Peer Assessment of Group 6
C A T E G O R Y G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 Average
Topic Selection
20 20 20 20 18 19.6
Newspaper and Article Selection
9 9 8 5 9 8
Quality of Editorial Comments
8 8 9 9 8 8.4
Organic Chemistry Content
9 10 9 10 10 9.6
Selection and Quality of the Links 
15 to 18 17 18 18 18 17.8
Format, Number and Types of Questions
8 6 9 7 9 7.8
Quality of the Questions
7 10 9 9 10 9
Overall Impression 
8 8 9 10 9 8.8
TOTAL 89 88 91 88 91 89.4


Evaluation by Group 1

A) Group #1, Evans Group

B) Group #6, Ejaz Group

C) Responses to Various Evaluation Categories

   1) 20	Excellent topic and extremely relevant to organic
chemistry.  Open to all audiences.  Relevant as a social/cultural issue
related to organic chemistry.

   2) 9		Very good on all points, however the article was rather
lengthy and not very recent ( 2/98)

   3) 8		Editorial comments were good bet didn't give additional
context on information presented in the article

   4) 9		With a strong focus on harmful aromatic hydrocarbons the
utilization of links found within the article and editorial comments
helped explain the chemistry efficiently.

   5) 15	Half of the links from the newspaper article did not work
or went to somewhere irrelevant.  The other links were very good.

From: "Bonnie Taylor" 
To: "Dr. Rainer Glaser" 
Subject: Group 1 evaluating Group 6
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 19:08:41 -0500
X-Priority: 3

Dr. Glaser,
    Group 6 asked that we reconsider their links points because we said
that some of their links didn't work and they said that they did. We
looked back through the links and chose to raise their score from a 15 to
an 18. Thanks
        Group 1

   6) 8		No PSP question.  Questions didn't confrom to those asked
for, and didn't relate as well to the article.

   7) 7		Some questions too vague while others were too specific
and overwhelming (ie #4- asks for 3-4 answers in one question). Questions
lack cohesion with each other and the article.

   8) 8		Overall, this was a decent project.  A few revisions could
make it excellent.  We suggest taking some of the information from the
questions and incorporating them into the editorial comments ( to add new
insight).  The length of the article made it difficult to pick central
issues for the questions, it seems you tried to pick too many details for
questions.  Pick a few central issues and expand on them for questions
next time around


Evaluation by Group 2

(A)  Group 2: Cuba Group
(B)  Group 6: Ejaz Group
(C)1)  Topic Selection: 20 Points
          This topic is the basis of what we are studying this semester,
and thus, it should be of interest to the audience.  Everyday exposure is
something that everyone needs to be aware of.

  2)  Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points
           This was an interesting, well-written article.  It was a little
bit on the long side, so keeping the reader's attention might be
difficult.  The authors seemed very qualified to write on this topic.

  3)  Quality of the Editorial Comments:  8 Points
            It adds to the article nicely.  Some areas are lacking in
punctuation (overly long sentences that are sometimes hard to follow).
Somewhat lacking in transitions between paragraphs.  Organization could be

  4)  Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points
            Many derivatives of benzene are named and have links leading
to more information.  The chemical issues are crystal clear.  The effects
of chemicals on the body are highlighted nicely.

  5)  Selection and Quality of the Links: 17  Points
            The benzene link went to the American Lung Association.  This
didn't seem pertinent to organic chemistry, although the page did mention
benzene briefly.  The Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons link was the same
as the one in the actual article.  Although it was a good link, more time
could possibly have been taken to find a different link to give additional
information.  The rest of the links were helpful and pertinent to the

  6)  Format, Number and Types of Questions: 6 Points
            Seven questions were too many, especially when many were of
the same type and similar in format.  A PSP question was not included and
was required to be the last question.  This was an important requirement,
as it required the opinion of the reader.

  7)  Quality of the Questions: 10 Points
            Proper English could have been used on Question 3.  The
questions make the reader think and use outside resources, which is good.

  8)  Overall Impression: 8 Points

TOTAL SCORE:  88 points 


Evaluation by Group 3

(A) Group 3:  Rau Group
(B) Group 6:  Ejaz Group
(1) Topic Selection:  20                                                                                                                                                                             
Good topic, strong concern for any age group, plenty of chemistry

(2) Newspaper and Article Selection:  8
Too long, old source, not too interesting, very long, but informative

(3) Quality of the Editorial Comments:  9
Work on the grammar, editorial does do a good job of putting the article
in context

(4) Organic Chemistry Content:  9
There was only about one sentence in the book about the topic, could
include information from chapter 17, good way to bring chemistry into the

(5) Selection and Quality of the Links:  18
Very diverse links, more could have been provided though, the link for Q4
could not be accessed

(6) Format, Number and Types of Questions:  9
No PSP question

(7) Quality of the Questions:  9
Q and A are very long and involved, be more selective of the central

(8) Overall Impression:  9
Good and very informative, could use minor adjustments

Total points:  91


Evaluation by Group 4

A. Group 4 Three Musketeers

B. Group 6 Ejaz Group

C. Responses to Various Evaluation Categories

  1. Topic Selection: 20 Points
     Very interesting. A topic that effects everyone.

  2. Newspaper and Article Selection: 5 Points
     The article was very exciting to read, but on the long side. Our        
     group was under the impression that the article had to come from
     a newspaper. Is Scientific American is a magazine? The authors          
       seemed qualified to write on this subject.

  3. Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points
     The comments are very good, they pull out very important           
information from the long article.

  4.  Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points
      The key organic chemical issue was made very clear sufficient          
    background information was provided to understand the chemistry.

  5.  Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points
      The links are very good. The EPA link is confusing to get around       

  6. Format, Number, and Types of Questions: 7 Points
     Very good questions. We thought seven was quite a few questions.
     We didn't find a PSP among these seven.

  7. Quality of the Questions: 9 Points
     Excellent quality of questions.

  8. Overall Impression 10 Points
     This is information that everyone should know about.  Many people
     don't know that they are exposed to these chemical on a daily           
basis. This project was well written and presented. This would a           
good candidate for publication.


Evaluation by Group 5

 Topic Selection:  18
    The topic was rather broad.  It seemed to have
covered many topics that could be found in many other

 Newspaper and Article Selection:  9
    The source of the newspaper was good, but the
article chosen seemed rather long.

 Quality of Editorial Comments: 8
    The comments seemed to focus mainly on benzene and
its derivatives whereas the article had many other
types of compound that were not mention in the

 Organic Chem. Content: 10
    The information in the article pertained very much
to organic chemistry.

 Selection and Quality of Links: 18
    The links satisfy the criteria and aid in the
learning of the knowledge.  The first link did not
seem to go along with the article.

 Format, Number and Types of Questions:  9
   The last two question did not really capture our
interest.  There were a lot of questions.

 Quality of the Questions: 10
    There type of quesitons were really good.  It
seems as though much work was put into these

 Overall Impression: 9