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RE1: Students who received a score of 85% or below may revise RE1; the fresh attempt will receive a new assessment. To be eligible for the revision, you must visit office hours to discuss the first attempt and how you will undertake more substantial revision in the second. The deadline for the electronic copy will be Wednesday, 2/8 by 10pm (mailed to Nico Daiyega), with a paper copy submitted by the start of lecture on Thursday, 2/9 (with the original version and rubric attached). The revision must include a new writer's memo.

RE2v1: The deadline for electronic submission has been extended to Friday, 2/3 @ 4pm (i.e., without grade penalty). Students turning in RE2v1 on Friday should provide a paper copy in the Physics 280 homework box (2nd floor, Loomis Lab). Additional time will not be granted for late papers.

The page limit remains 1.0 pages for RE2v1. Note: I
f you need to edit to meet this target and resubmit (by the extended deadline), please do so. Mark all physical resubmissions as "New Version" somewhere on the first page, so we can discern it from other physical copies. For electronic submissions, we will grade the most recent submission based on time submitted.

RE2v2: The page limit has been extended to 1.5 pages. The additional space should be used to ensure better integration of technical matter and improve persuasive strategies. The increased page limit applies only to RE2v2.

Course Resources

We encourage you to visit us during office hours to discuss your writing goals, progress, and challenges. You are welcome to attend your writing lab TA's hours and those of other staff. To work on your writing, you can also make an appointment with the staff at the Writers Workshop. For llnks to these and other resources, please visit the course Resources page.

Under the Supplemental Information tab of the course menu, you can find resources for exploring how nuclear weapons and arms control have shaped our modern cultural imagination. These are provided for personal growth and exploration. Kelly Searsmith's Cartooning the Bomb slideshow of political cartoons has been updated for this year. The latest new item is an article that discusses Bikini Bottom as a nuclear test site and SpongeBob (see the cartoon section).

Peer Review How-To
Important: Be sure to submit your drafts and reviews to the correct assignment.

Slide Show Tutorial: Please refer to this slideshow for a tutorial on how to conduct peer-reviews via the Secure Documentation submission portal. The slideshow provides the basic instructions given below plus some screen images to help guide you.

Basic Instructions: Upload your draft to the secure document distribution folder and email it to your reviewer by following these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Browse for your draft and upload
  3. Enter the NetID of your reviewer in the field below the recipient list and click "add"
  4. Select "require login"
  5. Keep the password field blank
  6. Right-Click the file name in the box "Files attached to this file group"; this will open a menu from which you select "copy link"
  7. Paste the link into the email to your reviewer

Complete your peer review by following these steps:

  1. Review the draft you receive from your reviewee and submit the reviewed paper. Choose the appropriate review assignment
  2. Also email a copy to your reviewee. This can be done through the secure document distribution

COVID-19 Adjustments

GLBL/PHYS 280 is being held in person in Spring 2023.

Assignment Turn-In When Isolating:

If you are required to isolate and cannot attend class on a day when the paper copy of an assignment is due, please turn in yoru paper copy as soon as your isolation period ends. There will be no penalty.

Assignment Return When You or Your TA Is Isolating:

If you or your TA are isolating and cannot attend Writing Lab in person, your graded assignment will be returned via PEAR (Protected Email Attachment Respository). A PEAR intro with access link can be found here (requires NetID login).