Peer Assessment of Group 33
C A T E G O R Y G26 G27 G28 G29 G30 G31 Average
Topic Selection
(0-20)
19 19 20 18 20 18 19
Newspaper and Article Selection
(0-10)
9 8 10 9 7 7 8.3
Quality of Editorial Comments
(0-10)
9 9 10 10 6 10 9
Organic Chemistry Content
(0-10)
9 10 9 10 9 10 9
Selection and Quality of the Links 
(0-20)
15 18 20 18 15 17 17.2
Format, Number and Types of Questions
(0-10)
10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Quality of the Questions
(0-10)
9 9 10 9 10 10 9.5
Overall Impression 
(0-10)
10 9 10 9 8 8 9
TOTAL 91

 
 

Evaluation by Group 26
 (1) Topic Selection: 19 Points (0-20)
                        Very interesting topic.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The author seem qualified to write on science. Very good source.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Short, sweet and to the point.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        They could have described the compounds slightly more.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 15 Points (0-20)
                        The links to see the forms of the compounds were not easily acessible. In order to view the 3D models a program must be downloaded. Too complicated. The other links were very good.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        All the requirements were met.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                         Great!

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        Very interesting. Good for publication. Helpful in discussion of chirality and enantiomers.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 27

 (1) Topic Selection: 19 Points (0-20)
                        The material selected for research is directly applicable to the field of organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The article was a bit more laconic than would have been expected from a scientific reading.  The author did, however, seem to understand the significance of the issue.  The article incites the interest of avid organic fans.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments finely summarized the gist of the article.  Both well-organized and properly dictated, the article was journal-quality.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        There was a smooth confluence between the article and the textbook in both subject matter and congruence in terminology.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
                        The links were very facilitating in efforts to learn more about the issue.  There could have been a few more links, but there is no real problem with them.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions met the requirements posed by Dr. Glaser in both type and form.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The questions, for the most part, were pertinent to the article and featured a moral judgement item for controversial purposes.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        I found the article to be interesting as well as informative and fulfilled the major requirements for a good news article.

                        I feel that this article would be commendable.
 

Evaluation by Group 28

  (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was interesting.  It showed how biology and chemistry are so closely tied.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The author seemed qualified to write on the science.  The article was good and it was recently published.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments gave good background info about thalidomide.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The organic chemistry issues were presented well.  Background was great.  A link to chemfinder would've been helpful.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The links were all great.  The links seemed to have been chosen carefully and were well-embedded in the editorial comments.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        There are five well-written questions.  They are from a variety of categories.  PSP question is included and is thought-provoking.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions address a wide variety of issues in the article.  They are clear.

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        This project was great and gave me new insights into drug treatment.
 

Evaluation by Group 29

 (1) Topic Selection: 18 Points (0-20)
                        A well related topic to all. An also related to organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The article is a good one , but slighty lengthy.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        A well prepared editorial comments.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        A good blend of organic chemistry from the text and with the article.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
                        Good links but should have choosen links that are easier to acess.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        All follow the number of questions required and the last question is a PSP.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The questions do vary but should vary more.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        A job well done but could have improved on the links.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 30

 (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was very relevent to today's problems.  It seems to be a topic of interest to a lot of people from the past to the present.  The topic correlated well with stereochemistry, providing a good relation to organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 7 Points (0-10)
                        The article was published in a high quality publication, the New York Times.  The article was too long to maintain a high level of interest about the topic.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 6 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial could have done more to place the article in a greater context.  It seemed that a lot of the editorial was summarization of the article itself.  The paragraphs were a little short and could have used more substance.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The key chemical issues were made clear.  The strongest element of the editorial was the chemical explanation of the probems and solutions with Thalidomide.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 15 Points (0-20)
                        The links were relevent and stable, but they seem somewhat repetitive.  The links also seemed to be injected into one small paragraph and their functions were not completely clear.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        There were five questions with good variety.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        There is a good variety of questions.  The questions make sure the readers understood the topic from different aspects.  The philosophical question seems to grasp the underlying problem.

        (8) Overall Impression. 8 Points (0-10)
                        The article was very good for the most part.  The editorial comments could have used more work but the questions were strong.
 

Evaluation by Group 31

(1) Topic Selection: 18 Points (0-20)
                        The content of the article seemed to directly affect women of child bearing age.  However, it did have a lot to do with organic chemistry.
 

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 7 Points (0-10)
                        The article was rather long and wasn't very exciting.  The author did seem to know how to right science articles.  It was also from a well known news source (New York Times).

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The comments summed up a very long article in a few choice paragraphs.
 

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The organic compounds where named and pictures of enatiomers were supplied.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 17 Points (0-20)
                        The links seemed, on average, too long.  Other than that, they did seem to fit in well with the theme.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions utilized the article for emphasis, refering to the article and the editorial comments.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were very good.  They covered a wide scope of the article.

        (8) Overall Impression. 8 Points (0-10)
                        The article was just too long.  If a smaller article could be found with the same information, it would be more interesting to the reader.