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Astrobiology, Fall 2005 Science Paper Seminar You can work in groups of 3-4 for this project. As a group you must choose one of the science papers from the journal Astrobiology. There are two types of papers from this journal, research papers and hypothesis papers. The research papers focus on a study with experimental evidence to support the researcher’s findings. The hypothesis papers focus on an idea that is not necessarily testable by current research methods but can be explored using other known models. Dates to be aware of: Wed. October 26-papers handed out Mon. October 31-choose a paper Wed. November 1-progress check Wed. November 9-presentations You will need to be familiar with the abstracts from all of the science papers BEFORE the groups present their summary reports. Your presentation may be made with one person as the “lead” speaker or each person speaking on a section. Please include at least one visual image to accompany your presentation. Your goal in the presentation is to convey the key ideas and conclusions from the paper that you have read. Your group will also need to submit a written summary of the presentation and be sure to address the questions below. Research Paper questions: 1. What is the background information that a reader needs to know to understand the purpose of the study or focus of the paper? 2. What is the purpose of the study? What are the real questions being investigated? 3. What types of experiments (materials and methods section) were done to address the question? 4. What were the results or findings from the experiments? What conclusions were drawn? Hypothesis Paper questions: 1. What is the background information that a reader needs to know to understand the purpose of the study or focus of the paper? 2. What is the purpose of the study? What are the real questions being investigated? 3. What models are the basis for this idea/hypothesis? Since this replaces the experimental portion, what evidence is supporting this hypothesis? 4. What conclusions were drawn?
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