Physics 576B/Chemistry 560A/Bioengineering 599T/Physics 428B
Course Requirements Spring 2010
26 March 2010
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- An electronic
Drop-box has be created where you may
submit your reports. The preferred
format is a pdf file with title [yourname]_assignment.pdf (e.g.
M_Olmstead_Literature.pdf). You may email your reports to Prof.
Olmstead or bring them
to class on a memory stick to transfer to her computer if
you have difficulties with the site, but the
electronic site is
- "Less than
or equal to 3 pages" is
defined in the standard NSF grant manner -- at least 2.5 cm margins, no
more than 6 lines/2.5 cm vertically or 15 characters/2.5 cm
horizontally (i.e., ≥10 point
type). You may include one extra page for
figures and/or references and bibliography.
Written products (details include
in-class requirements as well):
- Class Participation (details) [20
- short questions on WebQ based on each
[due within a week of each
presentation; submitted on web-based form, for which you will receive
an email with a link (and which also lists the due-date)]
- Class Presentation (details) [20 pts total,
including oral presentation]
- ≤ one-page summary or abstract of the presentation,
to be posted on the course web page, submitted as
The summary should include the main references used for the
presentation and any readings for the class to complete or browse
before the presentation.
[due one week before
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- copy of viewgraphs, powerpoint file, or other materials used in
submitted as a group
[due by June 7; DropBox
- Three Short Reports (each
maximum three pages in length) (details)
[20 pts each]
- [due weeks 5, 7,
NOTE: You may
submit your reports in any order (i.e. switch deadlines among the
reports), but one report must be turned in by April 30; two by May 14;
all three by May 28]
Report on Current Literature by a CNT
faculty member or one of our
speakers [due May 14]
Report on Nanotechnology Product
[due May 3]
Report on Nanotechnology-related seminar
presentation [due May 28]
- [In general, it
is recommended you
write the report within one week of the seminar]
(20 points total)
participation refers to your:
- Participation in class discussions
- Completion of web-based questions
on outside presentations (by UW faculty and staff)
- Completion of web-based
evaluations of student presentations (by other class members -- not
Your class participation should
the readings (if any) and presentations. You are expected to
any assigned reading(s) before each class, to ask questions of the
guest lecturers, and to participate in class discussions.
A web-based questionnaire will be
available after each class. These
will contain at a minimum some basic questions general to all
presentations, and often 1-2 questions by the speaker that may be
answered from the material presented in class or from the
readings. If you miss a presentation, you should still do the
readings (or research the speaker's website) and answer the questions
based on the readings.
The WebQ's will be available for one
week after each presentation.
As part of your class participation
you will evaluate
each student presentation other than your own. This form is to
the web page by the Monday following the presentation. (Because your
grades are affected by this rating, no delays are possible. If you miss
a class presentation, turn in an evaluation of the readings.)
same rating to all criteria and/or all respondents does not qualify as
a fair or thoughtful evaluation.
(20 points total)
Each student will
make a class presentation. Students will
work in teams of 2-5 people depending on the size of the
presentations should take about half the 80 minute class period,
Students must agree among themselves
division of labor for all of the steps below since your grade on
the class presentation will be graded jointly with your
co-presenters. If after reaching this
difficulties arise, please communicate with the instructor before
the graded activities (writing of the abstract and list of readings,
are due. If you wish separate evaluations and grading of your
presentation, this must be communicated before your presentation.
You will be graded on your in class
evaluated by both your peers
and the instructor, abstract and choice of assigned readings.
Because many students have never made
presentation, the steps are detailed below.
You should keep in mind the evaluation form of the presentation as you
prepare each of the steps below.
1. Select a
topic. We will discuss a list of topics the first weeks of
class. Students will rank their choice of presentation topics,
but the instructor will make the final decision based on having
interdisciplinary groups work together. The specific
topic(s) covered by your presentations are chosen by your
group, in consultation with the instructor. Groups will be
assigned in class Thursday, April 23.
2. Decide on partition of
your group. Meet as a group to define the topic and subdivide
the effort. Set definite times for meetings and deadlines for
parts of the presentation.
3. Find background material.
a computer library search. Review reference lists of materials
by guest speakers -- these may lead you to other
You may also consult with the instructor.
4. Consult with the instructor
approach you want to take and the readings that you want to include in
your presentation and assign for students to read before class.
5. Select the bibliography.
should be selected because of centrality to the issue and to the
that you want to pursue, it should serve to frame your presentation.
need not be in agreement with each other, when this is the case you
address in your presentation these disagreements or discrepancies.
Supplemental readings may be selected to clarify, expand,
etc. the core reading(s). Determine which material should be read
by the entire class before your presentation.
6. Decide on the format of the
Presentations can follow any format: lecture, conference-style with a
or powerpoint, demonstrations, video, etc.
what feels most appropriate to the task; feel free to consult with the
instructor about this.
7. Prepare the one-page abstract
of the presentation.
Describe your presentation in less than 200 words. You should
the major topics to be discussed and enough information to guide the
as they read the assigned material before your presentation. This
abstract, to be submitted
electronically, is due one week
before the presentation and will be
posted on the class web page.
8. Prepare the list of assigned
The list of readings should be prepared in American Institute of
style. For each
include a one sentence summary of what the students should concentrate
on in the reading. The list should be included in the abstract, submitted
electronically one week before the presentation and will be posted
on the class web page.
ONE WEEK BEFORE THE PRESENTATION
major references used for your presenation, and the reading assignment
for the class.
or directly on the class GoPost.
four copies of each reading
not available electronically to class. These will be placed in
reserve in Prof. Olmstead's office.
materials lent to you that you decided to assign as readings.
as a group to practice your
5. Let Prof. Olmstead know if you will
require any resources other than an overhead or a computer projector
for your presentation so that she may
NOTE: Your group
should aim to fill 25-30 minutes followed by 10-15 min discussion
(total of half the 80 minute class period). Assume
read the assigned material, and divide time fairly between
topics/students. Narrow your topic until it fits.
1. Introduction. Each
begin with an introduction of the topic. A rationale/context should be
provided for the
choice of the readings.
2. Main Body of
- Format You are free to format the presentation
in any way you feel is most effective. You may have a single
present the entire report, or divide the time among yourselves.
of the format that you choose, the content of the presentation should
the items listed in the next bullet.
the relevant materials in the readings,
and delineate differences among them. You can go from the broad to the
detailed or vice versa. Feel free to draw comparison between your
others assigned in the course.
- Content. Address all of the following:
- a description of the science underlying the lecture topic.
- a description of the applications of this science to your
chosen topic area
- a description of the possible societal and/or ethical impact of
3. Class Discussion.
Facilitate all students’
participation. Be sure to pay attention to all students’ contributions.
If someone has not participated you may want to be particularly
of their participation. Answer questions clearly and succinctly.
4. Please upload a copy of your
presentation slides to either the DropBox
or class GoPost.
Short reports [20 points each]
Each student will
prepare three short reports with
a maximum of three pages each.
Reports should be submitted electronically, preferably through CollectIt.
scanner in the Physics Department office, should you need to
convert hard copy to pdf.
Each should be on a different topic (i.e., don't pick a paper and
seminar on the same science) -- prefereably one on medical/bio; one on
materials/electronics; one on environment/chemistry. A grading
rubric is shown below. Note also that up to 2 pts will be taken
off for incomplete or improper referencing.
Before you start, browse this discussion of proper referencing and
plagiarism from the University of North Carolina:
NOTE: Your papers need to
be a synthesis, and not just a cut and paste of other people's
You may start from Wikipedia, but that should NOT be your final source
for any information. It needs to be clear to the reader that you
understand what you are discussing.
1. Report on Nanotechnology Product [due Friday April 30]
This report will
be a review of a product or application (either currently available or
expected to come to market in the next year) that uses
nanotechnology. This could be anything from a medical diagnostic
to improved golf balls. One possible source of ideas is the Nanotechnology
Consumer Products Inventory compiled by the Project on Emerging
Nanotechnologies of the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars.
- (5 pts) a description of the science underlying the application.
- (3 pts) a description of how nanotechnology impacts this product
- (3 pts) how was the product developed? how is it made?
- (3 pts) estimates of how this product is/will be used; how large
- (3 pts) what are the long/short term impacts on society of this
- (3 pts) What problems might there be with disposal of this
its useful life? Does "nano" make these problems better or worse?
Current Literature from UW
[report due Friday,
assignment, you will
choose 1 archival, non-review paper from the current (2007 or later)
literature. At least
one co-author must be a member of the UW
Center for Nanotechnology. However, the paper may
include as an author anyone with whom you have personally worked.
It is recommended, but not required, that you pick a paper by one of
≤ 3 page
report should include:
- (1 pt)
Citation (Title, Authors, Author Affiliation, Journal, Page and Volume,
- (6 pts) A
the major results of the paper, in your OWN words -- DON'T just
rephrase the abstract.
pts) Describe the methodology (how they
grew and characterized samples or did their calculation)
- (3 pts) A
summary of how the paper fits into current knowledge -- this will
include reading through a couple of the main references in the
paper. If the paper is more than a few months old, you should
also check the Web of Science Citation Index for papers that cite the
paper you chose.
- (2 pts) A
of a follow-up experiment or calculation to test or utilize the
conclusions of the paper.
- (4 pts) A referee
report on the paper, for example using the Physical
Form. You are welcome to use the report form for the journal
your paper is from (in general available through the journal's web
page), if the PRL form doesn't seem appropriate. Note that even
though the paper you are reporting on has already made it into print
does not necessarily mean that there aren't still mistakes or unclear
parts. You can also just fully praise the article if you think it
is really excellent.
attach a copy of the article to your report if it is not readily
available electronically. If it is available, please give the web
link or attach a pdf.
3. Summary of Seminar or Colloquium
[due May 28, but recommended to be turned in within 1 week of seminar]
For this report
your seminar is not part of the NT seminar series, please clear the
seminar with Prof. Olmstead before
beginning your report]
The report should
- Attend a seminar on campus
or an invited talk at a conference on a topic related to this class
list on home page for seminars).
- Write up a summary of the
talk (2-3 pages).
- Compose a thoughtful question
about the talk and pose it to the presenter, either in the
question period, in person after the seminar, or by phone or email
during the week following the seminar (in person is fine if the speaker
- Attach the question and a
summary of the speaker's answer to your report. If the speaker
won't or can't answer your question, ask at least one other expert whom
you think could do so, and report on their answer.
and affiliation of speaker
- (2 pts) The
("take-home message") of the presentation
pts) Summary of
the essential information in their presentation
pts) Methods used
in collecting (or generating) the information presented.
results and conclusions of the presentation.
Critique of material presented -- did the results support the
conclusions? were the experiments or calculations complete?
where does the presentation fall on the relevant scale of good
science/clever engineering/broad impact?
- (2 pts)
Critique of the way in which the material was presented -- was it
accessible to someone with your background? was the material
presented clearly and logically?
- (2 pts)
the speaker, and the speaker's answer. Your question should
demonstrate some knowledge or curiosity about the results, and require
a more than few word answer (for example -- Don't ask, "At which
you grow your samples?" A somewhat better
question is "If you increase the temperature, in which way do you
expect the results of your experiment to change?" Still better is
"I would think that increasing the diffusion rate during deposition by
increasing the deposition temperature should increase the spacing
nanodots. Is that a viable solution to the problem of cross-talk
that you presented? Why or why not?"
If you find you did not take good
enough notes for all the information you need, you can check the
person's web site, read his or her papers or email the speaker some
questions. If there is one part of an otherwise clear seminar you
just didn't understand, go ahead and leave that out.
- Also, please attach a copy
of the published abstract for the talk (or copy of the seminar
Local seminars likely to have a talk involving nanotechnology are
linked to the main course web page.
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