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Eureka!: The Rhetoric of the Scientist

PWR 2JS - Spring 2014 - Instructor: Jennifer Stonaker
Last Updated: 11-Apr-2014

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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Books and reference sources

Selected books

New York : Wiley, c1992.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Currently available by paging only » Q175.37 .B45 1992
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2002.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Currently available by paging only » Q175.52 .U5 T54 2002
London : Profile Books, 2011.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q175.37 .B76 2011
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Currently available by paging only » RA638 .M675 2011
1st ed. New York : PublicAffairs, c2012.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Currently available by paging only » Q175.52 .U5 B47 2012
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Currently available by paging only » Q175.52 .U5 S38 1997
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » Q175.52 .U5 P37 2000

Selected reference sources for biographical information

Use these sources to research biographical information on scientists or find background information on scientific topics.

Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale Virtual Reference Library, c2008.
Premium collection Oxford ; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, c2002-

Media

Selected media

[Full screen version]. [United States] : Universal Home Video, [2002]
Green Library » Media & Microtext Center (Lower level) » ZDVD 4146
Collector's ed.; full screen Universal City, CA : Universal, c2000.
Green Library » Media & Microtext Center (Lower level) » ZDVD 3520
[Standard format], Two-disc special ed. New York : Kino International, 2010.
Green Library » Media & Microtext Center (Lower level) » ZDVD 24885

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