Junior Lab just finished it's second week. (You can read about our Open Notebook Science Junior Lab course in prior blog.) I'm excited that I get to teach it a 4th time, despite being told that this would not be possible last year. This year, we have 19 students -- 3 more than the "maximum." Since I interact with each student one-on-one, It's going to be a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. I have an excellent TA, Katie Richardson, who already has provided good ideas for the course. She suggested promoting interaction early on, so that lectures will be more likely to involve student questions. So, the first "real" lecture was earlier this week, and we did a fun exercise, brainstorming on what is needed to carry out "good" science. You can see our exercise on the OpenWetWare page. I also posted this to the Science 2.0 room on friendfeed, and I'll embed the thread below if I can figure out how. It was not a "good" scientific exercise, but I was still very happy that "reproducibility" (loosely-defined) emerged as the ingredient with the most votes. This led naturally to discussion of how to keep a good primary lab notebook. OK, hopefully more to come on my other blogs!
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