In my evolution lab we are preparing for the "Great Debate.” Our class will be split into two groups, with one group representing those supporting the current scientific views on evolution and the other group representing those supporting creationist views on the issue of evolution. We have been assigned literature to study for the debate which will be scored based on substantiated arguments. I am not sure which side I will be assigned to, but it should definitely be interesting. We also have our fourth and last lecture exam of the course in a few days so I'll be busy studying much earlier than usual this week. We received guest lectures on topics such as phylogenetic trees (with an emphasis on fungi) and evolution related to morphology (with an emphasis on reptiles and especially lizards) last week, so the range of material might make it challenging.
I have recently finished my forest ecology paper on how urban forestry
can affect the air quality of dense metropolitan areas! I am waiting to
receive the draft back for edits, but I am very happy that one of three
of my papers is nearly done. There will be
student project presentations in class this week and that will conclude
the course for the semester.
I have finished my research for my international security and US-Latin
American relations papers, so I just have to put the time in to write
them! Hopefully I'll be able to put together a draft by the end of the
week and then I can meet with my professors to
receive any recommendations. I've learned that utilizing professor
office hours to review your work before submitting a paper is a great
advantage. Can't wait to be done with this week! December always goes by
like a blur given how busy things can get...