Eureka!: The Rhetoric of the Scientist
What does it mean to be a scientist? For many it means an older, white male who wears a lab coat, stirs foul smelling chemicals in beakers, and periodically shouts "Eureka!" Yet most practicing scientists would dismiss this description as an inaccurate stereotype. Students will explore arguments from a variety of primary and secondary source materials to provide a framework for constructing their own research-based arguments on a topic of interest. Source materials used in class will include Chamber's "Stereotypic Images of the Scientist: The Draw-A-Scientist Test," Aschwanden's rules for detecting gender bias in articles about female scientists in "The Finkbeiner Test," and essays and video clips from "scientific celebrities" such as Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson and the MythBusters.
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Use these sources to research biographical information on scientists or find background information on scientific topics.