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Ethics of Civic Engagement: Context Paper
Adrienne Falcon, Carleton College
The student should research the demographic and organizational context for their project.

Linguistics 115: Two Transformations
Catherine Fortin, Carleton College
This is one of the course's daily problem sets. The course, LING 115, focuses on a purely inductive construction of a theory of English grammar. In order to descriptively account for all types of sentences, the theory includes certain 'transformations', which effectively reorganize/modify the components of other sentences. This assignment is about 2/3 of the way through the term, when transformations are first introduced. It asks students to apply the present theory to novel data, and to propose additions/modifications to the present theory to account for novel data.

Mapping Thought Piece
Victoria Morse, Carleton College
Take the map you began in class today of "your" Carleton and revise/refine it around a single message, argument, or point. What do you want to say to the map reader about your experience of Carleton so far? What kinds of points can maps convey? What arguments would it be hard to make using a map as your means of communication? Revise your map to focus on your message. Think carefully about what map elements (line, color, conventional symbols, framing, orientation, scale etc) will best serve your purposes. How will you make your map "legible" to other users?

Linguistics 110: Endangered Languages
Catherine Fortin, Carleton College
Write a short opinion essay (~2 pages, double-spaced) exploring, in depth, some aspect of language endangerment, language death, language documentation, and/or language revitalization. Although you are developing an argument for a particular course of action (or point of view), the situation is complex, and your essay should explicitly take into account both pros and cons.

Write a Proposal for a Cartography Exhibit
Victoria Morse, Carleton College
Make the maps speak. If you could choose 3-5 of our maps to put up in the library as an exhibit, what story would you choose to tell? Would it be about color? Form? Religion on the map? Cosmography? Oceans? Choose a strong and compelling theme that is visually supported by the maps – in other words, something that the audience could "see" in the maps with a small amount of guidance from your words in the wall cards. Proposal. Write a proposal (1,000 words) that first lays out your idea and explains how each map you have selected will support the "big idea" for the viewer of the exhibition: what do you expect the viewer to see/notice/focus on from each map that will speak to your main idea? Second, explain how you imagine the maps being exhibited: in what relation to one another? Hung or laid out in what way? Draw this on your layout (see below), but include a discussion of it in your proposal so that the reader can imagine how the big idea unfolds as s/he moves through the exhibit. Third, discuss who you imagine as your audience. Is this exhibit for the Carleton community? For school children (what age/grade?)? For some kind of public open house like maybe Parents' Weekend?

The construct and adjectival phrases
Shadi Bayadsy, Carleton College
The students are required to underline the construct phrases and circle the adjective phrases. Additionally, they will use each phrase in a complete sentence.

Bridging cultural gaps through holidays: A writing assignment
Shadi Bayadsy, Carleton College
There are two main religious Muslim holidays in the Middle East. The first is Eid Al Fitir, which literally means the "fast breaking holiday." This celebration comes soon after the end of Ramadan and lasts for three days. The second one is Eid Il adha, which literally means the "sacrifice holiday." During this time, Muslims slaughter sheep and give some of its meat to the poor. Choose one of these holidays to research. Describe the customary way of celebrating this holiday: what foods, decorations, rituals, prayers, or other behaviors are involved in this holiday? Consider the context in which the holiday originated, and speculate on why Muslims continue to honor this celebration. Finally, compare your chosen Muslim holiday with a holiday you are personally familiar with. What elements are similar or different? What cultural needs are served by these holidays, and what does this say about the differences in Eastern and Western societies?

Classics 110 Paper 2: Aristophanes' Birds in Context
Clara Hardy, Carleton College
The assignment is to write a paper arguing for a reading of Aristophanes' Birds based on the student's understanding of the immediate context (historical, social, political) of the original performance in 414 BCE.

Classics 110 Mapping Exercise
Clara Hardy, Carleton College
Students will superimpose a map of an ancient city (Athens or Rome) onto a map of a modern place with which they are familiar (the Carleton campus, the city of Northfield, or some select other U.S. cities). They need to make sure that the map scales are the same so that the familiar place can act as a measure for the unfamiliar. Once they have constructed the image of the two maps on top of each other, students will reflect on what the exercise has taught them about the ancient world.

Biochemistry final laboratory report
M. Nidanie Henderson, Carleton College
Laboratory Reports: In science, researchers communicate their results to the scientific community in three main ways: poster presentations, oral presentations, and through peer-reviewed research articles. The written research article that appears in peer-reviewed scientific journals is the accepted standard for the communication of original results. The research projects that you will work on in this course are original. Therefore, you will be required to report your results to the scientific community, which for now, is both sections of Biol 381, the Biochemistry lab classes. The final laboratory report is a cumulative exercise. In order to have a coherent body of results, you will need to include data, results, and background information from the first half of the course, and therefore revise your first laboratory report. The final laboratory report will be formatted similarly to the mid-term report as follows: - Title (10%): Descriptive and concise overview of research results - Author list (5%): Contains all of the people, their departments, and institutions who made significant contributions to the research contained within the paper. In scientific papers, the first author is usually the person who wrote the paper and the principal investigator is usually the last author and corresponding author, the person to whom all requests and concerns are made. In your team, you will decide the order of the author list. You may want to make this the last thing that you do since it is usually easier to assess relative contributions once the work has been done. However, I will be the last/corresponding author on all of the research papers. - Summary (5%): A brief summary of the major findings of the work. - Introduction (10%): The introduction provides the rationale and hypothesis of the project. It should explain the significance of the problem and introduce some background to help the reader understand the problem. The two papers assigned for class and the papers you identified for your endnote assignment should help you to compose this section. - Results (20%): Each major result should be described in its own section. All figures need a descriptive figure legend. - Discussion (20%): Your explanation of your results. Discuss the potential implications and future directions. - Experimental Procedures (15%): This should be broken into sections by technique or instrumentation. This should be detailed enough so that your experiments can be reproduced. - Supplemental data ( graded with results): Scientific integrity is just as important as academic honesty. The pressures to succeed academically and scientifically are extremely high. Just as the college and your instructors have ways to help prevent dishonesty so does the scientific community. One of these ways is through the addition of supplemental data. These are background data that supports the research done but is unessential to tell the story in the research article. You do not need to have a supplemental data section but if you do, refer me to the page(s) in your notebook. - Acknowledgments (5%): Anyone who helped to accomplish this work, whose contributions are worthy of mention but not co-authorship, will be mentioned here. Your stockroom supervisor and assistants would be a good example of people who should be acknowledged. Funding sources are also acknowledged here (ie. Department of Biology, Carleton College, Startup funds Dr. Henderson's laboratory). - References (10%): All source material should be cited.

Econometrics Review Podcast
Aaron Swoboda, Carleton College
One of the best ways to truly learn something is to teach it to someone else. This assignment asks you to create a podcast explaining and demonstrating one of the important concepts from the recently covered material in the course. You should view this as an opportunity to review/teach it to the class in preparation for the exam. Each student will make one podcast throughout the term. These ~5-10 minute "screen capture" podcasts will be posted online and available for viewing by the class.

Environmental Economics Final Policy Paper
Aaron Swoboda, Carleton College
You work for the US Secretary of Energy. Your job is to make a recommendation to the administration regarding a specific policy of your choice (as long as it is applicable to energy economics). The target audience of the paper is the United States Secretary of Energy and should be readily understandable by politicians, economists, and scientists. Your paper should be thoroughly researched and accompanied by scholarly references. The paper must be less than 10 pages long, not including title page, tables, figures, references, etc. A good paper will have the following things in it, they may not be explicitly labeled, but they will be within the paper. Title Page- Table of Contents -should include list of figures, etc. Executive Summary (no more than one page) - This is a brief synopsis of your important findings. This is the only part that most people read, so it had better have all of the important information and findings. Introduction/Background - Keep it to the point. What background knowledge does the reader need to understand the rest of the document? Think of this as framing the paper. Problem Statement - This doesn't have to be its own section, but you had better be able to point to it somewhere. What problem are you trying to solve? Analysis of Options - Describe the options available to solve the problem. How well do they achieve the goal of fixing your stated problem? What are their shortfalls? Recommendation - Tell me which policy you recommend to solve the problem. How does it solve the problem? What are your concerns? What are its shortfalls? End Notes References

Group enzyme mechanism problem set
Joe Chihade, Carleton College
Students design a poster presentation describing a "classic" enzyme and discussing results of an assigned literature paper in light of what is known about that enzyme.

Problem set on enzyme kinetics and inhibition
Joe Chihade, Carleton College
This is one of a series of regular problem sets in the course.

Biochemistry oral presentations
M. Nidanie Henderson, Carleton College
Although the research article is the standard method of communicating scientific discoveries, oral and poster presentations are commonly used, too. Typically, these methods are more conversational, allowing for discussion of techniques, methods, and results. A presentation at a meeting can give an investigator a prime opportunity to assess how his or her work might be received and accepted in the community. It also may provide leads for different experiments and highlight weakness of the approach or experiment. To make certain that your team is on track for your mid-term and final laboratory reports, you will give a 15 minute Power-Point presentation the week before your report is due. These presentations will be created in-class from templates I provide for you.

Short writing assignment for English 114
George Shuffelton, Carleton College
This short assignment asks students to rewrite a familiar story according to some of the conventions of medieval epic.

Staffing and Management Assignment
aaron rushing, Carleton College
You just graduated from Carleton and are hired at your hometown High School as the Head Coach of your sport. Complete the following tasks.

Argument Analysis: Kraut on Happiness
Daniel Groll, Carleton College
Students are asked to reconstruct an argument from a brief passage in a paper. They are then asked to offer what they take the best objection to that argument to be. Desired outcomes are described in "Assignment Goals"

Philosophy paper: the (im)permissibility of abortion.
Daniel Groll, Carleton College
This is a 5-page philosophy papers. Students must clearly state their thesis and then argue for it, using the texts we read in class. The intended outcomes are the same as those described in the "Assignment Goals".