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  • October 10, 2017

    Oct 17

    The reviews seemed to go well today.  There was no fighting or crying due to harsh critiques. 

    Be sure to incorporate your peer reviews and my comments into your new and improved paper.  I look at your draft, the comments and your final version all at the same time to see how well you responded to the reviews.

    You have the peer reviews already. Mine have been emailed to you.

    Next week starts the 10 minute talk based on your paper. See HERE for the schedule. Your final draft must be turned in by class time on the day of your talk.


  • October 4, 2017

    Viewing #2

    I have found one more chance to look through the telescope if you wish but I need to know soon how many. Thursday October 12 at 830. You may bring one guest.  If y'all prefer the 12th and it is clear we will not do the 25th. 


  • October 4, 2017

    Oct 10

    You should have been emailed the papers you need to review.  Instructions are HERE.

    Send reviews to authors AND me by class time.  We will get into groups and discuss your papers.

    The one minute talks were good. Some of you had trouble stopping. As a long-winded professor, I understand, but that is all the more reason you need to practice brevity.


  • September 28, 2017

    Viewing Session

    I have scheduled Wednesday, October 25 at 8:30 pm to look through the 24-inch telescope.  Please let me know if you can make it.  If there are not enough of the class we will cancel it.  If it is cloudy we will try to reschedule.


  • September 28, 2017

    Oct 3

    One minute talks on your Individual Project.  Y'all have been excellent about your time restrictions, but ... this time I will use a timer and cut you off, so rehearse at least once.

    Rough draft must be emailed to me as .doc or .docx form by class time.  I will sort you into review groups and send your group the manuscript that day so I need all of them!

    Grades posted with their explanation.


  • September 19, 2017

    Sept 26

    The last of the group talks next week and I think they have been pretty solid so far. My one comment would be to try to blend the pieces so the whole thing makes a narrative. Within a group there should not be be jumping back and forth, repeating or lack of connection between the material. Some of you mentioned that actual time together rather than just texting might have made for a better talk. I agree.

    On a more personal note, let me say I got pretty excited when the H-R diagrams got displayed.  Those are bread and butter to a stellar astronomer.

    The critiques have been sent.

    The week after next we start your individual projects which will dig deeper into astronomy. That will include a paper and a talk.  Read THIS where it tells you that you need to pick a topic by next week.  Then read THIS to see what happens on Oct 3 and HERE for hints on how to write the paper.  Note: a good rough draft must be done by Oct 3 so manage your time!

    When you have chosen a topic and it is approved your name will appear in red next to it on the topics page.


  • September 14, 2017

    Sept 19

    More group talks.  The Schedule is HERE.  Please remember to send a copy of your presentation to me by Sunday night.  If you have seen your grades some of you know that if you miss deadlines you don't get full credit.

    The Irma afffected new syllabus is HERE.  

    Cassini plunges into Saturn tomorrow morning.  Sigh.  Now we need to visit Europa or Enceladus and drilll a deep hole.


  • September 10, 2017


    So global warming rears her ugly head in the form of Irma. Since there is no class on the 12th we will shift the group talks one week further into the term. That will give y'all more time to get your talks ready and to get together to practice them!  A revised Group Talk schedule and new syllabus are posted.


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