IS1001 – First-Year Seminar – Fall 2006

Bottom dwellers in an ocean of air

Announcements and News


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jamboree page and project page have been updated.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A classification of clouds (PowerPoint) and examples of the use of weather in the fine arts (PowerPoints, credits to members of section 021) have been posted in the documents section.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The jamboree page has been updated, as well as the project showcase.


Monday, November 27, 2006

The Jamboree is coming close. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the Jamboree section.

Set-up for the jamboree will be as follows, according to FYS administration:

Hi Everyone,


I want to remind you that the Student Center will be open until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night for your sections to setup their areas for Jamboree. Also, Oyate Hall will be locked at 9:30 p.m. so you and your students don't need to worry about theft or vandelism during the night. The Student Center will be open at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning if your sections need to finish up. I will be there at 7:00 a.m. if anyone needs anything then.


Please call me if you have any questions or concerns.







Friday, November 17, 2006

Jamboree page and Project Page have been updated. Please visit the project showcase.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Jamboree page has been updated, as well as the Project page.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Your essay list is posted in the documents section. Calendar and homework pages are updated.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thanks for the hard work on the Jamboree projects. Next Tuesday will be a conversation with our sustainability coordinator Troy Goodnough.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A link on the US and the Kyoto protocol is posted on the Documents page.


Monday, October 30, 2006

Homework and calendar page have been updated.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Jamboree webpage has been updated.

Please note that Thursday’s meeting will take place in the library.


Monday, October 23, 2006

If you can, please make time to attend the Latterell  Lecture at 5:30 pm in the Science Auditorium. Please note that Dr. Kirsten Jaglo is at the pulse of climate change, since her occupation involves her in the development of US climate change policy.


UMM sustainability coordinator Troy Goodnough is going to talk to us about alternative energy sources and their implementation in Morris on November 7 during our regular class meetings.


The Maya article is due tomorrow.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The documents section and the calendar have been updated.


On Thursday, Dr. Keith Brugger will talk to us about the interpretation of climatic data from the geological record.


Please note the following opportunity:

On behalf of the UMM Biology Discipline, I cordially invite you and your students to attend the 2nd Annual Laterell Lecture, for which we proudly welcome returning alumna, Dr. Kirsten Jaglo, Ph.D.


During her lecture on October 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium,  Kirsten will share insights with us informed by her unique career path in plant molecular biology and U.S. international climate change policy.


Kirsten received her B.A. in Biology from UMM in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics from Michigan State University in 2000, where she specialized in abiotic plant stress.  She held a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 2000-2005, and is currently a AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in the Office of Global Change at the U.S. State Department.  Additionally, she holds four U.S. patents and has a wealth of international experience.

I would say this is an excellent opportunity for some extra credit:  Half-to-one page reflection for 15 points.


Monday, October 09, 2006

The homework page and the schedule has been updated.

The UMM Sustainability coordinator Troy Goodnough has agreed to talk to us about alternative energy sources and their implementation in Morris. The date will be some time in November.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Jamboree page has been updated with our discussions from today. The documents section contains a link to the page on Earth’s history. I hope to supplement that document as we learn more.


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Today’s images and links are posted in the documents section.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Calendar and homework page have been updated.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The movie “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore is showing in the Morris Movie Theater. Tomorrow will be the last day for this movie which is a great fit for our discussions.

Here is the deal: If you have seen it already – great.

I have tickets at a special price (from our FYS budget) for Thursday, September 28. Please let me know as soon as possible whether you will be there at 7 pm to watch the movie – sponsored by UMM. There will be a 15-point extra-credit for anybody who turns in a half-to-one page reflection on the movie by Tuesday.

I will ask in class tomorrow who will be there so the ticket issue can be finalized.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

UMM geology professor Keith Brugger is specializing in Paleoclimate as derived from the observation of prehistoric glaciers. He offered to speak to our class possibly on October 12. Are you interested? Please let me know.


I updated the Jamboree section to include today’s discussions on possible projects.


The project section has been updated.


Friday, September 22, 2006

The links and pictures used yesterday are posted in the documents section.

Calendar and homework page has been updated.

The documents section contains an interesting follow-up article to the Louisiana wetlands discussion.


The field trip for next Tuesday is canceled.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

We need drivers for the 15-passenger Vans for the trip to the WROC weather station next Tuesday. Driver training is taking place on Thursday, September 21, from 4 to 6 pm in the Science Auditorium. If you take this training, you will be permitted to drive the multi=passenger vehicles of UMM for all your time at UMM, which sometimes comes in handy. Please let me know if you would be willing to help out with driving next Tuesday. Thanks.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Homework for Thursday has changed slightly. Please check. Also, a reading homework for Thursday next week is posted.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

An image of the vertical atmosphere model is posted.

Training for the 15passenger Van drivers will take place on Thursday, September 21, from 4-6pm in Sci2950 (Science Auditorium).


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tomorrow we will meet in the class room and take the party outside if the weather permits.

I refined the calendar a little bit with respect to assignments. Please read section 2.1 in the textbook until tomorrow.

We will deal with section 2.2 next Tuesday.

The document section contains a hand-out on how to write a good essay.


Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thanks for the enjoyable discussions today.

If you have not done so yet, please turn in your one-page reflection on our meeting with Governor Blanco during the class meeting next Tuesday.

On Tuesday, we will meet in the library, room 350A, at normal class time.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

If you have not done so yet, please pick up a copy of the National Geographic article “Super Storms” from August 2006 from my office.

Also, check the homework section – there is something due tomorrow.


Friday, September 01, 2006

Hi everybody, tonight two members of the Mythbusters Team will be on campus, with a show at 7:30. They will be available for discussion and questions at 6:30 pm in the Edson Auditorium. Stop by and get to meet them. It should be quite interesting.


Tuesday, September 5: Our class will meet in Sci2190, where we will have the opportunity to talk to the governor of Louisiana.

Remember that the convocation will be taking place at 7 pm in Edson Auditorium. This is in the Student Center. Participation in the Convocation is mandatory.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Today’s PowerPoint is posted, together with a couple of articles from the Times Picayune (New Orleans Newspaper).

Please check the calendar page for homework announcements and meeting places. The next reading assignment is hanging right outside my office door in a folder. Please pick up a copy.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I added a couple of interesting links to the documents section.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Please note the changes in homework assignments. On Tuesday, September 5, we will be able to talk to Governor Blanco during class time, hence we have to prepare for this meeting on Thursday. Check here for a specific location for the meeting next Tuesday.

Today’s PowerPoint presentation is posted in the Documents section.

The library provided us with a special page with links relevant to our topic. You can find it in our reference section.

Office hours have changed slightly compared to syllabus information.



Thursday, August 24, 2006

Check the calendar regularly for changes. At this time, dates still move around. A description for the essays has been posted (homework), as well as a document on class participation (documents)


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The test book will be available in the UMM bookstore probably during the second week of classes, after September 5.

The course syllabus is posted in the documents section.



Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Welcome to the webpage for our section of the First-year seminar. Please check here for anything related to this course: homework, meeting points, newly posted additions to the webpage etc. I am looking forward to meet you soon.


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