Thursday, February 19, 2015

Confronting academic snobbery

Those in my classes will know that I believe in respecting students and colleagues, even when their point of view differs from mine. I don't believe that good research or good education can emerge from an atmosphere of snobbery.

The article below was interesting.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

First GL 4003 exam

Global Change
First Midterm Exam

Professor Womersley

Due Thursday February 26th by email

This is a take-home exam. Answer all questions, showing work where necessary to demonstrate skills or learning, diagrams if asked or if it helps. If you don’t know or can’t work out an answer, put down what you do know. You may research answers.  You may discuss them with the instructor. You may not confer with other students. Submit electronically, multiple files allowed including statistical files in JMP, Excel, or Smith’s. Use PowerPoint for posters unless alternately agreed with the instructor.

Exam is 20% of grade for class, 10% given for each problem below

  1. Access climate data using one of the web sites shown in class. Explore the data using a data analysis package such as .jmp or Smith’s Statistical Package. Develop a hypothesis relating to the data that can be tested using the package. Perform an inferential statistical analysis to test the hypothesis. Report the results, including the exploratory statistics. Discuss

  1. Create a poster explaining the one of the following at the high school science level:
    1. The Callendar Effect
    2. Earth’s radiation energy balance
    3. Tyndall’s experiments
    4. Keeling’s curve