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Ann White
I found this video presentation from Hulu and would like to share. The speaker is David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us, and his 60-minute talk covers a few of the points from his book. In very broad summary, Shenk's research finds that genetics is not a final determinant of competency, and that genes are influenced on a daily basis by one's surroundings. This speaks to me as an educator who often meets learners who either blatantly or implicitly place limitations on their ability to succeed in an academic environment.

Shenk's talk was hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.

When reading the local paper, which is often filled with details of crime and criminal justice technology, I wonder if we could have a forum where students could submit local stories. It is important, when thinking about criminal justice, that students understand the community connection also. This might also be something that we could think about for the DB or a collaborative activity where students share (share and pair) their articles and comment upon them or review and summarize them.

Erica response -- what about a class blog? I beleive we have a feature in .Next but we can also create private blogs. It will reinforce the nature of public writing as an extension of academic writing

Tina's response to Erica-- A blog would certainly be an interesting idea. To ensure its effectiveness, do you think it would be best to be voluntary, or could it be something required on a weekly or bi-weekly basis?

Tara Jill -

As far as a new name for Take A Break is concerned, I was thinking of potential names and calling it "Jury Deliberation" or "Hung Jury" to focus on multiple perspectives that relate to that Unit's activities.

Any thoughts?

These are all great ideas. Also, since there are now several reliable (stable) sites online that have free documentaries as well as good news sites that have archives to interviews, any links to longer pieces could go onto Webliography. Of course, the shorter YouTube items stay in each unit under "Take a Break." : - )

Hilda Response --these are my ideas about projects. Had trouble accessing the Wiki. I apologize for posting these so late.

We need to define the types of writing students will actually use in their careers: CJ, fire science and emergency management. This is a writing course, so we should focus on developing real life skills that will help these people be more successful as police officers, fire fighters and emergency management coordinators. Not all students are beginners. We have quite a few that are working on a degree to improve their chances for advancement in their field.
It’s a given that their writing needs to be clear, concise, correct and complete.
They will write reports, narratives about investigations, budget justifications( for such things as cardiac care response vehicles, integrated communication system that will improve response during catastrophes such as wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, purchasing SUV’s for canine patrol officers, starting a Police Athletic League or Explorer program, improving Hispanic or Asian or minority outreach, a horse patrol, a bike patrol, a gang unit, a crime prevention program for local daycares, fire prevention programs for schools, needs for new city ordinances such as bans on open burning), speeches for community groups, powerpoints for presentation within their departments, training classes, etc.
Can we incorporate some of these types of writing into the projects?

Tina's response to Hilda-- It is a great idea that we make many aspects of the course applicable to students. You note that they should develop real life skills. Along with this, though, we have a chance to encourage them to connect to their intended careers, writing, and their community. I wonder if discussions, unit activities, or take a break are the best forums for this.

Hilda White:

Possible Topics for CM103 (All of these came from CQ Researcher in Kaplan Library)
  1. Emergency Management Professions
Many emergency-management experts say the country is ready for the next “disaster,” but not for another “catastrophe” like Katrina. Others say the country falls woefully short on both counts. Do you think the U.S. is prepared for a nuclear disaster?
  1. Fire Science Professions
    1. Female juvenile arsonists
    2. Arson for Profit

  1. Technology and CJ, FS and Emergency Management Professions
Should the government regulate private-sector cybersecurity?
  1. CJ Professions: Prison Overcrowding
  2. Are too many nonviolent criminals being incarcerated?
  3. Should nonviolent drug offenders be sent to prison?
  4. Should prisoners be better protected against rape?
  5. Should Congress amend the Prison Litigation Reform Act?
  1. Are criminal profiles a reliable way to find serial killers?
  2. Should criminal profilers be allowed to testify in court cases? Courts have generally refused to admit profiling testimony in criminal trials, because profiles do not meet legal standards for scientific reliability. But judges have admitted testimony by profilers based on their expertise in linking several crimes to a single suspect — a method known as “linkage analysis.”
Should crime laboratories be independent of law enforcement agencies?
Should states and/or the federal government be required to provide compensation for those wrongly convicted and incarcerated but later proved innocent?
Should Supreme Court cases be televised?
  1. Should law enforcers use DNA “dragnets” to find serial killers?
  2. Should Congress criminalize pretexting? Obtaining access to confidential information by pretending to be another person — or pretexting — became news this year when investigators for HP used the tactic to obtain phone records of board members and journalists.A pending House bill would ban pretexting to obtain phone records and require phone companies to do more to prevent the practice. Supporters of the measure say it's needed because some lawyers believe pretexting is legal. But opponents say it would unfairly increase phone companies' privacy-protection responsibilities. Others say lawmakers should spend their energy developing a broader consumer-privacy law.
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