Group Dynamics Ð PLEFKA, Group 18, Tommi White, Amy Crowe, Andrea Sano, Brad Plefke and Megan Christensen Our collaborative semester project was created with a very pleasant degree of cooperation, respect, planning, delegation, plus more than a little laughter and absolutely no bloodshed (not even threats of it). While we were all a bit intimidated by the assignment Ð preparing a news item in which no magic answers will appear in our email at the last minute Ð everyone contributed and the final project came off more smoothly than we expected. We all had different interests in the topic so people who were more interested in science issues found those and other people did more social research. It's also nice to have a journalism major who likes typing and getting the final editorial cut. The hardest part was the science and deciding how to sound competent without overkill and without going over our heads in chemistry. Schedules were a challenge, but we managed to get work done even when one or two people had to be absent. We traded a lot of email to make sure everyone knew what was going on. For example, while we were drafting our editorial comments, we listed our links and a project outline in a Word file as we worked, then emailed it to everyone so we could use it between our meetings. It helped that we all had the same level of conscientiousness/anxiety about our grade, so everyone made the same effort to get things right.