Pol 150: Research tips

For tips on how to find scholarly articles, see Research & Writing, and scroll down to “How to Find Sources”—noting especially the bit about how “Google Scholar is your friend.”

For tips on how to cite scholarly articles, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab Research and Writing Citation Sources (pick any of the three styles: MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual of Style) or the University of Wisconsin Writer’s Handbook Documentation (again, pick one of the styles).

Note that when I ask for an abstract or summary of an article, I DO NOT expect you to write it yourself; instead, simply copy and paste it as it appears on your screen.

For tips on how to cite laws, proposed laws, and court decisions, see How to Cite Legal Materials or Citing Legal Materials in APA Style. (Note that if you follow the methods noted, it will be apparent to your reader (me) if the law or decision is state or federal.)

For how to cite a regulation, see the APA Style Blog The Rules for Federal Regulations.

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Leh 355 S15 quiz guide

Here she be. Twenty questions will be chose from this list.

Remember, if we do not get to gene transfer in lecture, no gene transfer questions will appear on the quiz.

1. What is a gene?
2. What is an allele?
3. How many chromosomes total are contained in a cell of a member of Homo sapiens?
4. Which chromosome has the most genes and which chromosome has the fewest genes?
5. What are the base pairs of nucleotides in DNA? [spell out the words and put in pairs]
6. What is mapping?
7. What is sequencing?
8. Approximately how many genes are there in a member of Homo sapiens?
9. Distinguish between Mendelian and multifactorial traits.
10. Genes and/or traits which do not contribute to reproductive fitness may be what?
11. Traits such as personality, intelligence, & other behavioral characteristics are likely what kind of traits?
12. Gene transfer in which gametes are affected (i.e., changes passed to offspring) are known as what?
13. What is a basic problem to overcome in gene transfer?
14. List a chromosomal abnormality and its associated syndrome.
15. Name one way a chromosomal or genetic anomaly may contribute to intersex characteristics.
16. What are the three characteristics unique to all stem cells?
17. What are the three types of stem cells? [spell out the types]
18. What is pluripotency and how does it differ from multipotency?
19. What specifically is a teratoma and why does it matter in stem cell research?
20. What are the three germ layers?
21. Name one problem associated with the research or use of ESCs.
22. Name one problem associated with the research or use of  iPSCs.
23. Name one problem associated with the research or use of ASCs.
24 & 25. What are the five (or so) steps involved in ART? [simply name steps]
26. How does the process of intracytoplasmic sperm injection differ from that of in vitro fertilization?
27. What is the process of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and why is it used?
28. Name a risk associated with the use or interpretation of preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
29. Name one type of prenatal test and what it may reveal.
30. Name a risk associated with the use or interpretation of a prenatal test [name the specific test]
31. What is somatic cell nuclear transfer?
32. Name one problem or obstacle to be overcome in reproductive cloning.
33.  Distinguish between in vivo and in vitro.

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Pol 150: Project 1

Class, I made a mistake: the first project is due NEXT Thursday, February 26, NOT today.

Again, the paper is due next week, after we’ve returned to class.

I’m very sorry for the error—and for any anxiety I may have caused.

See you next week!

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Pol 266 Essay 3

Your answer should be typed, 6-8 double-space pages, and include a source citation for any ‘outside’ examples. No title pages, please: just put your name on the top of the first page. Answer ALL of the following questions in one continuous essay.

Due Thursday, December 18.

1. Banerjee & Duflo note there are two basic approaches to developmental economics: the supply-wallah side, often associated with Sachs, and the demand-wallah side, associated with Easterly. Describe each of these sides, and describe how each would approach a specific problem in TWO of the following fields a) hunger; b) public health; c) education; d) family planning;.
2. I noted in class that the risk management techniques of the very poor are different from those with more resources, in particular with regard to buffers, barriers, and liquidity. Discuss why each of these matters, and specific ways the poor may manage each of these issues.
3. What are some of the explanations offered as to why countries are poor? How does the work of Banerjee & Duflo fit into or respond to these various explanations? Which explanation(s), covered in both chapter 10 and in lecture, make the most sense to you? Why?
4. Banerjee & Duflo argue that politics is an obstacle to, rather than a way to enable, good policy—a view at odds with Crick’s insistence on the role of politics in creating the conditions for a good life. Explain why Banerjee & Duflo’s (or any) “anti-political” approach might be the best way to deal with entrenched social problems such as poverty, discrimination (of any sort), cultural conflict, etc. Then, relying on Crick, explain how an expressly political approach could work best. Which approach—anti-political, political, or combination—would you recommend to deal with such problems? Explain.

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Pol 266: Politics & culture, essay 2

Hi all. I just got a question on how to approach the second set of essay questions, and decided to share my suggestions:

As to how to approach the questions, well, the readings should help, as the Qutb/Hyde (remember, you need only read one of the two), the McClay, all of the readings from Okin’s Multiculturalism book, and Antigone, go to the general issue of the appropriate balance between cultural and political authority. The Qutb/Hyde & McClay readings are likely to be of more help for the first question, the readings from the Okin book for the second, Antigone for either/both, and the Coates readings for the third.

Now, you can use the readings however you want, but this approach seems pretty straightforward, and gives you plenty—but not too much—to work with for each question.

I also want to add: don’t forget about lecture—we covered this these questions (in various ways) during our discussions.

And a reminder of the questions themselves:

[Major] How ought political authorities negotiate amongst ethnic & religious cultures?
[Major] Should the same rules or laws apply to everyone, or should there be different rules for different groups?
[Minor] How does your own understanding of our culture(s) affect how you view cultural claims for political exemptions?
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Leh 355: Bioethics quiz study guide

Hello all.

I’m sorry this a day late: I worked a long day yesterday at my second job and was, as the Brits say, thoroughly knackered.

Also, If we don’t get through all of the remaining material on Tuesday, I’ll simply push back the quiz date by one (course) day. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure we have enough time to cover everything we need to cover.

In any case, here are the list of possible questions; twenty will appear on the quiz.

1. What is a gene?
2. What is an allele?
3. How many chromosomes total are contained in a cell of a member of Homo sapiens?
4. Which chromosome has the most genes and which chromosome has the fewest genes?
5. What are the base pairs of nucleotides in DNA? [spell out the words and put in pairs]
6. What is mapping?
7. What is sequencing?
8. To what does phenotype refer?
9. Approximately how many genes are there in a member of Homo sapiens?
10. Genes and/or traits which do not contribute to reproductive fitness may be what?
11. Traits such as personality, intelligence, & other behavioral characteristics are likely what kind of traits?
12. What is heterozygosity and why does it matter?
13. What is a basic problem to overcome in gene transfer?
14. List a chromosomal abnormality and its associated syndrome.
15. Name one way a chromosomal or genetic anomaly may contribute to intersex characteristics.
16. What are the three characteristics unique to all stem cells?
17. What are the three types of stem cells? [spell out the types]
18. What is pluripotency and how does it differ from multipotency?
19. What is a teratoma and why does it matter in stem cell research?
20. What is the purpose of the feeder cell layer?
21. What are the three germ layers?
22. Name one problem associated with iPSCs.
23. Name one problem associated with ASCs.
24 & 25. What are the five (or so) steps involved in ART? [simply name steps]
26. How does the process of intracytoplasmic sperm injection differ from that of in vitro fertilization?
27. What is the process of preimplantation genetic diagnosis?
28. Name one reason why someone  may choose to use PGD.
29. Name one type of prenatal test and what it may reveal
30. What is the process of cryopreservation?
31. What is somatic cell nuclear transfer?
32. Name one problem or obstacle to be overcome in reproductive cloning.
33.  Distinguish between in vivo and in vitro.

 

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Pol 266, politics & culture: LINK UPDATE

I just noticed that the link I had provided to the Bernard Crick text, In Defence of Politics, was broken.

It is now fixed, and you can find it on at the class page, http://coursesandquestions.com/pol-266-course-outline-s09/ .

Or you can just CLICK HERE to get to it. Do note that you are given a number of options, in the “view the book” frame, on how you want to, y’know, view the book.

In any case, I’m sorry for the broken link and any frustration it may have caused. If you run across another link-break, lemme know ASAP.

(Oh, and yes, I did change the design. It had been a coupla’ years. . . .)

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