

Final point in content:  Passive voice has its own place in scientific writing.  It may be used in some situations, for added emphasis and particularly in Methods sections of papers.

Deliverables for Next Week:

Catherine followed with mention of the NSU Qualifying Exam, asking Dr. Black's input as to cancelation of class for September 29th, the day of the quals
  • Decided upon cancelation of final September meeting, with next meeting on October 6th
  • Extra time for others to work well on literature reviews/references
  • Each Trainee to prepare crisp, tight lit review, prepared for the "peer ranking" of the the reviews to determine "IGERT'S TOP LITERATURE REVIEW".

Final Comments
-Brief discussion of prospects regarding potential late May, 2016 trip to Brazil, which will likely involve a selection process, depending upon who is interested.  Trip will cover 20+ days.
-Mention of Rabia's upcoming defense, and her recently-acquired job with INTEL in Oregon.

Meeting Concluded:  ~2:30 pm

NO MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Next Meeting:  October 6, 2015



September 15, 2015

Recorder: Kathryn

Attending Trainees: Soheila, Kevin, Paulo, MK, Cansu, Donovan, Rabia, Sonny TJ, Teresa, Kenny, Catherine, Tasha, Irving, Vanessa, Andre, Monique, Quincy, possibly Chris

Faculty: Dr. Black

Staff: Kathryn

Meeting Called: ~1:40 pm  Connection issues.

IGERT Writing Module

Technical Writing:  Organization and Structure-Sonny Facilitating

Opened with Talk-Pair-Share on the Lit Review outlines prepared by each Trainee
-5 min/Trainee
-Share and Critique

Followed with content presented by Sonny.

Purpose of scientific discourse defined:  Not about how writer views what they are writing about, but how those reading it view it

Primary Points:
  • Text Structure and Cohesive Elements
  • What Makes a Good Paragraph?
  • Argument- Claims, Grounds, Warrants
  • Organization strategies
  • Sentence Structure
  • Providing Strong Evidence

Information about submissions available through visiting sites for different journals as appropriate for style, format, requirement issues

Group meetings if IR Module following content completion-Some groups meeting immediately following session; others scheduling meetings at another time

Deliverables for Next Week:

Draft of Lit Reviews should be completed, with references, for peer review.
Bring printed copy for use with Think-Pair-Share

Meeting Concluded:  ~2:30 pm


Next Meeting:  September 22, 2015



September 8, 2015


Recorder: Kathryn

Attenting Trainees:  Catherine, Tasha, Sonny, TJ, Soheila, Kevin, Paulo, Cansu, Irving, Monique, Quincy, Donovan, MK, Rabia, Vanessa, Andre, Kenny, Chris

Faculty:  Dr. Black

Staff: Kathryn

Meeting Called: ~1:30 pm

IGERT Writing Module

Catherine presented the beginning of the Writing Module, giving and overview of the design, expectations and logistics for the 6-week session.

Catherine mentioned the idea of a "competition" to prepare the "top literature review" as a motivational tool. Each person in every group to prepare their own, with a "judging" of the top contenders.  One review to be created as representative of the group, with contributions from all reviews considered.

Mention of Qualifiers for some students, and the concept of front-loading/back-loading as a time management/equivalent responsibility tool.

Conducted several Pair-Share sessions after some of Catherine's content presentation.

First Pair-Share:  Purpose of a Literature Review-1 min
  • Motivation for work
  • Give proper credit to forerunners
  • Should allow one to determine the value/importance of a paper based upon viewing the results and seeing the connecting info in the lit review
  • Should be a compelling argument for the validity of your project
Second Pair-Share:  Attributes of a Poor Lit Review-2-3 min
  • Too broad, or lack of resources
  • References to papers that are too old to be found
  • No funneled information
  • Lacking up-to-date resources telling you what you should read to know where you need to go next
  • Apparent unfamiliarity with audience, assuming wrongly they either know it all or know nothing
Further Content Topics:
  • Starting a Lit Review
  • Barriers to Successful Lit Reviews
  • Personal Strategies for Lit Reviews
  • Strategies for Writing

Deliverables for Next Week:

  • Outline or Flow Chart toe start organization input to be facilitated by Sonny next week
  • Allocate sources and citations
  • Continue finding literature as needed
  • Recommended that Senior Trainees and Leaders check with Junior Trainees to be sure they are progressing and understanding

Meeting Concluded: ~3:00 pm

Next Meeting:  September 15, 2015


September 1, 2015

Recorder: Kathryn

Attending Trainees: Kenny, Sonny, Teresa, TJ, Kevin, Rabia, Cansu, Vanessa, Sohiela, Paulo, Monique, MK, Donovan, Irving, Catherine, Tasha, Chris

Faculty:  Dr. Black

Staff: Kathryn

Meeting Called:  ~1:30 pm, Room 209 MCAR

Opening introductions and greetings
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Dr. Black explained concerns over an international trip to Europe, discussion commenced about the possibility of Brazil as a site, with questions about the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janiero, and the potential impact of this upon the timing.

3 Groups slated to present information regarding their Interdisciplinary Research projects for the current module.  One group (Group 3) presented their Powerpoint at the August 24th meeting.
Presentations as follows:

Group 2:  Sonny, Cansu, Vanessa, Soheila, Paulo-Fullerene Project
  • Sonny presented initially, giving overview of carbon crystals and procedures planned.  Clarification of already-performed characterization methods and the new characterization methods to be pursued by the group
  • Soheila next presenting the NSU contribution, ideas explored and found unacceptable
  • Vanessa suggested a laser technique, adding input into the rationale of the project
  • Paulo discussed his involvement, using Shrodinger simulatiion software for computational aspects
Group 1:  TJ, MK, Monique, Donovan and Andre-Development of Bladder Control System Using a Closed- Loop Feedback
  • MK presented initially, stating the background and motivation for the project and some of the technical features such as actuation control, Electrical Impedence Tomography and volumetric changes as a primary parameter.
  • TJ followed, explaining further the actuation process as well as resolution optimization requiring a 3-D printer set up with high resolution capabilities.  Mentioned "Smart Gel" technology and the solvent exposure shrinking/swelling principle as a possible strategy for the device development.
  • Monique discussed the superparamagnetic nanoparticles to be synthesized allowing stimulation of the shrinking/swelling process of Smart Gel device, for non-invasive control.
  • Donovan and Andre added input regarding the 3-D printer modifications and how to optimize the use

Group 4:  Teresa, Rabia, Vanessa-High Gain Media SPASER Revisited

  • Rabia opened for this group, with a general overview/introduction.  Stated motivation behind the project, attempting to overcome absorption losses inherent in use of metals and seeking to use a high gain medium (dye).
  • Teresa mentioned her fabrication of gold nanoparticles, to be loaded into the silica shell (C-dots, dye-doped)
  • Vanessa explained her involvement with the characterization aspects, in addition to a side project postentially involving layer-by-layer assembly techniques.

Brief update from Group 3:  Catherine, Kevin, Tasha, Irving-Science of Team Science
  • Kevin offered latest update, apprising Chris (new Trainee, not present last week)
  • Catherine gave the motivation, talking about the dynamics of collaboration, checking how graduate students learn to function in team science settings
  • Kevin resumed with statement of the research questions, methodologies for analysis, and awareness that IRB approval is required through NSU.

Deliverables for Next Week:

Come prepared for beginning of Writing Module, with prior reading completed

Meeting Concluded:  ~2:40 pm

Next Meeting:  September 8, 2015


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