User talk:BallonaBuddy

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Week 2 Feedback

  • Thank you for submitting your assignment on time. Here is the feedback on your assignment.
  • You wrote something in the summary field for 68 out of 99 saves (69%) since Week 1, which is OK, but remember we are aiming for 100%. Don't forget to write a summary when you upload images.
  • The purpose that you wrote could be more detailed and should mention that you are explore a model.
    • You wrote: To identify the influences of various disease traits on infection dynamics.
    • I would revise it to be: To identify the influences of various parameters on a SIR model of infectious disease dynamics.
  • With regard to your questions from the video:
    • If Rate 2 (Rate of Recovery) varies between individuals, does Rate 2 reflect the mean recovery rate?
      • I think it would.
    • How do we account for if immunity/vaccination is not permanent?
      • Vaccinated people are similar to the "recovered" category. It would mean that some folks from the "recovered" category would move back into "susceptible" at a certain rate.
  • You needed to interpret the model results of the initial model before you changed the parameters.
  • Your interpretations of the model graphs after you manipulated the parameters were good.
  • Your explanation of the Giordano et al. (2020) article and XKCD comic were good.
  • Your conclusion needs to be more specific. Restate in more detail some of the main findings that you made from manipulating the model parameters, not just what they were about.
  • Your references section needs some work. There were some references missing, and all the citations need to be in APA format.
    • Anything mentioned in your Acknowledgments section needs a formal citation in the References section.
    • You need to cite the Epidemix website, the SIR model website, and the video website.
  • To answer your questions that you posted in the class journal:
    • Is the genetic material for the virus sequenced?
      • Yes! :)
    • Does the 10-14 day "incubation period" entail that the patient is infectious? Or are they in a latency period?
      • I don't know for sure, but I think one of the issues with the spread of COVID-19 is that individuals are able to spread the infection before they show symptoms, or while they don't show symptoms at all.
    • Is post-recovery immunity permanent?
      • There have been reports of patients getting COVID-19 twice. I don't know how widespread that is.

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 23:29, 30 September 2020 (PDT)

Week 1 Feedback

I will be posting the feedback on your weekly assignments on your talk page. You will be able to earn back the points you lost on the Week 1 assignment by making the changes listed below by the Week 3 deadline on 12:01 am, Thursday, September 24. Here is the feedback for Week 1.

  • Thank you for submitting your assignment on time.
  • You completed all of the tasks except for the following:
    • You wrote something in the summary field 58 out of 110 saves (53%). This is OK, but we are really aiming for 100%.
    • I guess you missed the information about using your real name as your user name. I don't want you to change it now, but in the future, please carefully follow directions.
    • Please ask me a question on my User talk page.
    • Please complete the Google Form. The link can be found on Brightspace in the "Overview" or "Announcements" section.
    • For your snail mail address, use "Department of Biology" instead of LSB 101 (building and room numbers aren't used on the official postal mail addresses.
    • Double-check what CURes stands for. I don't think "environmental safety" is part of the acronym (at least not on their website).
    • It is customary to NOT use the single "=" as a header because that is reserved for the name of the page. Then you need to have the three levels of headers, "==", "===", and "====". You are currently missing the "====" level.
    • Please "comment something out" by typing something like <!--this would be a hidden comment-->. It will only be seen when you are in edit mode.
    • The syntax for your linked file is incorrect. Please use [[Media: Robert_Guess_1975.pdf| Robert_Guess_1975.pdf]] instead of [[File: Robert_Guess_1975.pdf| Robert_Guess_1975.pdf]]. Using "media" instead of "file" will make it a single click download instead of taking you to a separate page.
    • For your list of assignments and class journals on your template, go back and add labels to the links. For example, instead of [[BIOL368/F20:Week 1]], use [[BIOL368/F20:Week 1 | Week 1 Assignment]].
    • Note that there is no Week 13 assignment, so you can remove that link from your list of assignments, individual journal, and class journal links. There was also no Week 1 individual journal (the user page was how you fulfilled that assignment).
    • The links on your template page to the class journals are incorrect. See the course home page for the syntax for the correct link.
    • You don't need to have the syntax for the category on your user page because it is already on your template and you have invoked your template on your user page.
    • In your Acknowledgments section, the link to Kam's user page is incorrect.
    • Don't forget to sign your Academic Honesty statement with your wiki signature (4 tildes).
    • Cite the Week 1 Assignment page from this class and the Denning and Janovy readings.
  • Hopefully after this course you will have acquired some skills and will know about free resources and tools to tackle the biological questions that interest you!

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 12:57, 17 September 2020 (PDT)