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Fall 2016-2017
* STC 349 / ENV 349 (STN)   na, npdf

Writing about Science

Michael D. Lemonick

This course will teach STEM & non-STEM majors how to write about research in STEM fields with clarity and a bit of flair. Goal will be to learn to convey technical topics to non-experts in a compelling, enjoyable way while staying true to the underlying facts, context and concepts. We'll do this through readings, class discussion, encounters with professional writers and journalists of all sorts, across several different media. Most important of all, students will practice what they learn in frequent writing assignments that will be critiqued extensively by an experienced science journalist.

Sample reading list:
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015
Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Michale D. Lemonick, Mirror Earth
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly Paper (500 words); Midterm Paper (1500 words); Final Paper (3000 words)

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Must have fulfilled writing requirement.

Other information:
30% other short writing assignments

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23129 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:17 Limit:20 Closed