Course: ATM688, Atmospheric Science Informal Seminar, 1:30-3:00 pm, Wednesdays, IARC 401 (Attention: Due to a conference some seminars will be in IARC 417, see time schedule at

Instructor: Nicole Mölders
Office: IARC 309

Office Hours: Thursdays 1300-1400 in Akasofu 319 Phone:474-7910

Course Description: In this seminar series, ongoing research in Atmospheric Sciences is presented by the researchers. This seminar is the oppertunity to get to know about newest research results, ideas and directions long before you can find them published in peer-reviewed journals. Themes that will be discussed cover various aspects of atmospheric remote sensing, air chemistry and climate at various scales. Students can develop skills on how to participate in scientific discussions, which includes asking and interpreting questions. Another learning outcome is to be able to identify best techniques for preparing a presentation, and giving a talk. The seminar can help students developing/improving discussion and presentation skills.

Suggested readings/textbooks: I expect that you read the memos that I will distribute in class.

Course objective: At the end of the semester you should be able to understand typical questions in Atmospheric Sciences addressed in talks, put up questions, and contribute to the scientific discussion. You will also have chances to learn how to defend a scientific hypothesis and response to questions of various kind.

General Information:

Attendance: You should attend the seminar regularly. Excused absences are absences arranged and approved in advance or absences due to a documented emergency. Such documentation must be made immediately upon the student's return to class. Please understand that this is a college course - you are expected to be on time for the seminar and have all the required material unpacked. A lateness or unpacking disturbs the seminar and is unfair to the other attendees and the speaker.

Homework: I expect that you read the memos that I will distribute in class and that you prepare for the class as assigned.

In-class presentations: You should strive for asking a question n the majority of the seminars and participate in the discussion of the talks. Give the person who is speaking your undivided attention. It is not only common courtesy, but texting, whispering or talking can distract, annoy, and even intimidate students around you as well as myself. Please also switch your cell phones off or to vibration mode if there is an absolute need that you have to be reach 24/7/365. Essentially, you should treat speakers as you would like, and expect, to be treated yourself.

Examinations: N/A

Additional policies: All kinds of weapons will not be allowed in the seminar. If you have a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services or accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact me after class, see me in the my office, or call me during the first week of the semester to be able to define specific accommodation needs and have enough time for any necessary planning or preparation. If you have any kind of a physical or learning disability you must tell me about it. All disabilities are documented by UAF's Center for Health & Counseling and instructors receive a formal letter requesting that accommodation are made following student with disabilities. Any student who is an UAF sponsored athletic or who has other personal or situational difficulty that might affect performance is invited to contact me in the first week of the semester (or as soon as such matters emerge) so that ways of accommodating the difficulty may be anticipated. No texting during the seminar.

Grading Policy: This seminar has a pass/fail grade. To pass you have to attend the classes and contribute to the discussion of the talks. Moreover, you are expected to participate in the discussion, read the memos that I will distribute in class and provide the work assigned. Attending the seminars will provide 10 points each. Contributing to the seminar discussion will be evaluated by maximal 5 points each and I expect 30 points in total in this category. The amount of points you gain depends on the quality of your question. A question like "Is the index a 1 or 2 in figure 5?" is allowed, but not evaluated as a serious contribution to the discussion deservable a point. A pass grade will be given for 70% of the maximal reachable points. Missing more than one seminar without reasonable excuse will automatically result in a fail grade.

Spring 2010 Schedule: A tentative schedule for the entire semester is available on the web under