TOPIC DEFINITION: For the second assignment in the Human Diversity Project, you should further research your assigned phenotype (you will get a comment on the previous assignment that directs you to one phenotype, based on non-overlap with other students and how realistic/easy it will be to do for this project). In this assignment, you'll start to connect alleles with the observed diversity in the human population.
For your assigned phenotype/gene, you should research which alleles exist in the human population that correspond to the variability we see in humans for the phenotype. To find information on this, you might google "alleles for X", "gene mutation for X", or "genetic variability causing X" where X is your human phenotype of interest.
You will also evaluate your sources for reliability using guidance from this website: https://www.library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content
The output for this assignment should be a description of the gene product and how it affects human phenotype; what allele(s) exist and how they lead to differences in the gene product; a list of each source in APA format (see this description https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide) along with an analysis of the source reliability. I suggest writing this in a document on your computer and then copy/pasting into the textbox so you don't lose any information if the internet reboots. You can use the template below:
INFO SHEET FINAL:Based on feedback from the draft sheet, you should revise your info-brochure and finalize your submission for display in Gelb. Please make sure the .pdf has the formatting correct before you submit for printing!
CLASS PRESENTATION: For this portion of the Human Diversity Project, you should prepare an oral presentation for class where you can demonstrate your ability to describe your topic in your own words. You should also prepare visuals which will help with your presentation - use a powerpoint and submit it here so I can have them all uploaded on my computer for smooth technology during the presentations. These will be brief summaries, so make sure you practice to ensure you can cover everything in these! You will have 5 minutes: 4 minutes to formally present and 1 for additional questions.
In this presentation, you should include the following aspects:
Identify/describe human trait (2)
Citations and academic integrity: As always, adhering to the Academy’s policy on academic integrity is of upmost importance. As this project involves independent research, you must be particularly careful to take the time to properly reference the resources you consult. Please remember:
Don't forget to critically assess each source that you use, whether a website, a print book, a journal article, or an interview.
A common way to think about each source is to run through a mnemonic device such as "A,B,C,D."
Authority - does the author have the credentials to express the opinions given?
Bias - is the material presented in a neutral way or lean liberal or conservative?
Currency - is the material presenting the most recent and up-to-date information on the subject?
Documentation - are the claims made in the text backed up with references and citations to other works?