Catch-27 Group Dynamics Report 4-2-99 Our group, Catch-27, has met quite often to collaborate and work on this Chemistry 210 Project. All of these meetings were held in the Ellis Library, for it was the most convenient place for everyone in the group. They were usually held on Mondays and/or Wednesday, depending on everyoneŐs schedule for that week, and lasted anywhere from 1-2 hours apiece. During our meetings, we all shared various ideas on each aspect of the project, and then decided which idea was going to be used. For example, during our first meeting, everyone brought in a relevant newspaper article they had found on the Internet. Then, after everyone had a chance to read through every article, we all decided on which one to use. In all, we had five newspaper articles on various subjects with which to chose from. These articles came from such newspapers as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The articles included topics on environmental issues, recent findings in science, and health related issues. We chose the article dealing with health related issues, more specifically Rezulin and diabetes. This group project had a few advantages. The most important advantage was being able to meet a few new faces in the class that we didnŐt know before. These "faces" eventually became friends and study partners. Another advantage is that we learned more about a very serious disease, diabetes, and learned about some of the treatments that are out there for it. Advantages often come with problems, however. The few problems we encountered were minor. The biggest problem was figuring out times to meet around everyoneŐs weekly schedules. We found a solution, however, and were able to meet often thereafter. Another small problem we encountered was gathering information after selecting a topic. We found the solution to that problem as well. It turned out that the name of the drug, Rezulin, was also Troglitazone. Once that was discovered, we had no problems finding information on the Internet. We didnŐt have any really big problems with this project, just the few small problems mentioned above. If given the chance to, we would like to engage in such group activities again.