Chemistry 210 Group 33—Men at Work Group Dynamics Group 33, consisting of Chris Hanson, Brian Swierczek, Jason Brunton, and Jim Neels, had a very positive experience working together. We have met regularly to both study lecture material and complete our group project. All members of the group have contributed equally to the success of the group in researching, website construction, and group priorities. The Men at Work have met several times throughout the course of the semester. Our initial meeting was held at Denny's, where we reviewed for the first exam for several hours. Similar study sessions were held in preparation for the second exam. The group also met to work on our collaborative project. The initial meeting was held in Chris' dorm room, where possible topics for our project were discussed for about thirty minutes. After our topic was finalized, we searched for news items independently. Our second meeting was again held in Chris’ dorm room, and our news item concerning thalidomide was selected from five other chiral compounds and their related news stories. Finding a suitable news article concerning thalidomide was not especially difficult, as the resurgence of this drug has been well publicized in the last year. After our second meeting, the group assembled at the Physics computer lab three times to find suitable links and background information about thalidomide. It is estimated that this process took a total of three to four hours. The group then met at Brian and Jason’s apartment to evaluate the many links and associated web pages that had been located and printed. This meeting was a three to four hour marathon session. We also wrote the text of our web page at this meeting. Our final meeting was held a few days ago in Chris’ dorm room, and the html code was written. We were having problems with a few of our links (specifically our original news item), but these setbacks were overcome with a few hours of work. Working with a group on this project made the task much easier. We feel that with four group members, each person was exposed to four times as much information as we would have found independently. The Men at Work have also established closer ties with one another, and we foresee several more group meetings before the end of the semester. Overall, we feel very positive about the overall experience of creating our web page.