The penultimate class

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Final book presentations:

Malik Diop-Hall (“Playing God”)

Kirby Farineau (“Pale Blue Dot”)

Riley Murtagh (“Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain”)

Vanessa Gleiser (“Animal Factory”)


Final exam

Sara and I will distribute the final exam at 2 p.m. on Thursday; we also will email it to you.

The bulk of the exam (at least 50 percent) will be to write a story based on a mock press conference that will be held during Thursday’s class. The press conference will feature Jeffrey Elhai of VCU. He will discuss research he is planning regarding the genetic engineering of crops. Jeff will give you a presentation on this subject and then answer your questions. This will take place from 2:15 to approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The remaining part of the exam will be to answer some short essay questions.

You will have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to complete the exam. The exam will be open-book, open-notes; you may use online resources to write your story and answer the essay questions. However, there are two stipulations: 1) You must not collaborate with another student in the course on the exam; and 2) you must not contact Jeff Elhai for follow-up information. If you feel you need additional information from Jeff, make a note of that in your story. The length of your final story should be at least 500 words. You don’t need to shoot photos for your story, but we will ask you to describe a picture or two that you feel would best illustrate your article.

You will email your completed exam (one document that contains both your story and your essay answers) to Jeff South by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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