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Discussion Board 2: Integumentary Grant! You serve on a committee for a charitable foundation that will vote and decide how to fund grant requests for research on diseases of the integumentary system. This research could lead to better understanding of disease mechanisms or new therapies/interventions. The applications for the grants have been narrowed down to three choices. Out of these choices, you may only choose one to vote for: 1. Alopecia Areata 2. Scleroderma 3. Psoriasis Which option will you choose and try to convince others to vote for? There is no perfect choice available and all three choices have strong grant applications. Through this two-part discussion with your classmates, you will state your choice, explain the normal/standard anatomy of the system the disease impacts the most, explain how the disease disrupts this system, and why you chose to vote this way using appropriate and sufficient evidence. You will then respond to your classmates’ posts to create an interactive conversation involving debating the diseases, comparing evidence, adding detail, asking questions, brainstorming treatment ideas, etc. Please remember that all of these diseases have merit so keep discussions friendly, or at least civil! Part 1: Initial Post (Worth up to 50 points) • Length: 250-500 words • State and explain your choice. When stating the evidence, consider the challenges that others may have to your evidence and how you could counter those respectful challenges. • You will need to use at least 3 reputable scientific references to support your post (not including your textbook). Reputable sources= peer reviewed scientific journal articles, accredited websites, or books. Google, Wikipedia, etc. are not acceptable sources. Part 2: Responses (Worth up to 50 points) Comment on at least 2 classmate’s discussion submissions. • Each comment must be 150-200 words! o Evaluate their post o You are either adding more evidence to a post that made the same choice as you or challenging another choice (respectfully) with evidence. o Offer questions or substantive responses to what is said. Offer Research and share information that backs or refutes a point being made (“Good Jobs”, or “I agree” are NOT allowed as your response!!). See last page for charts to use to organize your thoughts. This is for you and NOT to be handed in. How will I be graded? The rubric to this assignment is located in the same spot on Blackboard where this guideline is located, as a separate document. Take a look prior to starting the assignment and let your instructor know if you have any questions regarding expectations. What kind of sources should you use? Your information must be credible, accurate, and well supported by evidence. The best sources of information are the research journals and the books as well as webpages maintained by professional societies and organizations. Search for articles and academic material should start with the electronic databases of libraries such as PubMed (opens new window) or other such resources. Don’t forget to CITE! You must cite all sources. Citation format must be MLA or APA (Visit the Purdue Owl Writing Lab (opens new window) for instructions on proper formatting) Examples: In science we primarily use APA. These are basic examples of common citations. Please see the Purdue Owl (linked above) for more details/examples. In-text citation: When you are paraphrasing from an author, so whenever you a taking information form a source and putting it in your own words. According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners. In-text citation quote: If you are taking a quote, you need to include the page number: According to Jones (1998), "students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time" (p. 199). Reference Page: At the end of the document, you want to make sure you reference all of the sources you took information from. Article: Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5–13 Book: Stoneman, R. (2008). Alexander the Great: A life in legend. Yale University Press Electronic Source/Website: Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01

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