METEO 480M/580 Bannon FA14

COMMUNICATION OF METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH M 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM 126 Walker Instructor: Peter Bannon

COMMUNICATION OF METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH

Course Structure

Course Designation

Meteo 480M (Undergraduate Research) is encouraged for all Meteo majors in the Atmospheric Science option and is an elective for all other options in the Meteo major.  Meteo 580 (Communication of Meteorological Research) is required of all Meteo MS and PhD students.

Course Description

Students perform research under the guidance of a faculty member that is summarized in an AMS-style conference preprint paper.  Students also give a timed 12-minute oral presentation.

Course Objective

This course seeks to improve each student’s ability to communicate science in both written and oral presentations.

Prerequisites

Meteo 480M: Junior or senior standing as a Meteorology major
Meteo 580: Graduate standing

Internet Materials

ANGEL homepage for course: http://cms.psu.edu

Textbooks:

  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  • Eloquent Science by Schultz
  • Style for Students Online by Schall

Lectures:     

time and location of weekly lectures to be determined

Lecturer:   

Peter R. Bannon
521 Walker Building
863-1309
e-mail: bannon@ems.psu.edu
Office hours:  Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 12:30-1:30 p.m.,
by appointment, or whenever the door is open
Teaching assistant: none
Attendance:  Required (unless you are off-campus on a field program)

COMMUNICATION OF METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH 

Course Topics

  • Introduction
  • Elements of good writing
  • Science of science writing
  • Science manuscripts
  • Authorship and titles
  • AMS style guidelines
  • Scientific meetings
  • Oral presentations at science meetings
  • Poster presentations at science meetings
  • Peer review
  • Scientific Ethics
  • Resumes (curriculum vitae)
  • AMS-style oral presentations in class

Please note that this outline serves only as a general guide to the course.  The actual topics covered may vary at the discretion of the instructor.

COMMUNICATION OF METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH
Bibliography

Alley, M., 1996:  The Craft of Scientific Writing. Third edition. Springer, 282 pp.
Schall, Joe, 1995:  Style for Students Online.  Available at https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styleforstudents/
Schultz, D. M., 2009: Eloquent Science. American Meteorological Society. 412 pp.*
Strunk, W., Jr., and E. B. White, 2007:  The Elements of Style.  Fourth edition. Macmillan, 147 pp.* On reserve in the EMS Library

Supplementary Readings

Garland, J., 1991: Advice to beginning physics speakers.  Physics Today, July 1991, 42-45.  (Available on the course web site.)
Gopen, G. D. and J. A. Swan, 1990: The science of science writing.  American Scientist, 78, 550-558.  (Available on the course web site.)
Mermin, N. D., 1992: What’s wrong with those talks.  Physics Today, November 1992, 9-10 (Available on the course web site.)

Assessment Tools

Grades are partially based on the assigned work including

  1. a polished writing sample (THE ESSAY),
  2. a critique of a published AMS abstract (THE CRITIQUE),
  3. your own conference abstract (THE ABSTRACT),
  4. a 2-4 page AMS conference preprint (THE PREPRINT),
  5. an anonymous review of a classmate's preprint/talk (THE REVIEW),
  6. a 12-minute oral presentation (THE TALK). 

The preprint may be a succinct summary of your research work or may be on some other topic approved by the instructor. The preprint and associated talk can also be from a conference that you are preparing to attend or have recently attended if you (and not your advisor/co-authors) did most of the writing and if you thoroughly critique and revise the preprint based on what you have learned in this course. The goal here is for all of us to learn to improve our written and oral presentations. 

Undergraduate students (3 credits): 1/3 of your grade comes from this lecture portion of the course and the other 2/3 comes from your research advisor.  The preprint should be a succinct summary of your research.  Be sure to contact your research advisors early in the semester and ensure that they know this grading policy for Meteo 480M.  Then e-mail me their names.

Graduate students (1 credit): The entire grade comes from the written and oral assignments described above.  These assignments will help you prepare for writing and defending your thesis.

PhD students:  This course prepares you for the university-mandated Technical English Competency requirement.  For this requirement, each PhD candidate must write an acceptable 2-4 page AMS conference preprint, and give an acceptable 12-minute oral presentation.  An ad-hoc panel of faculty members (none of whom are the student’s advisers) evaluates each of these two requirements as accomplished during this course.
Note: passing Meteo 580 does not necessarily mean passing the Technical English Competency requirement.

Research Mini-Symposium (MeteoFest)
We will hold a mini-symposium on one or more days near the end of the semester for the 12-minute talks. 

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own writing.  Do not copy text from another person's paper or from a World Wide Web site and present the material as your own, because that is plagiarism.  Other people's work should be summarized in your own words and properly referenced.  Such reference provides necessary background for presenting your work.  Students who plagiarize will receive a grade of F in this course.  This course adopts the EMS college policy on academic integrity. Please see: http://www.ems.psu.edu/current_undergrad_students/academics/integrity_policy.

Meteo 480M Course Objectives

  1. Students can demonstrate the ability to complete and write a technical report on a research project overseen by a faculty member or other.

Meteorology BS Program Objectives

  1. To produce graduates who possess quantitative, scientific reasoning skills that can be applied to atmospheric problems.
  2. To produce graduates who have a general knowledge of a range of atmospheric phenomena and applications, and have expertise in one or more program sub disciplines or related interdisciplinary areas
  3. To produce graduates who are equipped to contribute to solving problems in the atmospheric sciences and related disciplines, through service in business or as educators, researchers, and leaders in academia, government, the private sector, and civil society.

Meteo 480M Course Outcomes

  1. Students can demonstrate knowledge of effective scientific writing principles, including proper organization of the material and use of good.
  2. Students can demonstrate knowledge of good practices in reviewing and editing atmospheric science manuscripts.
  3. Students can demonstrate knowledge of issues underlying proper scientific ethical behavior, such as plagiarism and authorship.

Meteorology BS Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates can demonstrate skills for interpreting and applying atmospheric observations
  2. Graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the atmosphere and its evolution
  3. Graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the role of water in the atmosphere
  4. Graduates can demonstrate facility with computer applications to atmospheric problems
  5. Graduates can demonstrate skills for communicating their technical knowledge

EMS Required Syllabus Topics

Brief course description from University Bulletin: METEO 480M Undergraduate Research (3) A research thesis will be prepared. A written and oral presentation is required. Undergraduate Research (3) 

General Education: None 
Diversity: None 
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014 
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing as a Meteorology Major Note: Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

METEO 580 Communication of Meteorological Research (1) Methods for effective written and oral presentation of meteorological research are reviewed.
Communication of Meteorological Research (1) 

General Education: None 
Diversity: None 
Bachelor of Arts: None
 Effective: Spring 1994 

Note: Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

Course policies

This course abides by the Penn State Class Attendance Policy 42-27: http://senate.psu.edu/policies/42-00.html#42-27, Attendance Policy E-11: http://www.psu.edu/oue/aappm/E-11.html, and Conflict Exam Policy 44-35: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/policies/44-00.html#44-35.  Please also see Illness Verification Policy: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/welcome/illnessVerification/, and Religious Observance Policy: http://www.psu.edu/oue/aappm/R-4.html.  Students who miss class for legitimate reasons will be given a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work, including exams and quizzes.  Students are not required to secure the signature of medical personnel in the case of illness or injury and should use their best judgment on whether they are well enough to attend class or not; the University Health Center will not provide medical verification for minor illnesses or injuries. Other legitimate reasons for missing class include religious observance, family emergencies, and regularly scheduled university-approved curricular or extracurricular activities.  Students who encounter serious family, health, or personal situations that result in extended absences should contact the Office of Student and Family Services for help: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/familyservices/.  Whenever possible, students participating in University-approved activities should submit to the instructor a Class Absence Form available from the Registrar's Office: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/student_forms/, at least one week prior to the activity.

Academic integrity statement

Students in this class are expected to write up their problem sets individually, to work the exams on their own, and to write their papers in their own words using proper citations.  Class members may work on the problem sets in groups, but then each student must write up the answers separately.  Students are not to copy problem or exam answers from another person's paper and present them as their own; students may not plagiarize text from papers or websites written by others.  Students who present other people's work as their own will receive at least a 0 on the assignment and may well receive an F or XF in the course. Please see: Earth and Mineral Sciences Academic Integrity Policy: http://www.ems.psu.edu/current_undergrad_students/academics/integrity_policy, which this course adopts.

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Office for Disability Services (ODS) Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus: http://equity.psu.edu/ods/dcl. For further information, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site: http://equity.psu.edu/ods.
In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter.

Other statements as applicable

Residence Instruction: Campus emergencies, including weather delays, are announced on Penn State News: http:/news.psu.edu/ and communicated to cellphones, email, the Penn State Facebook page, and Twitter via PSUAlert (Sign up at: https://psualert.psu.edu/psualert/).

University Bulletin: University Course Descriptions

Meteorology (METEO)
METEO 480M Undergraduate Research (3) A research thesis will be prepared. A written and oral presentation required.
Undergraduate Research (3) 

General Education: None 
Diversity: None 
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2013 Ending: Fall 2013
 Prerequisite: junior or senior standing as a Meteorology Major
Note: Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

Meteorology (METEO)
METEO 480W Undergraduate Research (3) A research thesis will be prepared. A written and oral presentation required.
Undergraduate Research (3) 

General Education: None 
Diversity: None 
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 1991 
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing as a Meteorology Major
Note: Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

Technical English Competency Exam

Faculty interaction policy for the Technical English Competency Exam (Professional Presentation Exam)
Meteo 580 is the preparatory course for the Technical English Competency Exam with speaking and writing requirements matching that for this exam. In Meteo 580 and the exam, students give a rigorously timed 12-minute talk. As part of the course, students are provided lots of detailed feedback on their Meteo 580 talks and are told in the course that they can give a revised version of the talk for the Tech exam. Also, students are counseled in the course to practice all of their talks with an audience to get helpful input. Given that many students have little or no technical speaking experience, having faculty and others provide students feedback on their talks to help them improve their speaking ability is allowed. The paper written in Meteo 580 is also of the same format as that for the Technical English Competency Exam. As part of the class, students are given feedback on earlier drafts of the paper by fellow students and the instructor; as for the talk, a revised version of the paper can be submitted as part of the exam. Faculty input is allowed on this exam paper so long as the sentences are critiqued, but not rewritten by the faculty; the intent is for the students' writing ability to be evaluated, which cannot be done if the faculty rewrites the paper as part of the input phase. Thus, a paper submitted as part of the exam is to be single-authored by the student.

Document Actions