Argument for Scientists: AK 2019

Hello folks, and thank you for attending Argument for Scientists in Alaska, 2019. This page serves as the repository for all course PPTs, handouts, and ancillary materials. Because some of this material copywritten, I request that you do not share this page with anyone who was not in attendance at the class. Please feel free to download the materials on this page and use them in your own work.

Why do we write CDs?

Compiled by the planning team. Use to ensure you are selecting ALL relevant purposes for your Refuge to include in the CD.

What are the roles played by each party in writing the CD?
What are the roles played by each party in writing the CD?
What are the legal authorities that help us make CDs?
What are the legal authorities that help us make CDs?
A review of Monday’s lessons.
What are the differences (and similarities) between good scientific writing and clear, defensible arguments?
Argument Structure Infographic
Argument Structure Infographic
A review of Tuesday’s material.

USGS has developed conceptual ecological models for each Refuge. These models can help Refuge Managers identify Refuge resources that may be impacted by uses and can assist in analyzing the impacts of the use. https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1085/

Forecasting statements help organize subsections of a document, like “Anticipated Impacts of Use”.
A review of Wednesday’s material.
A review of Wednesday’s material and some material from the lesson on transitions.
A comparison / contrast brainstorm and organization chart for Gummy Bears and Care Bears.
This analysis shows how uncertainty can arise because of the language we use. When we compare apples to oranges–in this case historic sites, surveyed sites, and known locations–we create confusion about the total number of sites the mussel species can be found.
TA review of Thursday’s lessons.


Together we enjoyed a few videos celebrating the English language and all of its quirks. Here are the links to a select few of those, and a couple more:

School House Rocks, Conjunction Junction:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyjKgz9tKg

School House Rocks, Unpack Your Adjectives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuuZEey_bs

Weird Al, Word Crimes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

David Mitchell, Could Care Less: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw

History of the English Language in 10 Minutes or Less: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Tfbeqyu2U