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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - One week after our intense but extremely productive workshop, I find one of the most useful experiences was writing my reflections after each presentation. Thanks to that exercise, I  was able to recall some important aspects of the meeting I otherwise would have forgotten. As a result, I've decided to keep a journal of my progress with my research problem. My comments will be brief but will hopefully serve as a reminder of things I have done and need to do.

Since the meeting, I have continued my search through the educational literature that would apply to the teaching and learning of DNA structure and gene expression. I have an ever growing pile of papers and additional references, including some potentially useful websites. To date, I have yet to find a research project that is directly asking my question. This is encouraging since I do not want to have a project that is placed in the "But, we already knew that" category.

I have a meeting at 3pm with Elizabeth Evans, a colleague who is very interested in assessment and was attending an assessment workshop while I was at ASM.

I discovered that my Department Chairman, Dr. Don Korte, is still Chair of the IRB committee. I will be sending him my little powerpoint and see what he says about what I need to put together for the IRB committee later today.

I rewrote the objectives for my science major microbiology course and identified 4 broad objectives that I want the students to have at the end of the semester. I will write more specific objectives for the DNA portion of the course this academic year.